OK, again it can be -50*C with the windchill and as long as they have some protection from the wind, and enough hay to eat, and a heated water bowl, I simply would not worry about blanketing a young healthy horse. To me the disadvantages outweigh the advantages
Ok I see. BUT I did and do blanket her in the summer/fall when it pouring rain. I know a lot at the old barn blanketed in the summer when it would pour out. I think just about any horse would get cold in the rain because the rain is wet and they have no winter coat on. Rain is 100% always wet and theres no such thing as dry rain, so IMO (maybe im wrong, you tell me), horses get colder a lot more easily in the summer in the rain with their summer coats, than they do in the winters with their winter coats. THOUGH, the temps in winters are much much colder. Ironic ejh?
..for instance, my old girl, I am away for 3 weeks or so over Christmas, my son will check my horses and feed, but I do not trust him to do blanket checks, so she is safer without.
Remember that blankets do get destroyed in a boarding situation, and it is very annoying. Now my barn is great, the owner put one of her own blankets on my mare when hers got damaged
Yes and this is what im worried about. But either way, come summer, if it pours im not going to NOT blanket her for not risking the blanket getting destoryed.
I was going to see her tonight but decided to make it tomorrow night. If I went tonight (because its so cold, I wouldnt be able to get there til at least 7:30pm cause I know the BO threw out extra hay for the herd tonight and they will be munching on it for hours. Seeing how I like to be in bed by 9:30pm at the latest, and its a 25-30min drive each way, its a bit tight for time.