AU­TUMN BLAN­KET­ING TIP

EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

Fluc­tu­at­ing fall tem­per­a­tures can make blan­ket­ing a com­pli­cated af­fair. You might be tempted to bun­dle up your horse with a nice heavy blan­ket on a cold au­tumn night, but when tem­per­a­tures rise again in the morn­ing, he will quickly be­come over­heated. And the con­se­quence isn’t just mi­nor dis­com­fort; a horse wear­ing a win­ter­weight blan­ket on a warm fall day can de­velop dan­ger­ous heat stress, just as he might stand­ing in the blaz­ing sum­mer sun.

So when blan­ket­ing your horse dur­ing vari­able fall weather, follow this rule: Out­fit him in a blan­ket that’s suit­able for the high­est tem­per­a­ture that’s likely to oc­cur be­fore you or a barn helper can re­turn to re­move it. For in­stance, rather than put on his thick­est blan­ket based on 33 de­gree overnight tem­per­a­tures, opt in­stead for the lighter weight one that will be suit­able the next morn­ing when the mer­cury rises another 15 de­grees.

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