I check ears first always, then run my hand down under the mane, is it warm and dry?
Then hand down just behind front leg where the coat is fine, run hand along belly and check inside back leg, if all is dry and warm to the touch, then I'm good, no blankets needed..
Oh ok, can I follow what you just suggested? That sounds like a very thorough and accurate way of checking.
Your mare is young, she should be fine.
I know, but I still worry for her when Im not there.
I tend to worry more about a horse overheating because they have a blanket on when it is not needed....that is much harder for them.
true and this is why I would only blanket her in extreme cold temps.
The sun would have to be out in the day for them to overheat IMO.
From my experiences at barns, most who blanket leave them on in the day because they work in the day. Ive seen it many times before where horses will have blankets on, on a sunny winter day uhhhhhh.
If anything, Im more worried about my mare wearing her blanket while in the herd and dont want her herd mates tearing it or have a safety risk. Obviously horses with blankets on while out in a herd are much more skeptical and at risk of that blanket getting damaged or the straps becoming undone right?
It really bothers me when I see horses blanket snaps become undone. Its a huge safety risk as the horse can easily trip over it and/or freak out.
I just know the BO here, he doesnt blanket any horses there or any of his own but he is fine with boarders doing it on their horses as long as they are there when needed to remove them.