Blanketing: Readers Keep Their Horses Warm

More than 2,090 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you blanket your horses in winter?"

results of poll on blanketing horses

Results were as follows:

  • I only blanket my horses when temperatures reach below a certain degree (i.e., 5 or 10F): 31.23% (653)
  • No, my horse is very hairy and doesn't need a blanket: 30.89% (646)
  • Yes, but I don't keep my horse clipped: 21.95% (459)
  • Yes, because my horse stays outside all the time: 8.27% (173)
  • Yes, I keep my horse clipped: 7.65% (160)

Readers tell us why or when they decide to blanket their horses in the comments below.

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  • Never use to blanket, but my horse tends to shiver easily. Also, cannot get out of the wind
  • They are well fed and groomed almost daily. They are not blanketed
  • She's an old lady and gets spoiled.
  • They love their jammies!
  • My horse isn't totally outside. He has a paddock with shelter/stall but stays out a lot.
  • only needs blanket after several days of -20F or colder
  • I also only blanket when it's cold and wet.
  • god gave them a wonderful coat, they have free access to the barn for shelter
  • We live in Sardinia so the weather is mild usually
  • Amarillo, TX
  • My horses have good shelter, so I don't blanket unless it's VERY cold.
  • They all have shelter and stay healthy without!
  • I have two sets of blankets, a light one and a heavy one.
  • I only blanket in extreme cold, extreme winds, or freezing rain conditions.
  • For the most part I clip the horses but I judge each horse indiviudally on how blanket they need
  • I blanket by weather especially taking into account wind and rain
  • if the horse is shivering I will blanet for short time till it stops, in barn when really wet and co
  • My older Morgan gelding is blanketed, but the Welsh Ponies are uncovered.
  • If he begins to shiver, he does have a blanket available
  • primarily just my older horses
  • Yes but only my competitive horses, as we show at a heated indoor facility during the winter months.
  • As he has gotten older (26) I blanket to insure he doesn't lose weight.
  • 2 are clipped and ridden regulary so blanketed. Other 6 go hairy.
  • I HATE dealing with shedding and it makes it hard to cool horses out after riding
  • Yes, my 3 TB's with no coats and lose weight quickly.
  • Myhorses love the cold weather!
  • Mother Nature does a better job than I can, exc for colt I bought clipped. I do blanket him. (sigh)
  • We blanket our old horses in Florida when its below 30
  • Blankets would damage the muscles that raise and lower his haircoat negating his thermoregulatory ab
  • too dangerous
  • Horses grow their blanket and seek shelter when its inhospitable.
  • i blanket outdoors only,& groom to assure coat and skin health.
  • It maintains body weight in cold temps and make before ride grooming easier.
  • I even blanket my donkey so she is not wet and cold.
  • not clipped, blanket outside when below 30F
  • Blankets compromise the ability of the horses system to keep warm. It does them no long-term favors
  • Below 15F.
  • He is blanketed at night only when temps dip down to the 20's
  • I usually blanket only for 30 or below.
  • yes, my horse spend 8hrs outside then inside in unheated stall for the night
  • I only blanket my QH that never grows much hair when it get around 0F or below
  • My horses are outside mostly but in freezing rain and very cold conditions or big snowfalls they are
  • I blanket when overnight temps are in the 20s and below and then they are kept stalled.
  • Blanketing helps keep weight on my older TB mare.
  • and if windy
  • I also own 2 that run in and out are not blanketed unless weather is very severe.
  • Paso Fino with little winter coat; I blanket at 40degrees.
  • if it's below freezing and is rainy and windy, I blanket, otherwise, no.
  • I work her atleast 5 days a week and prefen not to clip since she lives out.
  • The old girl is 30, and needs all the help she can get
  • our temp. below 0 often never blanket as long as good food alot of water malad id
  • My horses are adapted to the area in which they live.
  • A blanket can hide so many problems . .
  • My WB has a hunter clip and is blanketed when temps go below 40.
  • blanket my 24 y.o. OTTB so calories consumed aren't all used to keep him warm.
