Warm and Snuggly

Do you blanket your horses in winter?

Yes, I keep my horse clipped
Yes, but I don't keep my horse clipped
No, my horse is very hairy and doesn't need a blanket
I only blanket my horses when temperatures reach below a certain degree (i.e., 5 or 10F)
Yes, because my horse stays outside all the time

Total votes cast: 2092

Comments & Write-in Answers

Never use to blanket, but my horse tends to shiver easily. Also, cannot get out of the wind

1/10/2011 10:36:39 PM

They are well fed and groomed almost daily. They are not blanketed

1/10/2011 10:35:48 PM

She's an old lady and gets spoiled.

1/10/2011 10:16:38 PM

They love their jammies!

1/10/2011 7:59:02 PM

My horse isn't totally outside. He has a paddock with shelter/stall but stays out a lot.

1/10/2011 7:30:11 PM

only needs blanket after several days of -20F or colder

1/10/2011 6:26:54 PM

I also only blanket when it's cold and wet.

1/10/2011 6:26:04 PM

god gave them a wonderful coat, they have free access to the barn for shelter

1/10/2011 5:23:52 PM

We live in Sardinia so the weather is mild usually

1/10/2011 4:12:50 PM

Amarillo, TX

1/10/2011 3:38:41 PM

My horses have good shelter, so I don't blanket unless it's VERY cold.

1/10/2011 3:34:10 PM

They all have shelter and stay healthy without!

1/10/2011 2:52:07 PM

I have two sets of blankets, a light one and a heavy one.

1/10/2011 2:46:06 PM

I only blanket in extreme cold, extreme winds, or freezing rain conditions.

1/10/2011 2:36:15 PM

For the most part I clip the horses but I judge each horse indiviudally on how blanket they need

1/10/2011 2:02:42 PM

I blanket by weather especially taking into account wind and rain

1/10/2011 12:13:19 PM

if the horse is shivering I will blanet for short time till it stops, in barn when really wet and co

1/10/2011 11:58:06 AM

My older Morgan gelding is blanketed, but the Welsh Ponies are uncovered.

1/10/2011 2:54:14 AM

If he begins to shiver, he does have a blanket available

1/10/2011 12:51:19 AM

primarily just my older horses

1/9/2011 8:34:58 PM

Yes but only my competitive horses, as we show at a heated indoor facility during the winter months.

1/9/2011 7:14:37 PM

As he has gotten older (26) I blanket to insure he doesn't lose weight.

1/9/2011 4:39:27 PM

2 are clipped and ridden regulary so blanketed. Other 6 go hairy.

1/9/2011 3:53:00 PM

I HATE dealing with shedding and it makes it hard to cool horses out after riding

1/9/2011 1:01:26 PM

Yes, my 3 TB's with no coats and lose weight quickly.

1/9/2011 12:51:42 PM

Myhorses love the cold weather!

1/9/2011 10:32:28 AM

Mother Nature does a better job than I can, exc for colt I bought clipped. I do blanket him. (sigh)

1/9/2011 9:10:22 AM

We blanket our old horses in Florida when its below 30

1/9/2011 9:05:39 AM

Blankets would damage the muscles that raise and lower his haircoat negating his thermoregulatory ab

1/8/2011 11:05:47 PM

too dangerous

1/8/2011 10:31:17 PM

Horses grow their blanket and seek shelter when its inhospitable.

1/8/2011 3:49:25 PM

i blanket outdoors only,& groom to assure coat and skin health.

1/8/2011 2:51:22 PM

It maintains body weight in cold temps and make before ride grooming easier.

1/8/2011 2:37:41 PM

I even blanket my donkey so she is not wet and cold.

1/8/2011 12:07:44 PM

not clipped, blanket outside when below 30F

1/8/2011 10:15:19 AM

Blankets compromise the ability of the horses system to keep warm. It does them no long-term favors

1/8/2011 8:44:32 AM

Below 15F.

1/8/2011 7:51:53 AM

He is blanketed at night only when temps dip down to the 20's

1/7/2011 10:54:27 PM

I usually blanket only for 30 or below.

1/7/2011 10:22:31 PM

yes, my horse spend 8hrs outside then inside in unheated stall for the night

1/7/2011 9:23:30 PM

I only blanket my QH that never grows much hair when it get around 0F or below

1/7/2011 7:51:06 PM

My horses are outside mostly but in freezing rain and very cold conditions or big snowfalls they are

1/7/2011 7:42:37 PM

I blanket when overnight temps are in the 20s and below and then they are kept stalled.

1/7/2011 6:49:02 PM

Blanketing helps keep weight on my older TB mare.

1/7/2011 5:21:14 PM

and if windy

1/7/2011 3:10:16 PM

I also own 2 that run in and out are not blanketed unless weather is very severe.

1/7/2011 2:55:19 PM

Paso Fino with little winter coat; I blanket at 40degrees.

1/7/2011 2:29:23 PM

if it's below freezing and is rainy and windy, I blanket, otherwise, no.

1/7/2011 1:53:20 PM

I work her atleast 5 days a week and prefen not to clip since she lives out.

1/7/2011 1:18:07 PM

The old girl is 30, and needs all the help she can get

1/7/2011 10:34:16 AM

our temp. below 0 often never blanket as long as good food alot of water malad id

1/7/2011 10:18:18 AM

My horses are adapted to the area in which they live.

