Warm and Wooly?

How do you maintain your horse's coat during the winter?

Body clip and blankets
Minimal clipping, such as a trace clip, with a blanket
Timed lights to stunt hair growth and keep a show coat, bundled in blankets
Just a blanket when needed
All natural, he's a wooly beast

Total votes cast: 897

Comments & Write-in Answers

When showing I clip & blanket. When working full time I trace clip & blanket, due to evening riding.

1/30/2012 11:18:07 PM

The herd is out 24/7

1/30/2012 6:16:49 PM

we blanket for precipitation and excessively windy evenings. They are all furry and have shelter.

1/30/2012 5:31:34 PM

Treat my horses like horses

1/30/2012 4:11:05 PM

horses hair needs to satnd to help with insulation. so only a dry wind block is needed,

1/30/2012 11:33:00 AM

I only blanket when it's going to be 30 or below and stay that way for several days and nights.

1/30/2012 8:22:47 AM

My TB never got a good winter coat so I blanket her, but the QH always would get a wooly coat,

1/30/2012 7:56:47 AM

too cold here to clip

1/28/2012 8:23:30 PM

My Minnie is Polish Arabian/QH/Percheron. This combination makes for a warmblooded Koosh ball!

1/28/2012 7:20:49 PM

only if the temp gets into the teens

1/28/2012 5:42:29 PM

Our senior mare gets blanketed when temps drop below 20 degs. The other mares are wooly.

1/27/2012 9:24:50 PM

My white horse looks like a big fluffy bear! Everyone at the barn has been commenting on how cute!

1/27/2012 3:00:15 PM

Natural is best if not showing or doing heavy winter riding

1/27/2012 12:58:16 PM

Unless you ..let them BE A HORSE!

1/27/2012 11:27:56 AM

He's wooly so only blanket in extreme cold and/or winter rain.

1/27/2012 11:27:45 AM

Full neck blanket

1/26/2012 8:31:17 PM

At this time of year my palomino Morgan gelding looks like a Yak.

1/26/2012 1:35:47 PM

We use all those listed, depending on the horse and what he's doing

1/26/2012 11:55:23 AM

Remember that cecum is a horse's internal heater. We blanket in windy wet storms.

1/26/2012 11:32:19 AM

I have three horses. I also have blankets for all of them, but I rarely use them. They're all wooly!

1/26/2012 7:11:32 AM

natural coat,heated stalls if needed

1/25/2012 11:25:12 PM

barefoot and bitless no rugs horses should be horses !!

1/25/2012 8:30:10 PM

My gelding loves to roll in mud, so he's in a blanket from the first fall rain to early summer.

1/25/2012 7:57:18 PM

God gave him a better coat than I can! He's wooly and toasty all winter long.

1/25/2012 7:56:21 PM

Endurance horse, leave on face, saddle, girth, rumps and legs.,

1/25/2012 6:35:26 PM


1/25/2012 5:25:49 PM

35yo gelding, out 24x7 - without rugs, coat retain natural 'loft' to keep him warm

1/25/2012 5:14:45 PM

Will use blankets if it gets below -10C

1/25/2012 4:54:11 PM

Depends on work load and living conditions. Eg have fully clipped when in hard work

1/25/2012 3:29:07 PM

I do blanket 2 as they like to roll in the nastiest stuff, helps keep them clean for riding!

1/25/2012 2:16:56 PM

Of course I brush my horses 3 times a week, and feed them well.

1/25/2012 1:37:07 PM

They are balnketed, and brushed often, and under lights

1/25/2012 12:32:01 PM

Turnout blankets

1/25/2012 9:05:36 AM

I brush any heavy mud off and check often for rain rot or any skin problems

1/25/2012 8:57:01 AM

We also feed a yeast supplement to help maintain coat condition (and other benefits) from the inside

1/25/2012 7:31:03 AM

Blanket for <20, or <30 if windy; also during snow/freezing rain

1/25/2012 7:11:12 AM

We also vacuum the horses during winter months. This works well to maintain a clean and healthy coat

1/25/2012 5:51:21 AM

They are blanketed for winter, and lighter weights for spring and fall.

