To Blanket or Not to Blanket? A Good Cold-Weather Question

Here are some tips that will assist you in making the right blanketing decision for your horse.
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To Blanket or Not to Blanket? A Good Cold-Weather Question
If you have decided to blanket, use the blanket weight that is most appropriate for your horse’s needs and the weather conditions. | Photo: Photos.com

The chilly months from late fall to early spring are generally a time of slowed activity for horse and rider, but attentiveness to horse health and management is just as crucial during the cold season. As an equine veterinarian, I’m often asked about blanketing during the cold months.

Primary considerations in horse blanketing are hair coat and environmental temperature. Here is some information that will assist you in making the right blanketing decision for your horse.

First, it’s useful to know that horses have an innate ability to withstand cold and wind, with the important caveat that they need shelter or a windbreak, as well as proper cold-season feed and nutrition

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Luke Bass, DVM, MS, is an equine veterinarian at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

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