During the coldest times of year, people start thinking about the best ways to keep their horses comfortable. This brings up a widespread debate- should you blanket your horse? Choosing whether or not to blanket your horses is largely a matter of preference. Here are a few pros and cons that might help you make your decision.
Blanketing horses can help to keep them dry, clean, and ready to ride. Clipped horses lose their natural layer of insulation, so they may need to be blanketed to maintain a safe temperature. Blankets can also be used to help horses used to warmer climates acclimate to colder temperatures.
Some horses are incapable of regulating their temperature to the degree required to withstand winter freezes. Often if a horse is older or has problems maintaining their weight, a blanket can be useful in allowing them to stay warm and comfortable. Furthermore, if precipitation is present alongside the cold temperatures, a waterproof blanket can allow a horse to stay more comfortable. When a horse does not have access to adequate shelter from the weather, blankets can also be useful to keep the horse warm enough.
Most horses are capable of regulating their own temperature quite effectively. Their winter coats usually provide plenty of insulation, especially when they are dry. The use of blankets stops horses from regulating their own temperatures.
Blanketing can also cause injuries due to an ill-fit or the horse becoming entangled. Some horses simply don’t like blanketing, and it will take a great deal of time to help them adjust to the blanket. Blankets cost extra money and time for maintenance. Blanketing can also cause overheating, particularly if temperatures raise quickly.
Whether you choose to blanket or not is completely up to you. Differences in situation can influence your decision. If you do choose to blanket, make sure you check underneath frequently to ensure that your horse is not overheating.
Another important winter problem is dehydration. The best way to avoid dehydration in your horse is by installing a Bar-Bar-A Horse Drinker. This will keep the water at the perfect temperature to coax your horse to drink enough water. For more information about installing a Horse Drinker, contact us today!