Blanketing is a tricky topic in horse care. As owners, we want to provide our horses with the best care possible.
We feel good seeing them in a clean stall, wrapped in a cozy blanket…
But is this what our horse would choose also?
As my answer often goes for many questions, “it depends”.
Blanketing needs will vary for each horse, depending on their breed, haircoat, and acclimation to the climate.
Many horses don’t need a blanket at all, and wearing one could cause more harm than good, by limiting their natural ability to thermo-regulate.
Learn more about how horse’s naturally stay warm and how to tell if and when your horse needs a blanket in the video below.
Want more? Take a look at this study, where horses were taught to indicate their own blanketing preferences.