1/7/2011 9:03:58 AM

A blanket can hide so many problems . .

1/7/2011 8:27:23 AM

My WB has a hunter clip and is blanketed when temps go below 40.

1/7/2011 8:01:51 AM

blanket my 24 y.o. OTTB so calories consumed aren't all used to keep him warm.

1/7/2011 8:00:10 AM

They use a run in shelter plus have access to adequate amt. of good quality hay.

1/7/2011 7:55:48 AM

When the horse won't go out the doorwithout her blanket,it says something

1/7/2011 7:45:53 AM

My horses stay out winter & summer, so get warmly blanketed in cold weather.

1/7/2011 7:01:59 AM

not clipped, but under lights, so short haircoat

1/7/2011 6:45:16 AM

No. Dont blanket, why? Because we feel they are cold? What about wild horses? They dont get blankets

1/7/2011 6:37:46 AM

the 2 show horses are blanketed & under lights. the other horses are not blanketed.

1/7/2011 2:04:42 AM

When I lived in Vt Nothing was blanketed no matter the temp but they didn't work.

1/7/2011 12:58:17 AM

Medium weight blanket under 0 F, including wind chill. Extra hay if under 10 F

1/6/2011 11:59:01 PM

a rug is equal to a feed

1/6/2011 11:52:37 PM

Medium weight blanket under 0 F, including wind chill. Extra hay if under 10 F

1/6/2011 11:14:04 PM

Only blanket the old skinny horse to help him hold weight

1/6/2011 10:49:53 PM

50 degree use a sheet, 40 degrees heavy blanket

1/6/2011 10:33:04 PM

Too much rain here not to blanket

1/6/2011 10:28:01 PM

He has sensitive skin, doesn't have a good winter coat. It depends on the weather to which type of

1/6/2011 10:26:49 PM

I wanted to go without a blanket, but the heavy rain made me.

1/6/2011 9:53:30 PM

blanketing varies in relation to canadian weather

1/6/2011 9:45:27 PM

Only blanket when weather is near freezing - horses have natural coats and run-in sheds

1/6/2011 9:34:10 PM

No, horse in good weight and dense short coat

1/6/2011 9:28:54 PM

Depends on the horse. Some of mine turn into fur-balls, and some hardly get fluffy.

1/6/2011 9:23:55 PM

my older horse is blanketed more often

1/6/2011 9:16:10 PM

My horses are stabled only for really bad weather.

1/6/2011 8:48:35 PM

below a certain temperature or wet and windy weather

1/6/2011 8:47:04 PM

good feed and shelter better for horses than blankets as they compress their under coat

1/6/2011 8:41:53 PM

I'm not a believer, my horses are lots healthier year round than those of friends who do blanket.

1/6/2011 7:47:58 PM

only if its below 30 or with a wind chill

1/6/2011 7:41:33 PM

Only the ones which are still being trailered/ridden. Broodmasres, and young ones just get hairy!

1/6/2011 7:06:59 PM

Older and pregnent mares get blankets at 28 deg or under. If in the 'teens, everyone gets a blanket

1/6/2011 7:00:13 PM

One never needs a blanket, one always needs one and one has one when the weather is bad.

1/6/2011 6:44:52 PM

My area has such changes in temp that i do not blanket theml but do keep them in when it cold/wet

1/6/2011 6:32:01 PM

would never clip, its not natural

1/6/2011 6:30:36 PM

horses don't need blankets just because the owners are cold.

1/6/2011 6:26:40 PM

They are on lights

1/6/2011 6:20:56 PM

My horses differ widely in their blanketing needs and are blanketed appropriately,

1/6/2011 6:11:13 PM

Blanketing correctly without problems is a science in itself...

1/6/2011 6:05:00 PM

my 4 mares are naked this winter but come into stalls when the weather is both cold and wet

1/6/2011 5:39:38 PM

I find that using just turnout sheets on my horses cuts my hay bill in half, literally.

1/6/2011 5:29:19 PM

I blanket old, thin or shivering horses.

1/6/2011 5:28:17 PM

we use waterproof blankets during the rainy windy cool winter months

1/6/2011 5:26:36 PM

We live in Orlando, Florida & it does not get cold enough to worry about.

1/6/2011 5:11:46 PM

If you dont stunt the natural mechanics of the horse, no blanket needed

1/6/2011 5:06:09 PM

I only blanket if a horse is sick. They can always get in out of the wind & weather

1/6/2011 4:47:25 PM

I have minis and they don't need blankets unless they are clipped.

1/6/2011 4:24:52 PM

-40F is when the blankies come out for the horses

1/6/2011 3:57:36 PM

Only the OLD horse gets blanketed when it is very cold.

1/6/2011 3:56:31 PM

our hores are left natural with great coats, only blanket in extreme weather

1/6/2011 3:47:36 PM

My horses have free access to shelter as they wish in buildings or in trees/.

1/6/2011 3:46:11 PM

Blanket when the temps. go below 20 and in winds.

1/6/2011 3:33:53 PM

I only blanket at night while they are in their stalls, in extremely cold weather.