1/25/2012 1:04:55 AM

also add Smart Pac Ultrashine supplement

1/24/2012 10:34:43 PM

Colorado equals all the hair you can get

1/24/2012 10:26:28 PM

2 horses, 1 blanketed, 1 natural

1/24/2012 10:21:02 PM

I do put a lightweight rug on him when it's bitterly cold or snowing.

1/24/2012 10:08:05 PM

Rice Bran in his mash. Regular grooming through the winter.

1/24/2012 9:51:19 PM

winter is weird this year, blankets on then blankets off

1/24/2012 9:46:28 PM

Of course, IF too cold,wet, windy blankets are used as protection, not "show ready tools"

1/24/2012 9:38:20 PM

My geriatric horse gets blankets when it's wet and windy cold. Younger horse is au naturel.

1/24/2012 9:32:19 PM

In AZ, I only blanket my older horses, don't show or do heavy riding to where clipping is an issue

1/24/2012 9:02:14 PM

CA weather...gotta love it! We go natural.

1/24/2012 8:47:22 PM

I blanket at anything under 10 degrees and give plenty of extra hay!

1/24/2012 8:14:36 PM

Nature at it's best.

1/24/2012 8:09:01 PM

It has been so warm in VA this year mine still have sheets on!

1/24/2012 8:00:15 PM

isn't that best!

1/24/2012 7:54:50 PM

Wish I could clip and blanket but manager says blankets are dangerous and not allowed-oh please!

1/24/2012 7:11:28 PM

An occassional blanket when the sleet or snow is coming down for an extended time.

1/24/2012 6:10:15 PM

No blankets but regular shelter and regular grooming.

1/24/2012 5:00:09 PM

They roam 100 acres, never sick, no mental issues, coats are long + woolly, allowed to be horses.

1/24/2012 4:52:36 PM

Natural, until early year endurance rides depends on how warm then trace clip

1/24/2012 4:47:08 PM

I blanket to keep them dry, more than for warmth. We have mild, wet, winters, so light waterproof

1/24/2012 4:43:34 PM

My foxhunter gets trace clipped, and he and my summer show horse get a blanket

1/24/2012 4:35:46 PM

Only blanket when temp/windchill falls below 10 degrees

1/24/2012 4:24:08 PM

We clip the work horses so they dry quicker after work, but show horses are kept under lights

1/24/2012 4:10:07 PM

Blanket only in extreme conditions otherwise natural.

1/24/2012 4:08:23 PM

brushing, brushing, and more brushing. That's maintenance.

1/24/2012 4:00:22 PM

Luckily we don't get much cold weather.

1/24/2012 3:36:53 PM

I love my horse's winter coat!

1/24/2012 3:36:27 PM

Have older horses that need a little help when we hit freezing in AZ. Coats tend to be short

1/24/2012 3:33:59 PM

I don't clip. Do blanket when it's real cold & raw, especially my old guy.

1/24/2012 3:29:26 PM

I have to body clip because he sweats when he works...hard to cool out when wooly.

1/24/2012 3:17:56 PM

A light blanket, or heavy when needed but covered so it stays clean.

1/24/2012 3:09:28 PM

depends what my horses are doing. Hunting trace clip, showing blanket, nothing woolly bears!

1/24/2012 3:01:35 PM

My vet feels they are healthier and more as they would be in the wild.

1/24/2012 2:57:53 PM

When not showing, I let the coat grow naturally. Blankets on show horses.

1/24/2012 2:47:42 PM

My senior Arab is brushed with a shedding blade because he has such a heavy coat

1/24/2012 2:22:01 PM

Why mess with Mother Nature?!?!

1/24/2012 2:20:38 PM

it's just too hard to get them dry if you don't clip

1/24/2012 2:13:26 PM


1/24/2012 2:13:14 PM

1% of body weight feed,shoulnt it b 2%

1/24/2012 1:17:18 PM