Monday, May 11, 2009

Why I blanket my horse

I've chatted a bit with a new reader lately about blanketing. Here's a perfect example of why I blanket my horse:

Yesterday was a bit chilly, having rained all night. After a week of 60 and 70 degree temperatures, the horses at the barn hadn't had much of their winter coats left, so they all got a little fuzzy overnight.

All of them except Panama, that is.

Here you can see the long hairs already making a reappearance on the alpha gelding:

A horse's winter coat coming in

In contrast, Panama's coat is a little bit fuzzier, but the difference isn't as noticeable as it is with the others.

My horse's lack of a winter coat

I don't know if it's because he's Arab or what, but Panama just doesn't get as thick a coat as most of the other horses I've seen. It does get longer in the winter, but it's very soft and fine. It's not because of the blanketing, because I only blanket below 15 degrees, and the other horses get exactly the same treatment. Panama also has a much lighter coat in summer, so fine and short that it lays perfectly flat on his skin, as sleek as a seal's.

What is your horse's winter coat like?



At May 11, 2009 at 3:52 PM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

Gilly has really thick long hair on his body and long feathers on his legs. I have never blanketed him because I have never seen him shivering or act like he is cold. Can can get in the barn at all times but in the winter he almost always outdoors, sleeping, covered with snow or ice, he doesn't seem to care. If I put my fingers in his coat his skin is toasty warm.
~Jane and Gilly~

At May 11, 2009 at 4:10 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Jane, I'd say "lucky you" for not having to blanket, but I actually LOVE Panama's short summer coat. If blanketing is the price I have to pay, so be it. :o)

At May 11, 2009 at 6:37 PM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

Gilly's summer coat is very nice, nothing like the woolly mammoth coat of winter hair...LOL
~Jane and Gilly~


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