To Blanket or Not?

Every winter I wonder if I should blanket the horses here in Florida or not.  I usually hold out unless the temps fall below 40 degrees.  This year is no different – except Kobi and Sugar haven’t developed their winter coats yet.

Then this article from horse.com popped in my inbox: TO BLANKET OR NOT TO BLANKET? A COLD WEATHER QUESTION written by Luke Bass, DVM, MS.

It’s a really good article that pretty much said horses only need blankets when the temperatures drop below 10 degrees F.  Thankfully, we NEVER get that cold here (or I’d have to move!)

He also gives pointers on how to keep horses warm above that without blankets and how to properly blanket when it does get cold.

All said, when the temperature dips into the mid-30’s here at the Triple H Ranch, I guarantee you’ll still see Kobi and Sugar snuggled down in their blankets for the night.

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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