  • They use a run in shelter plus have access to adequate amt. of good quality hay.
  • When the horse won't go out the doorwithout her blanket,it says something
  • My horses stay out winter & summer, so get warmly blanketed in cold weather.
  • not clipped, but under lights, so short haircoat
  • No. Dont blanket, why? Because we feel they are cold? What about wild horses? They dont get blankets
  • the 2 show horses are blanketed & under lights. the other horses are not blanketed.
  • When I lived in Vt Nothing was blanketed no matter the temp but they didn't work.
  • Medium weight blanket under 0 F, including wind chill. Extra hay if under 10 F
  • a rug is equal to a feed
  • Medium weight blanket under 0 F, including wind chill. Extra hay if under 10 F
  • Only blanket the old skinny horse to help him hold weight
  • 50 degree use a sheet, 40 degrees heavy blanket
  • Too much rain here not to blanket
  • He has sensitive skin, doesn't have a good winter coat. It depends on the weather to which type of
  • I wanted to go without a blanket, but the heavy rain made me.
  • blanketing varies in relation to canadian weather
  • Only blanket when weather is near freezing - horses have natural coats and run-in sheds
  • No, horse in good weight and dense short coat
  • Depends on the horse. Some of mine turn into fur-balls, and some hardly get fluffy.
  • my older horse is blanketed more often
  • My horses are stabled only for really bad weather.
  • below a certain temperature or wet and windy weather
  • good feed and shelter better for horses than blankets as they compress their under coat
  • I'm not a believer, my horses are lots healthier year round than those of friends who do blanket.
  • only if its below 30 or with a wind chill
  • Only the ones which are still being trailered/ridden. Broodmasres, and young ones just get hairy!
  • Older and pregnent mares get blankets at 28 deg or under. If in the 'teens, everyone gets a blanket
  • One never needs a blanket, one always needs one and one has one when the weather is bad.
  • My area has such changes in temp that i do not blanket theml but do keep them in when it cold/wet
  • would never clip, its not natural
  • horses don't need blankets just because the owners are cold.
  • They are on lights
  • My horses differ widely in their blanketing needs and are blanketed appropriately,
  • Blanketing correctly without problems is a science in itself...
  • my 4 mares are naked this winter but come into stalls when the weather is both cold and wet
  • I find that using just turnout sheets on my horses cuts my hay bill in half, literally.
  • I blanket old, thin or shivering horses.
  • we use waterproof blankets during the rainy windy cool winter months
  • We live in Orlando, Florida & it does not get cold enough to worry about.
  • If you dont stunt the natural mechanics of the horse, no blanket needed
  • I only blanket if a horse is sick. They can always get in out of the wind & weather
  • I have minis and they don't need blankets unless they are clipped.
  • -40F is when the blankies come out for the horses
  • Only the OLD horse gets blanketed when it is very cold.
  • our hores are left natural with great coats, only blanket in extreme weather
  • My horses have free access to shelter as they wish in buildings or in trees/.
  • Blanket when the temps. go below 20 and in winds.
  • I only blanket at night while they are in their stalls, in extremely cold weather.
  • only in snow or very cold rain and the temp is in the low 20's.
  • Live in Texas and still keep my horses blanketed.
  • I live in the Phoenix area and it's rare that the temps dip below 32. My horse also has shelter.
  • mild av winter, only the poorly need one
  • We keep our horses under lights so they don't grow haircoats, thus they need blankets!
  • All have access to runins and this is usually sufficient
  • third option.. only the one who does not do well with cold temps and extreme weather like last year
  • I blanket my 27 year old mare with Cushings when the temp gets below 20 degrees.
  • I am oposed to blankets unless the horse is sick or old.
  • only if they wer to happen to get wet in sub freezing weather and be shivering would I blanket them.
  • not necassary as long as horses get plenty of exercise and have a wind proof shelter.
  • this is my first year not blanketing full time - its harder on me!!
  • God gave them the best coat to wear.