1/6/2011 3:31:22 PM

only in snow or very cold rain and the temp is in the low 20's.

1/6/2011 3:29:42 PM

Live in Texas and still keep my horses blanketed.

1/6/2011 3:25:53 PM

I live in the Phoenix area and it's rare that the temps dip below 32. My horse also has shelter.

1/6/2011 3:24:41 PM

mild av winter, only the poorly need one

1/6/2011 3:13:15 PM

We keep our horses under lights so they don't grow haircoats, thus they need blankets!

1/6/2011 3:12:09 PM

All have access to runins and this is usually sufficient

1/6/2011 3:11:13 PM

third option.. only the one who does not do well with cold temps and extreme weather like last year

1/6/2011 3:09:00 PM

I blanket my 27 year old mare with Cushings when the temp gets below 20 degrees.

1/6/2011 3:04:56 PM

I am oposed to blankets unless the horse is sick or old.

1/6/2011 3:04:00 PM

only if they wer to happen to get wet in sub freezing weather and be shivering would I blanket them.

1/6/2011 2:59:41 PM

not necassary as long as horses get plenty of exercise and have a wind proof shelter.

1/6/2011 2:58:29 PM

this is my first year not blanketing full time - its harder on me!!

1/6/2011 2:49:59 PM

God gave them the best coat to wear.

1/6/2011 2:46:26 PM

And I don't clip. My horse is a 20 year old OTTB and needs the extra warmth to keep his weight.

1/6/2011 2:43:20 PM

In Oklahoma we have wild weather swings, we use blankets to even out the temperature differences.

1/6/2011 2:41:53 PM

I like the natural way

1/6/2011 2:40:23 PM

I blanket 32 and below.

1/6/2011 2:33:26 PM

healthier thermal system without blanketing

1/6/2011 2:22:52 PM

Lowest temps here about 32 degrees

1/6/2011 2:14:40 PM

If weather is wet or extremely cold they stay in stalls. No blankets!!

1/6/2011 2:11:03 PM


1/6/2011 11:44:29 AM

Blanket fill less inportant than waterproofing & breathability for T.O

1/6/2011 10:24:28 AM

Blanket fill amount less important

1/6/2011 10:23:04 AM

my vet does not recommend blanketing. My horses come inside when the weather changes for the worse.

1/6/2011 9:37:01 AM

i blanket in spring when temperatures can fluctuate and horses are losing winter coats.

1/6/2011 9:26:41 AM

My horses are put in the barn if the temperature drops to far down.

1/6/2011 9:26:03 AM

Horses have more blankets than we have clothes

1/6/2011 8:45:56 AM

We use different blankets (or no blankets) depending on temperatures

1/6/2011 6:31:05 AM

I only blanket older horses.

1/6/2011 3:05:56 AM

partial clip so i can ride regularly

1/6/2011 1:34:34 AM

24/7 T/O in Wisconsin, I blanket by precip, temp & wind chill for thin-coated horse

1/6/2011 12:54:35 AM

I feel the practice of blanketing is overused. In most cases, the coat they have is enough.

1/5/2011 11:46:13 PM

My horse is 32yo and thin. Never put a blanket on him until last year.

1/5/2011 11:26:29 PM

It makes me feel better--some extra insulation during cold WI winters.

1/5/2011 9:29:17 PM

we should have been allowed to tick several boxes.

1/5/2011 9:26:25 PM

We live in Florida and it is really never cold

1/5/2011 8:52:58 PM

Care stops being natural the day we decide to use our horse.

1/5/2011 8:27:04 PM

In particular if it is raining and cold or very strong winds that bring the wind chill way down

1/5/2011 8:16:44 PM

They are inside most of the time but one get a blanket when it gets below 0 or lower.

1/5/2011 8:10:19 PM

I use sheets on the horses that get ridden to cut down on grooming.

1/5/2011 8:05:07 PM

I have blankets but don't use them. I have them in case. So far I luckily haven't needed them.

1/5/2011 7:22:07 PM

Cold temps in Canada, can make it hard to keep weight on our horses in the winter without blankets.

1/5/2011 7:11:26 PM

And I live in Florida! They are clipped for Endurance so under 50 degrees the light blanket goes on

1/5/2011 7:09:53 PM

is out 24/7 with shelter available, all breeds

1/5/2011 7:09:06 PM

Normally place in stalls instead of blanketing during wet, cold, windy weather. Also give extra hay.

1/5/2011 7:04:18 PM

My horse wears the perfect blanket God gave him.

1/5/2011 6:59:03 PM

only if there is a hard freeze.

1/5/2011 6:50:50 PM

thin natural coats need blankets!

1/5/2011 6:45:12 PM

Blanket during freezing rain

1/5/2011 6:44:25 PM

Blanket for 35 and under

1/5/2011 6:42:27 PM

They tell me when they don't want their blankets!

1/5/2011 6:40:26 PM

I only blanket the older horses if they are cold.

1/5/2011 6:06:20 PM

I only blanket the 2 olders mares, 24 & 31 yr. below 50'

1/5/2011 5:09:51 PM

I have 3 horses, I only blanket my old old mare.

1/5/2011 5:01:37 PM

Try to let them live as naturally as possible but use a blanket when below 20. Otherwise they sweat!

