Should Horses Wear Blankets During the Winter?

If you have a horse you probably already know that horses usually do not enjoy being covered with heavy, cold blankets in the winter months. You may not realize it, but these blankets can actually be detrimental to the health of your horse. In fact, horses don't usually need blankets at all in the summer because they are generally cool, but when winter comes they become extremely cold and start having all kinds of other health problems. I'm going to tell you why horses should always wear blankets during the winter months and how to do this by showing you some of the top tips for covering a horse.

 One of the best tips for covering a horse during warm weather is to make sure they are dressed in a turtleneck sweater. This will keep the weight of the horse's head and shoulders off of their back, which makes them much more comfortable. You can also find these types of sweaters in many different colors and styles. You should make sure that you purchase a sweater that fits a horse that is roughly the same size as the horse. If you are trying to fit a horse that is much smaller than the normal size, there are also many companies that will custom-fit their sweaters for you to ensure they fit properly.

Another thing that you can do to ensure your horse stays warm is to make sure that you are using an under saddle blanket. An under saddle blanket will protect your horse's skin from the weather. These are designed to work well with either a turtleneck sweater or a sweater. They are made from a breathable cotton material and allow air to flow through them when your horse is standing underneath them. Although they may not feel as comfortable as a turtleneck sweater or even a blanket, they will keep your horse's skin from getting overheated and will help to keep the cold out. You can find both types at most local pet stores, and most people prefer the one that is made with a thermal material because they are more breathable and won't cause your horse to become uncomfortable.