  • And I don't clip. My horse is a 20 year old OTTB and needs the extra warmth to keep his weight.
  • In Oklahoma we have wild weather swings, we use blankets to even out the temperature differences.
  • I like the natural way
  • I blanket 32 and below.
  • healthier thermal system without blanketing
  • Lowest temps here about 32 degrees
  • If weather is wet or extremely cold they stay in stalls. No blankets!!
  • GEE, HOW DO THE WILD HORSES MANAGE TO SURVIVE WITHOUT HUMAN INTERVENTION TO KEEP THEM WARM???
  • Blanket fill less inportant than waterproofing & breathability for T.O
  • Blanket fill amount less important
  • my vet does not recommend blanketing. My horses come inside when the weather changes for the worse.
  • i blanket in spring when temperatures can fluctuate and horses are losing winter coats.
  • My horses are put in the barn if the temperature drops to far down.
  • Horses have more blankets than we have clothes
  • We use different blankets (or no blankets) depending on temperatures
  • I only blanket older horses.
  • partial clip so i can ride regularly
  • 24/7 T/O in Wisconsin, I blanket by precip, temp & wind chill for thin-coated horse
  • I feel the practice of blanketing is overused. In most cases, the coat they have is enough.
  • My horse is 32yo and thin. Never put a blanket on him until last year.
  • It makes me feel better--some extra insulation during cold WI winters.
  • we should have been allowed to tick several boxes.
  • We live in Florida and it is really never cold
  • Care stops being natural the day we decide to use our horse.
  • In particular if it is raining and cold or very strong winds that bring the wind chill way down
  • They are inside most of the time but one get a blanket when it gets below 0 or lower.
  • I use sheets on the horses that get ridden to cut down on grooming.
  • I have blankets but don't use them. I have them in case. So far I luckily haven't needed them.
  • Cold temps in Canada, can make it hard to keep weight on our horses in the winter without blankets.
  • And I live in Florida! They are clipped for Endurance so under 50 degrees the light blanket goes on
  • is out 24/7 with shelter available, all breeds
  • Normally place in stalls instead of blanketing during wet, cold, windy weather. Also give extra hay.
  • My horse wears the perfect blanket God gave him.
  • only if there is a hard freeze.
  • thin natural coats need blankets!
  • Blanket during freezing rain
  • Blanket for 35 and under
  • They tell me when they don't want their blankets!
  • I only blanket the older horses if they are cold.
  • I only blanket the 2 olders mares, 24 & 31 yr. below 50'
  • I have 3 horses, I only blanket my old old mare.
  • Try to let them live as naturally as possible but use a blanket when below 20. Otherwise they sweat!
  • He doesn't go out much in winter/ ride nearly every day/ he "plays" with other horses inside
  • Stalled at night, run in during the day. Healthy and fuzzy, no blanket required!
  • I blanket my 30+ year old arab, but not my 3 year old walker.
  • NO. My horses have lived in the WEst as Ranch horses and I have found that they grow longer hair
  • I put blankets on early to prevent excessive hair growth then keep them blanked till spring.
  • Only two of mine need blankets when it's below 20 degrees, or windy, or wet, or all three
  • my 16 year old Thoroughbred seems to stay cold so below 40 degress C, I blanket him.
  • OTT - thin skin and not much winter coat - has a stall, but it's not insulated and gets cold.
  • The 30 yr old gets blanketed in cold or wet weather; other 3 as needed
  • Our horses are turned out in winter pasture unil late March/early April
  • 3 horses stay out day and in most nights this time of year.
  • I trace clip in late Oct. and blanket then.
  • I have older horses and I have found that putting double blankets on them in the winter help with ol
  • My horses are Canadians, have 2-3"overcoats & very thick undercoats. They'd overheat if covered.
  • Warm blanket when it's below freezing, otherwise light blanket
  • My horses have sheets, mid- & heavy blankets, and they are not clipped. It all depends on the temps.
  • My horse lives outside 24/7 and is very content with his natural coat.
  • I only blanket my senior (27-yr-old) not my younger mare.