1/5/2011 4:20:29 PM

He doesn't go out much in winter/ ride nearly every day/ he "plays" with other horses inside

1/5/2011 4:07:36 PM

Stalled at night, run in during the day. Healthy and fuzzy, no blanket required!

1/5/2011 4:03:26 PM

I blanket my 30+ year old arab, but not my 3 year old walker.

1/5/2011 3:44:30 PM

NO. My horses have lived in the WEst as Ranch horses and I have found that they grow longer hair

1/5/2011 3:33:11 PM

I put blankets on early to prevent excessive hair growth then keep them blanked till spring.

1/5/2011 3:23:45 PM

Only two of mine need blankets when it's below 20 degrees, or windy, or wet, or all three

1/5/2011 2:52:17 PM

my 16 year old Thoroughbred seems to stay cold so below 40 degress C, I blanket him.

1/5/2011 2:48:23 PM

OTT - thin skin and not much winter coat - has a stall, but it's not insulated and gets cold.

1/5/2011 1:49:57 PM

The 30 yr old gets blanketed in cold or wet weather; other 3 as needed

1/5/2011 1:39:50 PM

Our horses are turned out in winter pasture unil late March/early April

1/5/2011 1:38:10 PM

3 horses stay out day and in most nights this time of year.

1/5/2011 1:36:01 PM

I trace clip in late Oct. and blanket then.

1/5/2011 1:11:52 PM

I have older horses and I have found that putting double blankets on them in the winter help with ol

1/5/2011 12:41:48 PM

My horses are Canadians, have 2-3"overcoats & very thick undercoats. They'd overheat if covered.

1/5/2011 12:41:28 PM

Warm blanket when it's below freezing, otherwise light blanket

1/5/2011 12:37:14 PM

My horses have sheets, mid- & heavy blankets, and they are not clipped. It all depends on the temps.

1/5/2011 12:22:13 PM

My horse lives outside 24/7 and is very content with his natural coat.

1/5/2011 12:03:10 PM

I only blanket my senior (27-yr-old) not my younger mare.

1/5/2011 11:06:58 AM

I watch to see if they are shivering, before I'd blanket

1/5/2011 10:59:38 AM

My horses do fine without a blanket and we have snow and cold temperatures.

1/5/2011 10:32:33 AM

only blanket when it is going to be below 32 and windy or when there will be freezing rain

1/5/2011 10:31:24 AM

My horse is a thoroughbred and she's kind of thin haired and NY winters are cold.

1/5/2011 9:38:17 AM

My horses always have shelter and I let their hair grow out. I don't ride them to a sweat

1/5/2011 9:06:37 AM

saves on hay

1/5/2011 9:03:34 AM

But only a trace clip. I live in Michigan and it gets cold here

1/5/2011 8:56:27 AM

I allow my horse to grow a bit of a coat first and then blanket accordingly.

1/5/2011 8:46:30 AM

There are six in my herd and blankets are toys. The run-in sheds keep them warm.

1/5/2011 8:43:28 AM

My horse lives outside with an open barn to enter whenever she wants. It keeps her from the elements

1/5/2011 8:28:11 AM

They have free choice hay, a run-in or wind break & use the wind break 99.9% of the time. Mid-NY

1/5/2011 8:24:46 AM

i live in fl so only blanket when in mid 30's or below

1/5/2011 8:20:58 AM

Even in Florida we get frosts.

1/5/2011 8:16:42 AM

My horses stay out and only come in for am and pm feedings and go right back out. They have a run in

1/5/2011 8:16:08 AM

I only blanket him because he's 30 and despite a heavy coat, needs a blanket in cold & wet weather.

1/5/2011 8:11:41 AM

Absolutely - have to especially for my 30-year old TB who prefers to live out 24/7!!

1/5/2011 8:01:01 AM

Both my horses (appaloosa and thoroughbred) live outside 24/7 and develop thick winter coats,

1/5/2011 7:59:24 AM

We blanket our 24 yr.old gelding in the cold and the rest of the herd when it is very cold with wind

1/5/2011 7:52:17 AM

I blanket one out of 4 due to her age and temperature sensitivity

1/5/2011 7:49:19 AM

my horses are not clipped, so i put on a blanket when it's under 25 degrees.

1/5/2011 7:46:12 AM

has malabsorption issue, so best to

1/5/2011 7:26:11 AM

Only blanket the to that have no coat when it gets below freezing

1/5/2011 7:18:50 AM

They have natural coats, blanket only in extreme weather or severe wind chills

1/5/2011 7:17:10 AM

I blanket for ice, rain, and below freezing temp each horse also has a run in shed.

1/5/2011 7:08:36 AM

Depends on age, weather, activity & coat type

1/5/2011 6:35:26 AM

20 yo Ch TB mare, sensitive, less nervous in winter with a blanket, has never sweat under it

1/5/2011 5:59:37 AM

As of the moment I see them chill <10C and rain (End October?) till approx. March

1/5/2011 5:33:35 AM

In windy and stormy weather. They are outside with a 3 sided shelter

1/5/2011 4:56:57 AM

TB no chanc eto kep weight without rugs

1/5/2011 2:58:55 AM

I look at a blanket as = 1 feed. Less stress

1/5/2011 2:35:33 AM

It's age dependent, and they're off if it's sunny and not windy.

