Assuming he is in good health, has appropriate shelter from wind and rain, is not clipped, receives free-choice high-quality forage and has access to clean water that is never frozen, he probably doesn’t need a blanket says Dr. Benjamin Darien, DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine.
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)|
Not clipped: sheet only
|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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