  • I watch to see if they are shivering, before I'd blanket
  • My horses do fine without a blanket and we have snow and cold temperatures.
  • only blanket when it is going to be below 32 and windy or when there will be freezing rain
  • My horse is a thoroughbred and she's kind of thin haired and NY winters are cold.
  • My horses always have shelter and I let their hair grow out. I don't ride them to a sweat
  • saves on hay
  • But only a trace clip. I live in Michigan and it gets cold here
  • I allow my horse to grow a bit of a coat first and then blanket accordingly.
  • There are six in my herd and blankets are toys. The run-in sheds keep them warm.
  • My horse lives outside with an open barn to enter whenever she wants. It keeps her from the elements
  • They have free choice hay, a run-in or wind break & use the wind break 99.9% of the time. Mid-NY
  • i live in fl so only blanket when in mid 30's or below
  • Even in Florida we get frosts.
  • My horses stay out and only come in for am and pm feedings and go right back out. They have a run in
  • I only blanket him because he's 30 and despite a heavy coat, needs a blanket in cold & wet weather.
  • Absolutely - have to especially for my 30-year old TB who prefers to live out 24/7!!
  • Both my horses (appaloosa and thoroughbred) live outside 24/7 and develop thick winter coats,
  • We blanket our 24 yr.old gelding in the cold and the rest of the herd when it is very cold with wind
  • I blanket one out of 4 due to her age and temperature sensitivity
  • my horses are not clipped, so i put on a blanket when it's under 25 degrees.
  • has malabsorption issue, so best to
  • Only blanket the to that have no coat when it gets below freezing
  • They have natural coats, blanket only in extreme weather or severe wind chills
  • I blanket for ice, rain, and below freezing temp each horse also has a run in shed.
  • Depends on age, weather, activity & coat type
  • 20 yo Ch TB mare, sensitive, less nervous in winter with a blanket, has never sweat under it
  • As of the moment I see them chill <10C and rain (End October?) till approx. March
  • In windy and stormy weather. They are outside with a 3 sided shelter
  • TB no chanc eto kep weight without rugs
  • I look at a blanket as = 1 feed. Less stress
  • It's age dependent, and they're off if it's sunny and not windy.
  • only when it is very cold below -20c counting wind chill. or when it is wet or the horse is sweaty.
  • We have a lot of rain during the winter
  • My TB mare drops weight when the temps go down, so she spends most of the winter in her blanket
  • Sorraia Spanish mustangs -- very hardy, easy keeper, smooth as silk in the summer
  • live in arizona where it rarely freezes and my horses grow a fuzzy warm coat.
  • am only doing two this year one that is losing weight & is skinny, the other is 25, when temp 32
  • Horses grow long hair for a reason (to keep warm)!
  • small turn out area - limited area to move around
  • My horse is 27 years old, a Thoroughbred, and difficult to keep weight on so she is blanketed.
  • one is clipped, 2 old ponies, the younger Friesian goes without sometimes
  • Blanket if it is very cold,windy, raining, snowing
  • I blanket the oldsters mostly, and take blankets off daily so horse don't sweat and risk pneumonia!
  • One is clipped and blanketed all the time the other is not and only when windy and low temps.
  • horses out most days, very cold do fine without blankets, unnatural
  • Helps to keep grooming time down and horses dry in our wet climate in southern BC
  • only blanket b/c thick winter coat gets too sweaty then can't turn back out. He lives outside.
  • we feed extra hay and they have sheds to run into
  • Temperature along with wind and rain determine when the blanket goes on.
  • Live in Florida and only blanket old or sick horses
  • natural horsekeeping all the way
  • She hates her blanket because static builds up and even with static guard she HATES it.
  • my horses are stabling in a 35-40 degree barn at night so they need blankets for the cold MN days
  • My 9 horses live outside all year & only come in during really cold storms.
  • Never blanketed, never will unless needed.
  • I would blanket only if the temperature dipped with blowing snow or freezing rain and they had no s
  • We clip once for the winter to minimize # of layers needed, blanket rubs, and fresh behavior.
