Monday, October 7, 2013

Blankets or No Blankets

In upstate New York, Spring and Fall are the two times of year when the question arises, "Should I put a blanket on my horse today?" Summer is a no-brainer. Generally NO blankets are needed.  Winter, another no-brainer, blankets ARE usually needed.

 It's those iffy days when it's cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon, when we equine lovers scratch our heads trying to figure out what to do.

Rule of thumb is: Put on a protective rain sheet if it's 57 degrees or cooler (down to 45).  When it gets to be below 45 (down to 38) a mid weight winter blanket works. Thirty five degrees and below I get out the heavier blankets. You can always double blanket.

It was 62 degrees today, but raining with heavy winds. Tonight it's going down to 48 degrees. If your horse gets wet and the wind blows when it's cool, they'll get chilled. My two mares shiver. So, today they have their protective rain sheets on  to keep them warm and dry. They're happy. And so am I.


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Pam Beers. said...

Thanks so much for following, Grantham.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

may I ask a question that had puzzled all my life. I am born in the Chinese Zodiac of the horse. (luckily at mid day) my dad said horses (may be in China) are not allowed to lie down to sleep. Instead they have a harness over the horse belly. If a horse is allowed to sleep lying down, It would not work well.
Yesterday, this question arose when we saw some equestrian show. Your horses, do they sleep lying down? Thanks.

Jenny said...

HOrses in Holland wear blankets all the time. It is cool in summer. I've just seen some horse blankets with a zebra print and they are so funny. I'm glad you visited my blog. xo Jenny

Pam Beers. said...

Ann: My horses are athletes, the jump over obstacles among other things. Horses work just fine when they lie down. Yes, my horses lie down, but not for long periods of time. It is important for them to rest lying down. During the summer months, you'll find them stretched out in the sun for a mid-afternoon snooze.

Jenny: I like the zebra print. Sounds like fun.