The cold arrives and with it one of the most delicate times for horses. One of the most important elements and which should be provided to horses without any doubt during this season is the horse blanket for winter with which we must cover them.
The blankets do an essential function: protect the horse from the cold. But choosing the right horse blanket is a complicated task because if you do not choose the right one we will not be able to fulfill its function, besides being able to provoke other types of problems.
In this article, we explain what to keep in mind in order to choose the right blanket for our horse.
Here we advice how to choose your horse blanket for winter
Choosing a horse blanket depends on where our horse sleeps
If the horse is in the box
The first thing to keep in mind is if the animal is in a box or lives continuously in the field. Since, a horse that is in the box does not need the same care as another horse that is outdoors.
Once we know that the animal is in a box. We must also take into account if the animal is shorn or not. In the first case, being sheared is colder. So we must cover it with a warm square blanket of at least 300 grams. If being in the box usually goes out on the street during the day. The blanket that we will provide will be that which is waterproof and resistant to the weather from the outside.
If, on the other hand, the animal is not shared, the cold will not affect it as much. But even so, it is necessary to provide it with a square, light, transparent and 200-gram matte.
On the other hand, if the animal is subjected to very low temperatures it is advisable to add another light polar blanket to its blanket.
If still, we do not know if the horse is sufficiently protected, to be able to know if it is cold or you can not put your hand under the blanket and if the skin has a cold, is that the animal is not sufficiently protected.
If the horse is in the meadow
Another of the cases in which we can find is that in which the horse is all day in the field. In this situation, it could be said that the animal could spend practically all winter without having to provide a blanket, provided that it has some kind of shelter. This is due to the fact that the animal is in continuous movement, which makes it create heat naturally in its body.
If you still want to put a blanket, it should be waterproof, resistant and breathable. It is also recommended that you have a flap on the tail to protect it completely from the adversities of the weather. By the way, if you want to know more about the care of our horse in winter, in this post you have all the information.
Sizes of horse blanket
Once we have clear what is the situation and the needs of our horse we must buy the blanket. For this, you have to be clear about your size. Because if you buy it small you can easily break it. And if you buy it big you can fold causing the horse some problem.
The size of the blanket depends on the morphology of the horse and its height. Each brand of blanket can have its own way of measuring the horse. For example it is usually measured according to the height of the horse on the cross. Also from the cross at the beginning of the final tail of the rump or from the chest at the end of the rump or currently measured from the tip of the back to the tip of the buttock.
If we consider the traditional way of measuring, that is, according to the height of the horse on the cross, we must bear in mind these measures:
- If the horse measures 1.20 to 1.30 cm the size of the blanket should be 150 cm (5’3 ”)
- If the horse measures from 1.35 to 1.50 cm the size of the blanket should be 125 cm (5’9”)
- If the horse measures from 1.50 to 1.60 cm the size of the blanket should be 135 cm (6’0”)
- If the horse measures 1.60 to 1.70 cm, the size of the blanket must be 145 cm (6’3 ”)
- If the horse measures from 1.70 to 1.80 cm the size of the blanket should be 155 cm (6’9”)
- If the horse measures more than 1.80 cm the size of the blanket should be 165 cm (7’0 ”)
Finally, in addition to the size, we must keep in mind the crossed straps. These must be perfectly adjusted, that is, they cannot be too tight or too loose. It is also necessary that the straps of the thighs are correctly adjusted to prevent the blanket from slipping down the sides.
In order for the horse blankets to be worn properly and for their function to be effective. We must bear in mind the need to remove the blankets progressively so that a thermal shock is not created. In turn, it is essential to constantly clean the blankets. So, that it does not cause injuries or friction on the horse.
Finally, if we do not want the horse’s hair to be damaged on the chest or on the neck, we can protect it with lycra shoulders.
The article of freehorseracingtips4u.com gives opinions and recommendations of the professional team, they are not diagnostic. For each particular case or problem in your horses, we recommend that you contact a professional. Who makes the diagnosis for the horse. We always advise you, if you find any changed behavior in your horse. Don’t be late to consult your trusted veterans experts.
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