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Equine Blanketing
Thursday 7th of February 2008 10:02 AM

Horse BlanketWhat do you think about blanketing horses during the winter months?

Should horses be blanketed or does blanketing cause irregularity in how they grow a winter coat.Is blanketing necessary for certain horses or can a blanket smash down the coat and prevent warm air pockets from keeping a horse warm.Do horses like to be blanketed?



Response 1
Saturday 9th of February 2008 08:14:52 AM
Submitted by: Renee Wilson
I have to admit I have owned horses for 30 years and have never owned a blanket.I just have never had use for one,as my horses have never been stalled.I wouldn't say horses are happier either way,pros for blanketing are horses stay absolutely gorgeous year around,minimal grooming is required and no matter the temp there's a corresponding blanket for anytime of the year to make sure not one hair raises on your horse's coat.Cons for blanketing are it's a heck of a lot of trouble to go threw,it can wear patches of hair-mane off on the horse's withers or other places if it doesn't fit well,the blankets need to be cleaned regularly which is a lot of work and when I see horses out grazing in a pasture I want to see the beautiful horse,not a form shrouded in a bulky blanket.Those are just my ideas on the subject,I think everyone has their own preferences with horses my style is very simple and my horses are already getting their winter fuzzies.I'd love to preserve their gorgeous smooth summer coats year around,but the work involved really over-balances the need to keep them blanketed for me. Good question!Renee Wilson
Response 2
Thursday 14th of February 2008 01:59:47 PM
Submitted by: Teresa The Barnlady
I have to agree with Renee, all the trouble it is to blanket and unblanket is sometimes overwhelming. Horses' coats were designed to handle weather changes, what gets me is in So. Calif. where I live temps usually don't get below the 30's and you see horses in mid day at 50+ temps with the blankets still on. Maybe I'm wrong, but this has to be due to lazy owners who think at 6am when they go off to work and it's still 30 degrees that it's going to stay that way all day. These are not fancy show horses either that I see. I just don't get it sometimes. Teresa the Barnlady
Response 3
Monday 14th of April 2008 10:40:47 PM
Submitted by: john silveira
Hello , I recently did a filming with Leslie Desmond and she and i talked about her horses and how she never blankets. She told me a story of her horse and how it had a coating of ice over it's body. Underneath the ice the horses body was warm , when time came the horse simply was able to crack the ice off it's body and life is good. These things amaze me. I also have some amazing realizations with shoeing horses. you can find me here as "TheFootDoctor" and also at my personal blog free consultation at:
Response 4
Monday 7th of September 2009 07:32:22 AM
Submitted by: Marcia J. Hilton
Greeting from Maine!! I have struggled with this question. I beleived that they are better off with out blankets. It is more natural, etc. However, horses in the wild would have migrated from cold places like Maine for the winter. When thinking about blankets you should take into consideration your horse's breeding. My welsh and connemara ponies can tolerate much more cold than our Thorobreds. I take into consideration their age and how much use will they see over the winter. And Yes! the horses/ponies without blankets will have snow and ice on their backs and they are quite warm. I have owned horses for over 40 years in the Northeast and I can remember those horrible liners and the aweful bald spots they would leave behind. Blankets have come along way. They are lined with fabrics that do not cling to hairs and rub those spots red. They fit better and are easier to use. It still took me many years to start to use them. It was my daughter who convinced me. For the older horses I beleive it makes them happier. They are warmer. Beyond the cost, I also see a huge savings in how much hay I need to feed in the winter to help keep them warm. The savings in hay outweights the cost of the blankets. Just remember, it needs to be a good fitting blanket. Each blanket manufacturer has a different pattern. So look for a good. Just like that great pair of great fitting pants, your horse will let you know if you have it right. Look for quality. It will pay in the long run. A hint- Once you have that perfecting blanket, buy a cheaper turnout sheet to put over it. If you horse plays with other horses in the pasture, let them damage the sheet. It easier and cheaper to repair sheet. Marcia Hilton Horses on a dime

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