Hauling Horses With Blankets in Cold Conditions
- October 30, 2016
- Lynn Kohr
Do we blanket our horses and take a chance of getting them hot then chilled, or do we leave the blankets off chancing a drafty cold trailer?
I’m not meaning to complicate issues! In answering this question, I remember the words of coaches, outdoor guides and my parents…layer your clothing. When you are not exactly sure of the weather, wear layers. To hedge my bet on keeping my horses comfortable, instead of putting one heavy winter blanket on my horses and chancing getting them hot and sweaty in changing conditions, I have been layering blankets when hauling and even when stalling at events.
I like having Back On Track blankets on them when hauling and stalling anyway, so I add a light weight wind and waterproof outer layer (my favorite is Classic Equine’s Weather Turnout) on top of the Back On Track. So far, layering has been a super way to keep our horses comfortable in a broad range of temperatures and weather conditions.
Using layers allows for breathing, insulating, and thermo-regulation for our horses. Pack away the heavy winter blankets for the big winter storms at home and add to your “to take with” list, layering blankets like the Back On Track blankets for the under layers and lighter weight blankets that might even be wind and waterproof for the outer layer.
About Lynn Kohr
I am a barrel and pole horse trainer, giving springtime barrel racing and pole bending clinics and workshops, competing in barrel racing and pole bending futurities while marketing our horses for sale. I am a Mom of 3: Sage 14, Cedar 13 and Stratton 11...