  • Mine are turned out 24/7 and like it that way. We blanket only if the weather is nasty.
  • to protect from wind and rain
  • My Briahna will be 28 years old next Feb and the blanket makes me feel better!
  • I blaket my older horse who has health issues. It keeps his weight up.
  • when below 20 degress
  • Horse has thin coat, used to be out all the time
  • I blanket when the horse is sweaty after a workout or if he is shivering
  • When temps low/or if horse shivers & uncomfortable.
  • My western Washington horse wears a rain sheet to stay dry.
  • my OTTB has very fine hair and needs a blanket in cold Ohio winters!
  • I feed to keep my horses warm. I almost NEVER blanket.
  • my horses had never been blanketed before i got them and will not let me put them on
  • I blanket based on haircoat thickness and windchil rating
  • depends on the horse their hair coat and how cold it is outside.
  • All have natural winter coats and are ridden.
  • Blanket around 35 & if windy; always if rain/snow projected
  • He's a 33 yr. old TB with no natural coat and I don't want him to get chilled.
  • I only blanket in wet, wintry conditions.
  • only my 20 yr.old, my 3 yr.old is not blanket unless temp is below a certain temp.
  • I also blanket my two not-so-easy-keeper thoroughbreds to help reduce winter weight loss
  • Only the show horse gets a blanket to avoid nics from playing with his three brothers Montana
  • In the PNW, it's a must to blanket a horse due to rain/wind/chilly temps; wet coats don't insulate
  • I blanket when it drops to 10 or below. The mini donkey gets ear muffs, too, when windy or below 20.
  • Actually I don't clip he's kept under lights & doesn
  • I blanket mostly to keep him cleaner
  • I only blanket my horses when it is 30 to 50 degrees and raining
  • I only do on certain days that are more wet then cold unless it is very windy.
  • I have older horses that are out 24x7. I blanket when temps are below 25 degrees
  • they have enough shelter, and we adjust feed to keep them warm
  • Compromised C/IR pony, IR mini, and a youngster
  • I wait till the temp. drops below 20.
  • Only started winter blanketing after all of horses reached 25 yrs old
  • good shelters, extra food...they stay dry and toasty!
  • My horses have shelter outside and I bring them in at night so NO blankets. I only use them if one i
  • Horses need protection from high winds as well as rain and snow.
  • We bring our horses in at night
  • blanket when weather is windy, cold and/or wet
  • Mother nature didn't blanket. Providing shelters works best.No respitory problems.
  • I hardly ever blanket anymore. Too many destroyed! Maybe in freezing rain, otherwise they do fine.
  • Horses with shelter and large amounts of good hay stay comfortable.
  • Yes, the geriatric horse gets blanketed if below 30, others as conditions warrant.
  • waterproof sheet
  • don't clip-blanket below 32 degrees
  • below 40 degrees
  • they are young and healthy
  • No
  • It also depends on the horse and how it is tolerating the cold .. some need to be and some don't
  • Only my Egyptian Arabian
  • Live where it does not get below 40F.
  • or rather wind and snow warrent it
  • Stalled when weather is inclement
  • We don't blanket since the horses have good coats, lots of hay, good shelter and warmed water.
  • my horses don't need to be clipped when blanketed, unless they don't shed out before a major show
  • They don't need the blankets, but when it's single digits, it makes 'me' feel better
  • 22 minis. only one 23 year old one may need one..
  • Horses get cold too- people forget that!!!
  • Blanket in freezing rain
  • I don't blanket my horses unless it is freezing rain. Cold temps don't bug them if they are dry.
  • only when sick
  • I start before he gets a long coat, and feed coat supplements. He maintains a nice healthy shorter c
  • I leave my horses free to wander in and out of their stalls and they are all old and some have Cushi
  • My ponies who are not clipped don't wear blankets.
  • 18 below last week..2 wugs!!
  • I have an Icelandic Horse who does a fine job on his own to keep warm.
