Five Tips on Managing Those Blankets
- Be sure your horse is clean and dry before putting on a blanket. If there is “skin yuck,” try to clear it up first or talk to your veterinarian about treatments, as blanketing can aggravate skin conditions. Don’t share blankets among horses.
- Use the right blanket at the right time. When it’s 40 or 50 degrees outside, use a lightweight blanket. If it’s 20° or below, use a heavyweight blanket or a combination of blankets. Be sure to use only waterproof blankets when horses are outside. Change blankets as the temperature changes so your horse doesn’t sweat under his blankets.
- Use a blanket that fits properly. You don’t want rub marks or sores developing anywhere on your horse. Check blankets a couple of times a day to be sure they are on straight and that the straps and surcingles are adjusted properly.
- Repair damaged blankets as soon as possible. Clean your blankets annually!
- Remove your horse’s blanket and groom him or her regularly.