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Blanketing In Warm Weather -

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I know. I put a sheet on my ponies when its gonna be a cooler summer night. an blanketing bald show horses when its gonna be a cooler summer day - with appropriate blankets of course. but what do you think of this?

driving to a car show with my bf we were going through some farm country. and i noticed some horses turned out among cattle, maybe 5 - and a few of them were wearing blankets. from what i saw, they looked like big thick turnouts - possibly layers. i said something to my boyfrien who has horses and he didnt think much of it. i thought that was weird and the horses looked unhappy and uncomfortable. it reached 80 degrees that day.

my mom tends to do this - keeps a sheet and a turnout on our horses and doesnt take them off - like yesterday when it was a high of 70. i just think thats lazy horseownership.

thoughts?

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Absolutely I think it is just lazy. Personally, I'm not a big fan of blanketing(unless there's a real need for it such as the horse being old,sick or clipped), but if it's done right I don't mind it, it's just not what I like to do. But when I see people do things like that, it makes me angry.

On the same street as my barn, there's 4 horses that in general are very well taken care of. But their heavy weight,layered winter blankets(which is kind of over kill here in Kentucky anyway!The horses are young, fat and not clipped) are left on til it's like 80 degrees sometimes. I feel so bad for those horses, and often they will be standing under the trees looking miserable and sweaty.

Friends of mine are really busy, and will leave their 6 horses heavy blankets on until it's 75 degrees because "they didn't have the time to take them off". They are also hot and miserable. When you blanket a horse, you have to make sure and know what the weather is going to be like, and make time to change blankets, or to take them off.

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Thick, layered blankets on an 80 degree day, yes I'd say it's lazy. You never know tho, I've thrown a blanket on my horse when it was predicted to only reach 55 and the temps actually climbed to the mid 70s. I couldn't do anything about it until I got off work, hours later.

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If you looked at my show horse some days, youd swear he was abused, because he has a heavy blanket on when its in the mid 50's. His legs and underside of his belly have about 2" of hair on them (hes a mini, and gets quite the winter coat) but the rest of him is clipped. When blanketed, you cant tell hes clipped, but its defiantly too cold for the naked boy to be blanketless, unless of course its sunny and not this mid 50's but windy and rainy crap.

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There is no need to blanket on such a warm day, and, in fact, I take my blanket off my horse a soon as possible heading into spring. There's nothing better than that first blanketless role in the mud, and it helps their coat and I think their mental state too, to get a really good scratch!

BTW, for anyone who does like a sheet on their horse in spring, Bucas is doing a major give-away of $500 in blankets in a photo contest. If you have great photos of your horse, it's worth entering.

http://www.barnmice.com/group/barnmicenews/forum/topics/enter-our-photo-contest-to-win

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