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What would you suggest is the right temp to put your horses winter blankets on?
I try not to put them on as often, unlike the people who think as soon as they're cold, then their horses must be cold too. No offence to anyone.

Both of my horses have a nice, thick, winter coat. Generally, I only put them on if the temp is 30 degrees or less, and add in the wind/chill factor. I do put the blanket on more often with my mare because she's older and it's really hard to keep weight on her.

What do you do with your horses?
 

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Blanket all winter or not at all. You are actually making it harder for a horse with a winter coat to regulate its own temperature by occasional blanketing. If you blanket a horse with a thick coat they could get to warm. And when you take it off you have flattened the coat and it takes a bit for it to puff up again. I dont blanket mine, they have half the barn for shelter, so if they get cold they can go inside. Plus I dont have the money to buy two sets of blankets for my mare, and my growing colt.
 

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My TB has almost no winter coat. It's there, but he's not super fuzzy at all....its like an extra thick show coat, if that makes sense. We've had some crazy weather, from cold to really hot and now its cold again, so its no wonder he shed it out. If its in the fifties or high fourties, he gets a nice stall blanket, but he can go out without it. If its below that, I throw on a lightweight turnout over it.
 

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This is the first year I've ever blanketed. It's mostly because the field Lacey is in doesn't have any shelter at all and at her age I do not want her standing around wet from the rain.

I started blanketing as soon as it got wet, so around Octoberish. It felt kind ridiculous to start that early but Lacey seems to be in much better condition right now than she was at this time last year, under the same sort of work.

I'm no blanket expert so i can't really help you out but that's what I've been doing. =)
 

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Sillybunny, I don't agree with the statement.

Justsambam, we too have had some crazy weather. Just yesterday it was 41 and sunny, I woke up this morning and we had 5 inches of snow.

Wallaby, some horses need it earlier. :)
 

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I'm going to have to agree with sillybunny on this one. I blanket mine or I don't at all. I had a rescue that had a nice, long coat and I didn't blanket him. My TB mares however, shake profusely when they don't have their blankets on. I have a sheet for all of them and a medium weight for two of them (the other has a heavy weight as she is the most sensitive to cold). If they get too cold even for their medium weight I add a stable blanket under it to make a heavy weight.

Anyway, I blanket mine when it's 30 degrees or under. 30 degrees for a light weight, 20 for a medium, and about 15 for a heavy (this is not including wind chill that always comes with the cold in KS)
 

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I have light weight blankets. They are turnout that are just lined with wool, no polyfill. I only blanket horses that are clipped, old/sick, or do not have at least a 3-sided shelter to get out of the wind. My horses only had a one-sided shelter last winter. I only blanketed during that time if the temperatures were 40 or below and it was windy, or 45 or below and rainy/windy. If it was sunny outside, even with wind, blankets would stay off.
 

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a one-sided shelter? how does that look? I'm picturing a wall stuck out in the middle of a pasture......lol :)
 

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Sillybunny, I've also owned and worked with horses for 14+ years, I've worked with many trainers, every Tuesday and Thursday I do my job shadow with my large animal vet and I'm in college to become a large animal veterinarian, currently I'm in Canton to become a large animal vet tech, then transferring to Cornell for large animal science. I know the trainers of Gunther don't agree with it because they have had a boarder say the same thing. I'll ask Dr. King tomorrow and see what he has to say.
 

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Eventer, my mom lives in KS.

Luvs, my mare is around 26, and has a horrible time keeping on weight. My 5 y/o has a nice coat but it's still horrible, weather wise, in NY, to not blanket a horse, somedays. I have a barn where you can open the stall doors so it turns into a run-in, and usually we always keep them open.
 

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My mare is sheeted all the time, seeing as she hates the wind, but other than that is not blanketed at all, for 'warmth' sake. However, I am planning on body clipping her to help with how much she sweats when she works...having one horse who takes less time to dry will be extremely helpful; I won't body clip the yearlings, as they aren't being ridden.
 

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Uggh, I lost part of my post...Lol!

Anyway, I would say it's up to you when, or at how cold, you blanket your horses at night...if you feel they should have it, then do it :D
 

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Depends on horse, age, shealter, feed, health proplems, and coat.
My 4 year old appendix is a huge wimp to cold wather (he has a thin hair coat), and it hasn't been warmer then 32 degrees out here (and it has been windy with 30 mph winds!), my horse wears a hood, and light weight winter blanket, and he is kept in a stall and in a indoor arena most of the time (Don't worry I let him out to play during the day, most days). I cheak him everyday to see if he sweats and he doesn't, and he doen't seem to mind the blankets.

The other horses at my barn (And I need to take care of them 2 times a day for the rest of this week Dx untill the barn owner comes back from WARM Florida lol ) don't wear blankets except for the old men (Thats what we all call them). All the horses have a leantube to go into, when it get 0 degrees farienhiet we need to bring all the horses in.
 

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How do you know if your horse is a "baby" and needs a blanket. No one I know body clips around here because of the weather conditions. So i've never dealt with that.
 

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For a horse in good health that is not clipped, a rain sheet works out easier than a blanket. It takes care of the chilling due to rain and wind and you don't have to worry about having to take it off to keep the horse from getting too hot.
 

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I have a barn sheet, I've looked around at the local tack shops and I haven't found a thin-breathable rain sheet. Today we have a temp of 17 with a wind chill of -11, and we're in a winter storm watch.
 

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How do you know if your horse is a "baby" and needs a blanket. No one I know body clips around here because of the weather conditions. So i've never dealt with that.
This is the first year I've had him, and when it started getting cold he started shivering, it has slowly grown to the point he has a hood AND blanket. Dx He is pretty homely looking right now too (My mom bought him 1-2 months ago and he was a tad skinny) his ribs are showing slightly..Trying to get up back to weight, I think that adds to the factor of standing the cold. :wink: (No he is not clipped at all)
 

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My boy, quite frankly, is a dumba-- when it comes to staying warm. He's got a pretty good winter coat going, but even though the horses have a nice roomy shelter to get out of the weater with food and water inside, they stand out in the freezing rain/snow/ice/wind. He's got icicles hanging not only from his nose and mane, but from his belly. And he stands out there and shivers. So I've now decided to blanket him the rest of the winter. Gotta love horses. :D
 
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