1/5/2011 2:32:38 AM

only when it is very cold below -20c counting wind chill. or when it is wet or the horse is sweaty.

1/5/2011 2:07:39 AM

We have a lot of rain during the winter

1/5/2011 1:02:31 AM

My TB mare drops weight when the temps go down, so she spends most of the winter in her blanket

1/5/2011 12:25:30 AM

Sorraia Spanish mustangs -- very hardy, easy keeper, smooth as silk in the summer

1/4/2011 11:49:52 PM

live in arizona where it rarely freezes and my horses grow a fuzzy warm coat.

1/4/2011 11:45:23 PM

am only doing two this year one that is losing weight & is skinny, the other is 25, when temp 32

1/4/2011 11:39:07 PM

Horses grow long hair for a reason (to keep warm)!

1/4/2011 11:38:22 PM

small turn out area - limited area to move around

1/4/2011 11:24:51 PM

My horse is 27 years old, a Thoroughbred, and difficult to keep weight on so she is blanketed.

1/4/2011 11:22:35 PM

one is clipped, 2 old ponies, the younger Friesian goes without sometimes

1/4/2011 11:16:04 PM

Blanket if it is very cold,windy, raining, snowing

1/4/2011 11:08:25 PM

I blanket the oldsters mostly, and take blankets off daily so horse don't sweat and risk pneumonia!

1/4/2011 11:02:12 PM

One is clipped and blanketed all the time the other is not and only when windy and low temps.

1/4/2011 10:44:42 PM

horses out most days, very cold do fine without blankets, unnatural

1/4/2011 10:41:31 PM

Helps to keep grooming time down and horses dry in our wet climate in southern BC

1/4/2011 10:34:10 PM

only blanket b/c thick winter coat gets too sweaty then can't turn back out. He lives outside.

1/4/2011 10:32:52 PM

we feed extra hay and they have sheds to run into

1/4/2011 10:31:29 PM

Temperature along with wind and rain determine when the blanket goes on.

1/4/2011 10:28:03 PM

Live in Florida and only blanket old or sick horses

1/4/2011 10:13:11 PM

natural horsekeeping all the way

1/4/2011 10:04:56 PM

She hates her blanket because static builds up and even with static guard she HATES it.

1/4/2011 9:48:30 PM

my horses are stabling in a 35-40 degree barn at night so they need blankets for the cold MN days

1/4/2011 9:45:13 PM

My 9 horses live outside all year & only come in during really cold storms.

1/4/2011 9:37:20 PM

Never blanketed, never will unless needed.

1/4/2011 9:27:19 PM

I would blanket only if the temperature dipped with blowing snow or freezing rain and they had no s

1/4/2011 9:26:00 PM

We clip once for the winter to minimize # of layers needed, blanket rubs, and fresh behavior.

1/4/2011 9:22:01 PM

Mine are turned out 24/7 and like it that way. We blanket only if the weather is nasty.

1/4/2011 9:19:25 PM

to protect from wind and rain

1/4/2011 9:17:27 PM

My Briahna will be 28 years old next Feb and the blanket makes me feel better!

1/4/2011 9:05:44 PM

I blaket my older horse who has health issues. It keeps his weight up.

1/4/2011 9:04:02 PM

when below 20 degress

1/4/2011 9:03:59 PM

Horse has thin coat, used to be out all the time

1/4/2011 8:57:24 PM

I blanket when the horse is sweaty after a workout or if he is shivering

1/4/2011 8:54:05 PM

When temps low/or if horse shivers & uncomfortable.

1/4/2011 8:43:57 PM

My western Washington horse wears a rain sheet to stay dry.

1/4/2011 8:43:09 PM

my OTTB has very fine hair and needs a blanket in cold Ohio winters!

1/4/2011 8:31:31 PM

I feed to keep my horses warm. I almost NEVER blanket.

1/4/2011 8:30:20 PM

my horses had never been blanketed before i got them and will not let me put them on

1/4/2011 8:29:58 PM

I blanket based on haircoat thickness and windchil rating

1/4/2011 8:25:20 PM

depends on the horse their hair coat and how cold it is outside.

1/4/2011 8:18:13 PM

All have natural winter coats and are ridden.

1/4/2011 8:17:16 PM

Blanket around 35 & if windy; always if rain/snow projected

1/4/2011 8:16:16 PM

He's a 33 yr. old TB with no natural coat and I don't want him to get chilled.

1/4/2011 8:13:00 PM

I only blanket in wet, wintry conditions.

1/4/2011 8:09:03 PM

only my 20 yr.old, my 3 yr.old is not blanket unless temp is below a certain temp.

1/4/2011 8:05:25 PM

I also blanket my two not-so-easy-keeper thoroughbreds to help reduce winter weight loss

1/4/2011 7:56:18 PM

Only the show horse gets a blanket to avoid nics from playing with his three brothers Montana

1/4/2011 7:55:35 PM

In the PNW, it's a must to blanket a horse due to rain/wind/chilly temps; wet coats don't insulate

1/4/2011 7:50:28 PM

I blanket when it drops to 10 or below. The mini donkey gets ear muffs, too, when windy or below 20.

