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post #11 of 12 Old 04-11-2015, 01:28 PM
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When a horse gets cold they use there body fat to keep themselves warm as you probably know, so if you horse is loosing some weight, I would recommend getting a blanket, but it is optional. The draft horses usually get coats that keeps them pretty warm though. So you are probably fine. =)

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post #12 of 12 Old 04-11-2015, 01:35 PM
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Always keep a blanket ready and in good condition for every one of your horses. If it's bitter cold and your horse gets a chill, you may have to blanket him. If you keep that blanket on too long, or for the next few days he will become overheated, and then where do you go?...Florida?
I keep mine turned out at night in the Fall and let the water tank freeze over before I start stalling at night. They build really good coats. I've only turned them out once all night this Spring bc it was dry and in the 50's F.
There is no "blanket" answer to your question. Horses are not built like these buffalo (10 minutes from my house),

who can weather nasty storms. Horses need wind shelter and a place to keep their feet dry. By the time your horse has a runny nose and is shivering is the WRONG time to realize you should have provided adequate winter shelter.
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