When to Blanket Your Horse

When to Blanket Your Horse

A horse's coat is one of the first places to look when determining if your horse is healthy and happy. A shiny coat means a healthy horse, but you also need to know when and how to groom your horse, including when to blanket them.

It's a chilly winter morning and you're getting ready to head out to the barn to feed your horse. As you walk out the door, you can see your breath in the air. You know that your horse will appreciate a warm blanket when he's eating his breakfast. But how do you know when it's necessary to blanket your horse, and when it's not? Here are some guidelines to help you make the best decision for your horse.

  1. Choose the right type of blanket for your horse. There are many different types of blankets on the market, so it's important to choose one that will suit your horse's needs. Consider the climate you live in and the type of coat your horse has before making a purchase.

Breathable mesh can be used even on warmer days when insects are active. It’s unique design has a contoured shoulder and wide belly flap for added comfort and protection of sensitive areas, while keeping the sheet securely in place.

  1. Make sure the blanket fits properly. A poorly fitting blanket can be uncomfortable for your horse and may cause rubbing or chafing. Take the time to measure your horse and consult with a professional to find the right size blanket for them.

This lush 380 gram fleece cools horse slowly and protects against chill and effectively wicks moisture after bathing. It also helps keep groomed horses clean and dry before a show.

  1. Use a liner if needed. If you live in a particularly cold climate or your horse has a sensitive skin, you may want to use a liner under their blanket.

Looking for a saddle pad that will look great both in the show ring, or out on the trail, and last a long time? Look no further. Cashel’s Blanket Top Performance Pad is made of ¾” pressed felt with a high-quality merino fleece bottom and multicolored blanket wool top options. The moisture-wicking fleece bottom helps to distribute pressure and impact evenly across the horse’s back when performing everyday riding maneuvers. Its unique contour shape is built into the structure giving it the capability to follow a horse natural confirmation and still remain pliable, soft, and conforming. This allows it to be ridden on a wide range of horses. A pad with great eye appeal and the ability to provide protection and comfort to your horse at an affordable price.

Use your best judgment with your four-legged friend. Your horse’s behavior will guide you along the way.