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Blanketing in California

This topic contains 3 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Joan Fry 2 years, 10 months ago.

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  • kendell_rivard Original Poster
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    I have an Australian Brumby mare who sheds year long. Right now we live in Florida and she gets a thick 2″ to 3″ coat but I clip and blanket her. She usually starts growing a coat when temperatures hit the low 60’s but I’m not sure if I should use a light or medium blanket. She is stalled during the day but has one 2 hour turnout, she also has a nightly turnout. Right now I have a stable light/medium rain sheet for turnout and a light stable sheet for when she is in the stall or day turnout, she is known foe being very kindly to blankets. I once turned her out in a cooler for a few hours and it didn’t move at all and it only had a chest closure.

    Joan Fry
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    Hi, Kendell, I’m not sure why you gave your post that title–you used to live in CA but now you live in FL? A bigger question is, why do you clip her during the cold weather? Do you show? She’s a cutie, BTW! My point: if you didn’t clip her (I assume you mean a body clip), she wouldn’t need blanketing, so you wouldn’t have to worry about which kind to use.

    kendell_rivard Original Poster
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    I currently live in Florida and I am moving to California. Yes I show and she sweats really easily and gets uber hot.She still gets cold when she isn’t blanketed or clipped because she is from Australia and she is not used to the cold. She looks like this.

    Joan Fry
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    She’s a pretty girl! I saw a lot of horses in Australia, but most of them seemed to be TB or TB crosses. I didn’t see any Brumbies, to my great disappointment. And now that you mentioned it, I was never cold there except in the extreme south, where the fairy penguins live. What’s her name? Given the mare’s breeding and her intolerance to cold–and because she’s clipped–yes, you need to blanket her. But I hope somebody else posts to this thread because I don’t know what kind to recommend. I have a trail horse and don’t body clip him. As long as he’s not losing weight and/or is sickly, I see no reason for blankets. That’s why mother nature gave horses winter coats!

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