  • No, Thoroughbred broodmare in southern Ontario out 24/7 with a good run in shed.
  • I would blanket if they appeared cold.
  • I blanket in north Fla. when it is a hard freeze. Otherwise they are fine with their winter coats.
  • Only when they get too cold otherwise they are pretty hairy & live OUTSIDE! They are horses!!
  • horses have the use of a run in shed , so have a choice weather to use the shed or stay out in the w
  • 3 mares not blanketed; gelding is b/c mares won't share shelter!
  • i do blanket if they have been clipped more than a low trace clip. but all others are left fuzzy
  • Live in Illinois, so blanketed with 180grams fill before started clippin
  • She is cremello so it saves me time keeping her clean, so it is entirely for my benefit.
  • Only blanket in Spring, when horses shedding their coat, and it's windy and raining.
  • i used to blanket no matter what. but this year he's fine without, but he is stabled.
  • My horses are older, arthritic and need warmth. I blanket when below 40F
  • Let Mother Nature take care of your horse.
  • My guys are senior citizens. SO I feel they need extra protection.
  • Horses come in at night but barn is not insulated so blankets are necessary inside and outside.
  • The oldest and usually anytime it drops below 30F or is wet out.
  • Though our temps get below zero, my horse is fine in his paddock with a roomy shed.
  • I have three, I do stall at night in the worst of winter ( 20 degrees and below or 30 raining wind
  • I also have neck covers since my mare is 25 yrs old and prone to rain rot
  • below 32 degree
  • Yes. 1 of our stallions. He has always shivered & looked miserable with temps in the 30s. A wimp.
  • My horses are never blanketed and are outside with access to shelter. Even at 20 below, thkey do ju
  • Blanket according to temperature/wind chill. Clip in October, possible partial clipping January/Feb
  • They are blanketed bcz they have no shelter but wait til in low 30s or less
  • Blanket occasionally if one becomes chilled or sick
  • I have a senior horse and blanket anytime the temp is 40 degrees or less
  • I sheet or blanket my horses as needed depending on the temperature and wind chill.
  • i only blanket my leaner mare
  • I didn't want to blanket this year because we aren't showing but my horse just got too cold
  • Though hairy, she's thin and we don't want to waste calories keeping warm
  • Blankets because of lots of windy rain with no run in shed or trees.
  • He is 28 and has a large field and pasture buddies. A large run in he does use when the weather bad
  • Age, hair coat and extreme cold/wet weather determines how I blanket my horses
  • Blanketing ruins hairs natural insulating loft, they have shelter, warm water and room to move
  • I only blanket the horses that are in training and being ridden often. The rest have long coats
  • I have very furry Rocky Mountain Horses. Very hardy! Stay out 24/7
  • Yes w/26 yr old . No to my hairy gelding who rather not be blanketed.
  • blanket to keep horse cleaner
  • My horses are outside all the time with available shelter, and I don't blanket them
  • I blanket the older horses (29 & 36) when the temperature drops below freezing.
  • Mustangs don't need blankets....they grow one in the winter....
  • I have a total of 14 horses, none of which are blanketed in the winter. All have access to shelter
  • We receive long heavy rains and strong winds combined.
  • only when it's freezing rain, in the barn to dry them off
  • usually the old ones get blanketed, but not the young ones--they're too rough!
  • only my senior and hard keeper TB
  • Texas - too hot, unless you are a mini with tyhroid problems, he's shaved and loving his blankets!
  • Think it does more harm than good if horse is healthy and fed properly.
  • below 50 degrees/ have different thickness for colder nights
  • It's cold in Canada!
  • I am using blankets on one horse this year who was clipped prior to going into training.
  • only blanket sick or old horses when needed.
  • I have a skinny older TB who has trouble holding his weight in the cold in WI. I admit I baby him!
  • My mares live outside 24/7, and they do just fine.
  • below freezing
  • My Tbs are rugged but my moorland ponies are not
  • I don't even get to ride, it's below zero!
