Does your horse need a blanket?

I love this flow chart from Auburn Agriculture. Intellectually, I know that most of the time, my horses could live just fine without their blankets. After all, they have access to shelter, I haven’t clipped them yet this year, and we feed plenty of hay. On dry nights, without wind, they would probably be just […]

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To blanket, or not to blanket. That is the question!

Most years by the beginning of January, the horses have been wearing blankets pretty consistently. This year, they’ve only warn blankets two nights, when the temperatures dipped into the single digits. Otherwise, we’ve had unseasonably warm weather coupled with the fact that the new barn has less blanket storage and it’s harder to blanket them […]

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Do you blanket your horse in the winter?

In the 15 years or so that I’ve kept my horses at a co-op barn, many of my opinions have changed. When I first arrived, fresh from years of boarding, I tucked my horse into his stall every night swathed in the appropriate blanket for the weather. Now, I’m a firm believe in 24/7 turn […]

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It’s 10 degrees outside. How to help your horse weather the cold

Although we’ve had a very mild winter so far in New England, it is winter nonetheless. Saturday night, Sunday and Monday mornings, winter made itself felt with overnight lows in the single digits and daytime highs in the low teens. How can you help your horse stay comfortable when the temperatures drop? Especially when they […]

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Dealing with temperature swings

The weather here has been crazy. Last week a freak snow storm took down power lines and trees and we had temperatures in the 20s . . . this week we’ve had temperatures in the high 60s. It’s bad enough when you’re a human — we can dress appropriately. But for horses, it’s harder for […]

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Blanketing the Wet Horse

Last night when I fed it was almost 50 degrees and dry. At 9 p.m. when the rain started, it was unexpected. However, with the temperature now at 41, I thought it was too cold to leave them out in the rain without blankets even though they have access to shelter. When I arrived at […]

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