Winter is around the corner and you may be starting to think about your winter coat, winter riding pants, boots, gloves, and perhaps, even your horses' possible need for a blanket. Some people use them and some don't for a variety of reasons. This is a personal choice.Winter horse blankets http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_blanket are used for protecting horses from the elements, especially in cold climates. They come in a variety of styles, shapes, weights, and sizes. Some are made for primarily indoor use like the the stable blanket, designed for maximum comfort and warmth rather than maneuverability. Whereas the outdoor turnout blanket (turnout rug) is designed to be weather resistent, and accomodate better maneuverability. Some manufacturers have even designed accessories like a hood, sleezy sleapwear http://www.ss4horses.com/, and more!
Have you checked your horses' blankets yet? Do they need repairs, cleaning, waterproofing? Do you have the appropriate type for the various weather conditions (many people have multiple blankets for wach horse)? Does your horse not have a blanket and maybe he needs one?This week's task is to examine your horses' blanket needs and take action! Please consider reading a few of the resources below (whether you blanket or not).
How Horses Keep Warm
Learn how to choose, purchase, use, clean and maintain horse blankets in this free series of video guides. http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/4958_horse-blankets.htm
When to Blanket Your Horse in Winterhttp://equisearch.com/horses_care/health/winter/blanket_101904/
Horse Blanket Q&ABlanket manufacturers answer some of your most common questions about the use and care of blankets for your equine partner.http://www.equisearch.com/horses_riding_training/tack_apparel/miscellaneous/eqblanket2649/
Horse Stable Blanket Selection and Care by Cherry Hill
To Blanket or Not to Blanket
Blankets and Sheets Buyer's Guide
Turnout Blanket Buyer's Guide