Happy Thanksgiving! While most of you were preparing for your Thanksgiving dinners and the arrival of family, I slipped out to go riding. (Our Thanksgiving was back in October.) It was quite cold this morning and the mud puddles were frozen over. As we worked though, both Trillium and I generated a bit of our own heat. When I finished riding, even though Trillium wasn't wet at all, I was concerned that her warmed muscles would get a chill when I turned her out. A cold wind had whipped up and there was rain and snow in the forecast. Although I think she's better off without a blanket, I just didn't feel good about turning her out after she had worked without one.
Chances are if your horse is well fed and has a place to get out of the wind and wet, it doesn't need a blanket. But there are times when a blanket may be beneficial. What do you think? Do you blanket your horses during the colder winter months?