Do I Blanket My Horse Or Not? It Really Depends On . . . . .
This winter has been crazy this year. Here in Eastern Pennsylvania, our winter weather started out as springlike weather with record breaking temperatures (it reached the low 70's just before Christmas), then dipping down into the low 20's with wind chills bringing the real feel temperature into single digits or even below zero.
With this type of variation of weather, it is hard enough for us to decide what to wear, much less how do we decide what is right for our horses.
First, we must pay attention to the latest weather reports. I know, I know. They are not known to be correct most of the time. (It must be nice to have a job where you can be wrong many times and not get fired for it.) At least with following the weather reports, we can get an idea what to expect. Will the temperatures rise, setting record breaking heat . . . . . or will they drop past the freezing point? Is rain or sun expected . . . . or will it snow with high accumulation?
Once we have a clue about what we can expect from the weather, we can somewhat plan on whether or not to blanket our horses. Make note that horses that are clipped should most definitely be blanketed during the winter months.
One rule of thing is to pay attention to how you dress. If you are putting on many layers of clothing, then we should also put either layers of blankets or a heavy blanket on the horses. If you head out and a light jacket is required, then all your horse may need is just a sheet.
If you are putting on your raingear, then make sure your horse has his rain gear on, also to protect him from getting wet. Time to put on your snowsuit? Then gear up your horse for the same.
It is important to have the right type of blanketing on the horses for the weather. The last thing you would want is for your horse to be overheated from all the layers, or catch a chill from not having enough blanketing.
Keep those horses comfortable during the winter by keeping your ear to the weather reports and your eyes on the sky.
Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR® (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania. She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.
Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR
Pennsylvania License #RS297130
Rural and Horse Properties and Farms
Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.
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