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post #1 of 16 Old 02-14-2017, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question Quarantine and blankets

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New horse mama here. So my horse is almost from the kill pen in Bowie TX to her new home in Polk City Florida!
The guy at the barn says he wants to quarantine her for 10 days even tho she has a coggins and Heath cert. he wants to put her in a paddock with a lean to... is this usual/ok?

Also she's an underweight Belgian; we are getting down to 45 degrees at night, should I blanket and New Zealand her if she'll let me?
Logic tells me she's a horse, belongs outside and has been tough enough to make it this far, but as a newbie Mum I want her in a stable with a blanket on! Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated
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post #2 of 16 Old 02-14-2017, 06:45 PM
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Very common to quarantine a new horse, especially one from an auction. 10 days is actually on the low end.

Blanketing is up to you. It will help her from shivering off any calories (how cold is 45*f??) If she has a good coat though, you don't have to. Belgians usually grow good coats.
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Thanks so much for your help... 40 degrees F is about 4 degrees Celsius.
So you think a 1200D blanket will good ?
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1200D just tells you the shell, not the warmth. 1200 a good number anyway. At 4*c you'd only need a light blanket probably, ~100g. It's just warmed up to that here and I've taken off my blankets.
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Usually horses from a kill pen are quarantined for 30 days, as kill pens are notorious for spreading diseases, especially strangles and other respiratory ailments. Add in the fact that she's underweight and the stress of the long haul from Texas...she's bound to have some problems. Ideally, you should have her examined by a vet upon arrival.

If your barn has a quarantine stall and turnout, I'd go with that option vs straight turnout, so she can be brought in during wet cold weather. As for blanketing, yes, do so when needed.
Kudos to you for rescuing your horse.
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post #6 of 16 Old 02-14-2017, 08:45 PM
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Your barn gets points for quarantining her. You really do need to do 30 days as 10 is still in the incubation window.
Do not blanket her. 99.9% sure she has never seen a blanket before, you won't find a filled blanket that fits her (90-100), she will get too hot and stressed. .. Drafts love cold weather. Your weather is similar to where she came from and is acclaimed to it. Keep her eating hay and introduce some concentrates laced with oil.
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post #7 of 16 Old 02-14-2017, 09:03 PM
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Congratulations on your new horse coming home....
Your horse is coming from a climate similar to ours right now.
Remember though that here with you she will be fed, have protection from the elements and is going to be fed and gain weight pretty quick and steadily..
The horse is acclimated to weather conditions colder from her origination point than where she is coming to...

So... Polk City is inside Polk County, Florida which is center of the state.
Not to far from Disney World as a landmark of geographic location for those not knowing the area.
The nights are not normally cold by standards of most who are commenting.
Days are warm in 70+ - 80's degrees everyday.
Mid 40 - 60+ degrees at night a horse with a blanket with any warmth factor will be to warm and sweating, defeating the purpose of supplying a blanket for warmth.
If there is a shelter from rain and wind the horse has access to you should be good with just keeping hay in front of the horse 24/7.
In addition to the horse eating and benefiting with weight gain the digestion of that hay will add warmth too.
During the day the horse needs no blanket nor sheet as the sun is so warming...
My horses sweat everyday it seems. I am also in the state....
I have not blanketed my horse but once this year, sheets yes.
Sharp north wind and damp intense thick fog is soaking in nature and I do sheet against the wet their coats get to the skin....but cold, no!
Sheet yes, blanket no....not needed now.

If you are determined to buy "weather protection" purchase a sheet with no warmth factor.
Make it a turnout style so it will repel moisture yet breathe.
It is still "dry" season here yet for a little longer although we have had a few good rains {we need them!!} as of late...but for the most part...beautiful, dry & sunny weather most days and clear nights with stars and not much breeze. As of late in the 50's to near 60 sometimes at night by me and I'm north of you.
Personal opinion is buy a sheet for use now.
Buy the blanket for next year and put it away for then.

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Thank you so much for your detailed reply. Feeling much more confident and off to buy a sheet tomorrow! Thanks again
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Thanks! Good point about not seeing a blanket before, didn't think of that aspect.
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post #10 of 16 Old 02-14-2017, 09:19 PM
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I totally agree with @horselovinguy ! I'm 8 hours north of you. We frequently get nights below freezing and I haven't had a blanket or sheet on mine (one QH, one RMH) in the 2 years I've had them here. Belgians, especially, are heavy coated horses that thrive in cooler weather. A run-in shed will probably get used more for shade than rain protection. My 2 prefer hanging out under a tree in the rain and they have a 20x20 barn they can go inside to stay dry! During the summer, though, I know my mare will just about live in the barn during the day!
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