But Dr. Darien advises that human intervention—clipping, life under barn lights (light inhibits coat growth), and diets that don’t allow for continual chewing and digestion to keep core body temperature up—can mandate blanketing even for healthy horses.
Dr. Darien suggests these general “what to wear” guidelines for healthy horses whose lifestyles might require a little extra warmth.
|Above 60o||Everyone goes naked! (unless wind is a factor)|
|50o-60o F||Not clipped: sheet only|
Clipped; midweight insulated blanket
|40o-50o F||Not clipped; sheet and lightweight liner|
Clipped: midweight insulated blanket
|30o-40o F||Not clipped: midweight insulated blanket|
Clipped: heavy blanket
|20o-30o F||Not clipped: heavy blanket|
Clipped: heavy blanket with fleece liner
|Below 20o F||Heavy blankets and liners for all; bring on the polar fleece for clipped horses.|
This article was originally published in the October 2005 issue of Horse Illustrated. Click here to subscribe.
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