Sunday, February 22, 2009

Do you ever neglect to blanket?

Last night was supposed to only get down into the upper teens. Since I only blanket my horse under 15 degrees, I didn't think he'd need it last night.

So, oh! I felt bad when I happened to see around 1:30am that it was only 10 degrees! According to one site, that is. Another site said 14 degrees, and it was late, so I decided to leave it be.

Of course, Panama was just fine today, but he was shedding like crazy when I groomed him. It may have been cold last night, but it climbed well into the 50s this afternoon!

Do you ever neglect to blanket your horse when you should? Do you feel as guilty about it as I did last night?



At February 22, 2009 at 9:46 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I did get caught off guard by an unseasonably icy night last fall and found three shivering horses with ice stuck to their whiskers in the morning. I would have died if someone left me out in that cold without a coat, so I felt terrible. Now I am more likely to do the opposite and leave their blankets on when it's warming up outside, and then when I go to feed them, I find them sweating and feeling droopy. Of course, wild horses survive in extreme temperatures without blankets, so we probably shouldn't worry too much.

At February 24, 2009 at 12:11 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, I worry about the shivering the most, so I would have felt bad too. But apparently Panama just hangs out in the barn any time it's cold, rainy, or snowy, so I probably shouldn't worry so much!


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