  • Have 2 with compromised immune systems, one older gent. Have run-in sheds but MI winters are harsh
  • We blanket the old horses one 22 anad one 31 when the temperature drops below 40.
  • Only blanket if VERY cold, horse does not have adequate coat or is unable to stay warm on his own.
  • I'll blanket, when there is rain, sleet or snow falling at those temperatures or wind chill!
  • I blanket unclipped horses as well.
  • Some of my TBs have naturally shoet coats
  • NATURAL WINTER HAIRCOAT + MORE HAY WHEN TEMPS DROP.
  • I have 3 horses and only blanket my 27 yr. old and only if temps drop to 20's or below
  • Extreme cold (for us in AZ) this winter, only my elderly mare is covered
  • My guy is 28 and a hard keeper; I blanket him to keep his weight on
  • I blanket below 40F
  • He has never been blanketed and he stayes in a pasture with a shelter to get out of the weather
  • Cold & rainy-yes.My old guy when it's 40F or less wet or not. Over 40F-no-they get too warm-sweat
  • Only for aged mare, the rest have plenty of condition
  • 1 yes because he is clipped, 2 no because they are hairy. I'm in realtively mild AZ. They live out.
  • I use a sheet instead of a mid/heavy weight blanket. This keeps my mare dry.
  • They are inside in the really bad weather.
  • For horses over 20
  • I always blanket, even though I don't usually clip. I have three different weights of blankets.
  • under 40 degrees a sheet, under 20 a blanket, outside all day
  • I use a wool lined rain sheet to keep him dry..which also keeps him warm.
  • Stall opens to a paddock so he can come and go 24/7.
  • I blanket when temp dips to 40 or below.
  • 10 year old, good condition, good hair coat, keep clean of mud - she does great!
  • yes only when it is sleeting out.
  • One yes (clipped) and one no (not clipped).
  • All my horses are blanketed, I do body clip if needed, I also have them under lights.
  • I only blanket 1 mare as she was not coming back from weaning as I thought she should
  • I have a Tb with a thin coat so I wait until he starts to get a coat and blanket at 35 or below.
  • Most clipped/blanketed. Working horses get too hot here in Florida
  • If temps to cold - they stay in barn
  • I start preparing them in mid-fall by gradually increasing rations for higher body fat.
  • I don't clip but they do get blankets only when its very cold and there's lots of wind/rain.
  • I only blanket if it's cold AND wet
  • This is the first year I have not blanketed. I feed more hay to keep them warm
  • They are hairy and have shelter from nasty weather
  • at 20+ my mare is obviously uncomfortable if turned out w/o a blanket
  • our horses stay outside all the time, and get very furry and do not need a blanket.
  • I blanket when it reaches below 30
  • below 45F
  • below 15F
  • only the older, spoiled horse
  • Usually only blanket when rain/sleet/snowing or high windchills
  • I blanket one when its very cold she is old and needs the added insulation.
  • Only blanket geriatric animal, the rest don't need blankets, even in below zero weather. Just feed
  • My horse is 27 years old and tends to lose weight in the winter, so I do blanket her.
  • I have 4 horses. Only the 33 yrs old gets blanketed.
  • They are free to be in shelter they choose outside unless eatting and sleeping
  • Too Many Horses to blanket & they are tough Mnt horses
  • I blanket the 2 oldest horses
  • only clipped or unhealthy horses require blanketing IMO
  • I blanket if rainy/windy below 40-45F. Or if in 20s. (Am in AZ)
  • My horse doesn't grow much of a winter coat and has issues with "the runs" in the cold, so I blanket
  • Out all the time (free choice shelter), no blankets- nature's blanket (fur) does best, it adjusts!
  • each horse owner must make his/her decision based on a variety of conditions
  • Around 0, depending on wind chill. Horses out 24/7 with run in shelter.
  • Once found my best horse tangles and exhausted in it's high quality blankey,since then I only blank!
  • He is stabled in a closed barn - no real reason to blanket.
  • My vet believes if you start blanketing a horse you have to stay with it 24/7 year round. Not for me

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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