Do I blanket my horses? Should you?
This question doesn’t have a simple yes or no answer as each individual horse and turn-out situation is different and as a result it needs to be taken on a case by case basis.
Firstly I believe to blanket ONLY when needed and ONLY when blankets can be properly taken on/off in a timely fashion (as weather/temps change sometimes this has to be done several times a day). I didn’t blanket my horses for many many years – they didn’t need it…but as some got older and started to feel the cold more a blanket became a welcome thing for them. Some of my horses get blankets others not at all…ultimately I think horses can self-regulate their body temps on their own best of all HOWEVER they MUST be given proper shelter and lots of free choice hay!
I’ve attached an article called Blanket my horse I’ve written a while back that goes into more detail on the subject to help anyone on the fence to decide.