Blanketing your equine buddy

By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 1st, 2017
Category: Animal Airwaves

When it comes to horse comfort, dedicated equine enthusiasts are all in. But sometimes, what seems helpful to you might work against your steed’s best interests.

Take blanketing, for example. A dense haircoat and layer of fat are actually a horse’s best weapons against the cold. It’s generally wet weather that creates problems. That’s because moisture flattens insulating air pockets in the coat. So horses truly do need shelter from the storm.

But if shelter isn’t at hand, a blanket is the next best thing. That’s also true if horses are exposed to temperatures below 5 degrees. Horses in poor condition and those at age extremes also benefit from blanketing. The same goes for horses accustomed to warm climates or those with clipped coats.

Finally, make sure the blanket fits in all the right places.