Winter is around the corner. When to start blanketing?

With winter around the corner we tend to slow down how much we ride in general so our horses can get fuzzy coats and enjoy the soggy days off. When to blanket depends on what you refer really. Do you want a sleek horse year round? Blanket and double blanket and put them in a barn with lights on timers so the horse still thinks it’s summer. Myself, I prefer fluffy and natural so I wait for them to grow coats and don’t blanket until the rains arrive. I blanket with medium weight turn out blankets since mine live in my pasture.

Winter tip reminder:

Use baby oil on the horse’s legs to repel mud and listerine spray on their hooves after you clean them to prevent thrush.

Remember never blanket a wet horse they can get rain rot and it’s a very painful fungus.

Start ordering gravel and gravel your high traffic areas too to help manage mud.

Be safe and as always don’t forget to hug your horse it’s great therapy for you and they appreciate the attention.

Published by Jillian

I specialize in problem horses, youngsters, horse rehabilitation and achieving softness and a better relationship between horse and their rider. I not only train horses but humans as well. Not your typical riding lesson but I can, if you so choose, teach you to train your horse! I’m always available to help answer questions or share photos or videos upon request to better illustrate my advice. I’ve mastered the “don’t break the bank” way of keeping your horse healthy and cared for while on a budget. If you walk into almost any large barn in Oregon you’re bound to meet a horse I trained or sold! I’ve trained over 623 horses and counting! I post updates as I receive them from clients and buyers. Thank you for taking the time to browse and hopefully learn something new!

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