Blanketing/Cold Weather for Dummies?
Honestly this is the first year I've ever had to worry about blanketing. Both previous horses came with blankets (leases), and the first horse I had (and still have), lives out side, grows a coat like a wooly mammoth, and only has a lightweight turnout for when it gets really cold. To cool him off after work I'd basically just walk out for 15 minutes and then rinse off legs to get the sand off, then when his legs were dry, I'd turn him out. I live in West TN, and really cold here is 30 at the least. The coldest I have ever lived to see is 25 once when it snowed in February. It just doesn't get that cold.
Said horse will probably be body clipped, but I'm not entirely sure. It just depends on what the Barn Manager lets me know that we've decided to do for the winter. I'd guess clipped though because we have about 4 or 5 shows to do this winter. He lives inside and gets about 4 hours of morning turnout, never night turnout. So please let me know what I need I guess, how to go about cooling down well in this kind of weather, what blankets when? I'm really just clueless. It's not so much what I need to put on when, because one of the grooms will do that for me before turn out, but when I'm done with a lesson or hack I need to know how to cool out without shocking their system with cold, and what sort of blanket to put on when. Haha, this is a legitimate plea for helppppp. Treat me like a kindergartener, and just assist me here.