Blanketing is a trigger for many horse people. After years of being around horses, I find that everyone develops their own strategy to go about it – and many of them become very particular for their horse’s blanketing pattern (me included).
Historically, I have always had horses with full body clips in the winter, so my blanketing scheme is very established. Since I live on property with Justin, I’ve always been very hands on with what he’s wearing, which just encourages my
obsessive hands on nature.
I’m a ‘less is more’ kind of person. I’d rather Justin be a little chilly than hot, so if I can’t tell what temperature it will actually be, or I have to be gone all day, i’ll go lighter in my blanketing.
Justin has entirely too many blankets… I’m a hoarder, and every year I somehow convince myself hat he needs another type of blanket. He has multiple sheet sets, mediums, heavys, coolers… It’s really problematic, but it let me come up with a blanketing scheme like this for him body clipped:
- 50’s: Sheet
- 40’s: Medium
- 30’s: Medium blanket, medium hood
- 20’s and below: Medium blanket x 2, medium hood
I basically followed this, though I altered it from day to day to take in other factors as I obsessively check my weather app nearly each hour of the day. Y’all I’m really weird. I took blanket obsession to a new level.
This winter brings an entirely new problem for me. Justin will not be clipped (although he was at the start of October, and all traces of that are gone), and he is full woolly mammoth mode.
The other horses on the farm who are unclipped lead an anti-blanket lifestyle, and this is what I’ve done with Justin so far. We follow the belief that blanketing a horse with a full coat can compress their coat, which compromises insulation. My plan is to let him generally continue to be feral unless it gets unduly cold or wet.
Justin is turned out 24/7 but has access to a run in shed. He seems to love living outside in he elements (see above, pony enjoys rolling in the snow).
This year will be a little challenging for me. It’s already hard enough to let him enjoy his downtime, but now I’ve got to leave the blankets alone too? It’s going to be a long winter.
Also just for fun, this is what happens when Justin is allowed to be naked and it rains:
“Mom, that dust spot I’ve been rolling in for months was finally filled with mud!!”
What are you thoughts about blanketing? Are you as obsessed as I am?