1/4/2011 7:49:55 PM

Actually I don't clip he's kept under lights & doesn

1/4/2011 7:49:42 PM

I blanket mostly to keep him cleaner

1/4/2011 7:49:13 PM

I only blanket my horses when it is 30 to 50 degrees and raining

1/4/2011 7:49:00 PM

I only do on certain days that are more wet then cold unless it is very windy.

1/4/2011 7:47:37 PM

I have older horses that are out 24x7. I blanket when temps are below 25 degrees

1/4/2011 7:45:01 PM

they have enough shelter, and we adjust feed to keep them warm

1/4/2011 7:37:14 PM

Compromised C/IR pony, IR mini, and a youngster

1/4/2011 7:35:36 PM

I wait till the temp. drops below 20.

1/4/2011 7:29:47 PM

Only started winter blanketing after all of horses reached 25 yrs old

1/4/2011 7:24:27 PM

good shelters, extra food...they stay dry and toasty!

1/4/2011 7:23:20 PM

My horses have shelter outside and I bring them in at night so NO blankets. I only use them if one i

1/4/2011 7:21:09 PM

Horses need protection from high winds as well as rain and snow.

1/4/2011 7:21:06 PM

We bring our horses in at night

1/4/2011 7:18:14 PM

blanket when weather is windy, cold and/or wet

1/4/2011 7:15:40 PM

Mother nature didn't blanket. Providing shelters works best.No respitory problems.

1/4/2011 7:14:27 PM

I hardly ever blanket anymore. Too many destroyed! Maybe in freezing rain, otherwise they do fine.

1/4/2011 7:13:42 PM

Horses with shelter and large amounts of good hay stay comfortable.

1/4/2011 7:12:46 PM

Yes, the geriatric horse gets blanketed if below 30, others as conditions warrant.

1/4/2011 7:09:29 PM

waterproof sheet

1/4/2011 7:09:18 PM

don't clip-blanket below 32 degrees

1/4/2011 7:08:38 PM

below 40 degrees

1/4/2011 7:07:06 PM

they are young and healthy

1/4/2011 7:03:23 PM


1/4/2011 6:59:14 PM

It also depends on the horse and how it is tolerating the cold .. some need to be and some don't

1/4/2011 6:57:44 PM

Only my Egyptian Arabian

1/4/2011 6:53:06 PM

Live where it does not get below 40F.

1/4/2011 6:50:10 PM

or rather wind and snow warrent it

1/4/2011 6:38:57 PM

Stalled when weather is inclement

1/4/2011 6:37:17 PM

We don't blanket since the horses have good coats, lots of hay, good shelter and warmed water.

1/4/2011 6:34:42 PM

my horses don't need to be clipped when blanketed, unless they don't shed out before a major show

1/4/2011 6:30:39 PM

They don't need the blankets, but when it's single digits, it makes 'me' feel better

1/4/2011 6:26:13 PM

22 minis. only one 23 year old one may need one..

1/4/2011 6:23:42 PM

Horses get cold too- people forget that!!!

1/4/2011 6:18:06 PM

Blanket in freezing rain

1/4/2011 6:13:38 PM

I don't blanket my horses unless it is freezing rain. Cold temps don't bug them if they are dry.

1/4/2011 6:07:31 PM

only when sick

1/4/2011 6:00:26 PM

I start before he gets a long coat, and feed coat supplements. He maintains a nice healthy shorter c

1/4/2011 5:59:07 PM

I leave my horses free to wander in and out of their stalls and they are all old and some have Cushi

1/4/2011 5:56:10 PM

My ponies who are not clipped don't wear blankets.

1/4/2011 5:54:33 PM

18 below last week..2 wugs!!

1/4/2011 5:47:39 PM

I have an Icelandic Horse who does a fine job on his own to keep warm.

1/4/2011 5:44:44 PM

No, Thoroughbred broodmare in southern Ontario out 24/7 with a good run in shed.

1/4/2011 5:37:55 PM

I would blanket if they appeared cold.

1/4/2011 5:37:38 PM

I blanket in north Fla. when it is a hard freeze. Otherwise they are fine with their winter coats.

1/4/2011 5:37:35 PM

Only when they get too cold otherwise they are pretty hairy & live OUTSIDE! They are horses!!

1/4/2011 5:35:17 PM

horses have the use of a run in shed , so have a choice weather to use the shed or stay out in the w

1/4/2011 5:32:30 PM

3 mares not blanketed; gelding is b/c mares won't share shelter!

1/4/2011 5:31:39 PM

i do blanket if they have been clipped more than a low trace clip. but all others are left fuzzy

1/4/2011 5:30:48 PM

Live in Illinois, so blanketed with 180grams fill before started clippin

1/4/2011 5:29:30 PM

She is cremello so it saves me time keeping her clean, so it is entirely for my benefit.

1/4/2011 5:24:15 PM

Only blanket in Spring, when horses shedding their coat, and it's windy and raining.

1/4/2011 5:23:16 PM

i used to blanket no matter what. but this year he's fine without, but he is stabled.

1/4/2011 5:19:55 PM

My horses are older, arthritic and need warmth. I blanket when below 40F

1/4/2011 5:19:19 PM

Let Mother Nature take care of your horse.

1/4/2011 5:18:05 PM

My guys are senior citizens. SO I feel they need extra protection.

