Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Washington State
I imagine this depends greatly on where the horse lives, and whether they are inside or outside. :)
Our horses are in 24/7 outside turnout, with only trees for weather protection. We live near Spokane, WA, so have 4 true seasons, with a real winter, snow included. lol.
We don't blanket them or feed them any alfalfa or anything. They get their regular hay, heated water tank, and a bit of grain.
I have blankets for when they might get sick or injured and need to be corralled to be monitored only.
We do ride in the winter, but don't use coolers or any special blankets. If there is the rare moment of someone sweating in winter, we just towel them off before we turn them back out. Usually we don't ride too hard in winter though, because the ground is always a tad too questionable. :) And nor do we use any blankets or coolers before we ride.
Hope that helps. :)