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  • melissa_maser Original Poster
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    I live in Rock Springs , Wyoming..We had a bad experience taking his turnout off. He bolted out and hit fence. Fell and scraped his rear leg. Took stitches…It will be in the low teens. He’s afraid of that turnout..LIKE ITS A BEAR. .!! . 3 of us tried. We cannot get it on. He’s a 3 yr old Arabian . Never been saddled. He has a barn with 4 walls he can go in and out of to a large paddock…
    What should I do? 10° IS COLD…

    pheets pheets
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    Warm water, deep bedding, extra hay for tonight. Then try some desensitizing with a different coloured smaller “item” that doesn’t quite look like ‘the bear’, working up to an actual blanket. If you are really determined to get him covered (don’t blame you!), I know some folks like the blindfold method for skittish horses but that is a judgment call between you, your heart and your horse. Might work in a pinch and as a once or twice approach. Not my first choice but I have seen it work often enough. Good luck, and be careful! Stay warm, too : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    melissa_maser Original Poster
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    Thank you…my husband actually suggested the blindfold, also.
    I have just been looking at lighter blankets in the new catalogue…I received today…thank you. Thought about a shot to calm him when his stitches are removed. Might be a good time… Its time for the stitches to come out…..I’ll ask my vet. Yes..the
    “black bear” Is a heavy one. Good for really cold weather..looking at fleece. Just want him comfy and warm..love him ! :)

    pheets pheets
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    It’s so hard when we love them as much as we do and they won’t easily let us care for them the way we know to sometimes (because they are not always compliant, the bums :D). I have a big boy here (Pheets) that refused a blanket last night. Needless to say, when I went out at 4 am just for his wardrobe adjustment, he was a whole lot more co-operative. I didn’t sleep well knowing he’ll be cold in the am (I hear you loud and clear, love my boy, too : ) . Problem here (New England) is that as much as the temps will get low, it is still too warm to put a decent sheet/cover over them at midnight. Doesn’t get COLD (yet) until around 4 am and only cold till the sun’s been up for an hour or so. I so am not a fan of what this time of year demands, lol!

    Good luck to you and your boy, I know it can be frustrating at times.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    nicci_larson
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    You need to work on desensitizing him to things. You can blindfold, twitch, trick or force him into it but that is not fixing the problem. It will actually make it worse and can lead to a really bad situation. Start with something small, a saddle pad or a towel and work until he’s comfortable with that all over him then move up to something a little bigger and so on until you can try the blanket. Look up Clinton Anderson’s approach and retreat method for a good how to. This is extremely important to do but will take some time. If he has a stall and lots and lots of hay he will be fine for now. He’s better off that way then getting himself or you hurt because he’s spooked by his blanket.

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