1/4/2011 5:17:24 PM

Horses come in at night but barn is not insulated so blankets are necessary inside and outside.

1/4/2011 5:11:46 PM

The oldest and usually anytime it drops below 30F or is wet out.

1/4/2011 5:11:43 PM

Though our temps get below zero, my horse is fine in his paddock with a roomy shed.

1/4/2011 5:07:07 PM

I have three, I do stall at night in the worst of winter ( 20 degrees and below or 30 raining wind

1/4/2011 5:01:30 PM

I also have neck covers since my mare is 25 yrs old and prone to rain rot

1/4/2011 4:55:41 PM

below 32 degree

1/4/2011 4:54:13 PM

Yes. 1 of our stallions. He has always shivered & looked miserable with temps in the 30s. A wimp.

1/4/2011 4:51:36 PM

My horses are never blanketed and are outside with access to shelter. Even at 20 below, thkey do ju

1/4/2011 4:48:19 PM

Blanket according to temperature/wind chill. Clip in October, possible partial clipping January/Feb

1/4/2011 4:41:44 PM

They are blanketed bcz they have no shelter but wait til in low 30s or less

1/4/2011 4:41:26 PM

Blanket occasionally if one becomes chilled or sick

1/4/2011 4:39:52 PM

I have a senior horse and blanket anytime the temp is 40 degrees or less

1/4/2011 4:32:00 PM

I sheet or blanket my horses as needed depending on the temperature and wind chill.

1/4/2011 4:31:09 PM

i only blanket my leaner mare

1/4/2011 4:29:46 PM

I didn't want to blanket this year because we aren't showing but my horse just got too cold

1/4/2011 4:29:37 PM

Though hairy, she's thin and we don't want to waste calories keeping warm

1/4/2011 4:28:51 PM

Blankets because of lots of windy rain with no run in shed or trees.

1/4/2011 4:26:42 PM

He is 28 and has a large field and pasture buddies. A large run in he does use when the weather bad

1/4/2011 4:25:15 PM

Age, hair coat and extreme cold/wet weather determines how I blanket my horses

1/4/2011 4:24:45 PM

Blanketing ruins hairs natural insulating loft, they have shelter, warm water and room to move

1/4/2011 4:24:06 PM

I only blanket the horses that are in training and being ridden often. The rest have long coats

1/4/2011 4:23:42 PM

I have very furry Rocky Mountain Horses. Very hardy! Stay out 24/7

1/4/2011 4:23:06 PM

Yes w/26 yr old . No to my hairy gelding who rather not be blanketed.

1/4/2011 4:21:35 PM

blanket to keep horse cleaner

1/4/2011 4:21:04 PM

My horses are outside all the time with available shelter, and I don't blanket them

1/4/2011 4:18:29 PM

I blanket the older horses (29 & 36) when the temperature drops below freezing.

1/4/2011 4:16:40 PM

Mustangs don't need blankets....they grow one in the winter....

1/4/2011 4:14:44 PM

I have a total of 14 horses, none of which are blanketed in the winter. All have access to shelter

1/4/2011 4:14:25 PM

We receive long heavy rains and strong winds combined.

1/4/2011 4:14:08 PM

only when it's freezing rain, in the barn to dry them off

1/4/2011 4:09:36 PM

usually the old ones get blanketed, but not the young ones--they're too rough!

1/4/2011 4:08:41 PM

only my senior and hard keeper TB

1/4/2011 4:08:29 PM

Texas - too hot, unless you are a mini with tyhroid problems, he's shaved and loving his blankets!

1/4/2011 4:06:54 PM

Think it does more harm than good if horse is healthy and fed properly.

1/4/2011 4:06:22 PM

below 50 degrees/ have different thickness for colder nights

1/4/2011 4:05:07 PM

It's cold in Canada!

1/4/2011 4:03:52 PM

I am using blankets on one horse this year who was clipped prior to going into training.

1/4/2011 4:00:54 PM

only blanket sick or old horses when needed.

1/4/2011 3:59:28 PM

I have a skinny older TB who has trouble holding his weight in the cold in WI. I admit I baby him!

1/4/2011 3:58:24 PM

My mares live outside 24/7, and they do just fine.

1/4/2011 3:58:01 PM

below freezing

1/4/2011 3:57:25 PM

My Tbs are rugged but my moorland ponies are not

1/4/2011 3:56:54 PM

I don't even get to ride, it's below zero!

1/4/2011 3:56:28 PM

Have 2 with compromised immune systems, one older gent. Have run-in sheds but MI winters are harsh

1/4/2011 3:55:56 PM

We blanket the old horses one 22 anad one 31 when the temperature drops below 40.

1/4/2011 3:54:52 PM

Only blanket if VERY cold, horse does not have adequate coat or is unable to stay warm on his own.

1/4/2011 3:54:01 PM

I'll blanket, when there is rain, sleet or snow falling at those temperatures or wind chill!

1/4/2011 3:51:07 PM

I blanket unclipped horses as well.

