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The Blanketing Debate

Submitted by: Danielle Aamodt
Phone: 267-972-1491
Email Address: danielleaamodt(at)gmail
Date Added: 2/28/2015

The blanketing debate is always a hot topic in the horse community every winter. Deciding to blanket depends on:

-The job of your horse
Clipped horses that are in work will obviously need to be blanketed.

-Shelter availability
Horses in the pasture will need some protection from the elements, whether that be a shed or blankets.

-The weather conditions
A horse's tolerance level for the temperature will change drastically in wet conditions.

-The horse's age & weight
Horses that are older, young or difficult to keep weight on will need extra help staying warm as well.

There is no direct answer to the blanketing debate.

If you decide to blanket, it's important to choose the right type of blanket for the conditions. Layering may also be useful, but be careful not to overdo it which may cause body soreness and over heating. Consider putting a moisture-wicking fabric, like fleece, under a heavy blanket to keep them dry. This also keeps your heavy blankets clean.

Be sure to use blankets that are properly fitted. If they are too big or too small, blankets can rub a sore on your horse's withers or shoulders. (Then you have a problem!) Watch for hair loss on worn areas.

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