1/4/2011 3:49:06 PM

Some of my TBs have naturally shoet coats

1/4/2011 3:48:50 PM


1/4/2011 3:46:46 PM

I have 3 horses and only blanket my 27 yr. old and only if temps drop to 20's or below

1/4/2011 3:45:01 PM

Extreme cold (for us in AZ) this winter, only my elderly mare is covered

1/4/2011 3:44:27 PM

My guy is 28 and a hard keeper; I blanket him to keep his weight on

1/4/2011 3:43:40 PM

I blanket below 40F

1/4/2011 3:42:38 PM

He has never been blanketed and he stayes in a pasture with a shelter to get out of the weather

1/4/2011 3:41:29 PM

Cold & rainy-yes.My old guy when it's 40F or less wet or not. Over 40F-no-they get too warm-sweat

1/4/2011 3:40:49 PM

Only for aged mare, the rest have plenty of condition

1/4/2011 3:40:41 PM

1 yes because he is clipped, 2 no because they are hairy. I'm in realtively mild AZ. They live out.

1/4/2011 3:40:09 PM

I use a sheet instead of a mid/heavy weight blanket. This keeps my mare dry.

1/4/2011 3:38:53 PM

They are inside in the really bad weather.

1/4/2011 3:38:52 PM

For horses over 20

1/4/2011 3:38:26 PM

I always blanket, even though I don't usually clip. I have three different weights of blankets.

1/4/2011 3:38:10 PM

under 40 degrees a sheet, under 20 a blanket, outside all day

1/4/2011 3:38:05 PM

I use a wool lined rain sheet to keep him dry..which also keeps him warm.

1/4/2011 3:36:05 PM

Stall opens to a paddock so he can come and go 24/7.

1/4/2011 3:34:43 PM

I blanket when temp dips to 40 or below.

1/4/2011 3:31:21 PM

10 year old, good condition, good hair coat, keep clean of mud - she does great!

1/4/2011 3:27:41 PM

yes only when it is sleeting out.

1/4/2011 3:26:44 PM

One yes (clipped) and one no (not clipped).

1/4/2011 3:24:58 PM

All my horses are blanketed, I do body clip if needed, I also have them under lights.

1/4/2011 3:22:37 PM

I only blanket 1 mare as she was not coming back from weaning as I thought she should

1/4/2011 3:21:06 PM

I have a Tb with a thin coat so I wait until he starts to get a coat and blanket at 35 or below.

1/4/2011 3:19:51 PM

Most clipped/blanketed. Working horses get too hot here in Florida

1/4/2011 3:17:36 PM

If temps to cold - they stay in barn

1/4/2011 3:17:28 PM

I start preparing them in mid-fall by gradually increasing rations for higher body fat.

1/4/2011 3:17:05 PM

I don't clip but they do get blankets only when its very cold and there's lots of wind/rain.

1/4/2011 3:15:51 PM

I only blanket if it's cold AND wet

1/4/2011 3:13:20 PM

This is the first year I have not blanketed. I feed more hay to keep them warm

1/4/2011 3:13:13 PM

They are hairy and have shelter from nasty weather

1/4/2011 3:13:03 PM

at 20+ my mare is obviously uncomfortable if turned out w/o a blanket

1/4/2011 3:11:50 PM

our horses stay ouside all te time, and get very furry and do not need a blanket.

1/4/2011 3:11:22 PM

I blanket when it reaches below 30

1/4/2011 3:10:40 PM

below 45F

1/4/2011 3:08:58 PM

below 15F

1/4/2011 3:08:26 PM

only the older, spoiled horse

1/4/2011 3:08:06 PM

Usually only blanket when rain/sleet/snowing or high windchills

1/4/2011 3:07:50 PM

I blanket one when its very cold she is old and needs the added insulation.

1/4/2011 3:05:58 PM

Only blanket geriatric animal, the rest don't need blankets, even in below zero weather. Just feed

1/4/2011 3:04:38 PM

My horse is 27 years old and tends to lose weight in the winter, so I do blanket her.

1/4/2011 3:03:50 PM

I have 4 horses. Only the 33 yrs old gets blanketed.

1/4/2011 3:01:50 PM

They are free to be in shelter they choose outside unless eatting and sleeping

1/4/2011 2:43:14 PM

Too Many Horses to blanket & they are tough Mnt horses

1/4/2011 2:43:10 PM

I blanket the 2 oldest horses

1/4/2011 2:24:13 PM

only clipped or unhealthy horses require blanketing IMO

1/4/2011 1:34:07 PM

I blanket if rainy/windy below 40-45F. Or if in 20s. (Am in AZ)

1/4/2011 12:50:04 PM

My horse doesn't grow much of a winter coat and has issues with "the runs" in the cold, so I blanket

1/4/2011 12:49:59 PM

Out all the time (free choice shelter), no blankets- nature's blanket (fur) does best, it adjusts!

1/4/2011 12:48:40 PM

each horse owner must make his/her decision based on a variety of conditions

1/4/2011 11:00:44 AM

Around 0, depending on wind chill. Horses out 24/7 with run in shelter.

1/4/2011 10:46:26 AM

Once found my best horse tangles and exhausted in it's high quality blankey,since then I only blank!

1/4/2011 9:41:31 AM

He is stabled in a closed barn - no real reason to blanket.

1/4/2011 9:41:09 AM

My vet believes if you start blanketing a horse you have to stay with it 24/7 year round.Not for me

1/4/2011 9:39:46 AM