|Posted on January 27, 2017 at 10:15 AM|
Blanketing My Miniature Horse/Shetland Pony
How to measure your Miniature Horse/Shetland Pony
Measure the distance from the centre of the chest to the point of the hip, keeping the tape measure level. This measurement, in inches is your animal’s blanket size.
What Type Of Blanket Does My Animal Need?
TEMP HORSE WITH FULL COAT CLIPPED HORSE
60°F/15°C Requires none May require a sheet if rainy or windy
50°-60°F/10-15°C Nothing or light blanket(80 gram) Light to medium blanket(80-250 gram)
32°-40°F/0°-4°C Nothing or light/medium(80-250 gram) Medium/heavy(200-300 gram)
14ׄׄ°-32°/-10°-0°C Nothing or light/medium(80-300 gram) Medium(200-300 gram) with liner or 300 gram
<14°F/-10°C Medium/heavy(300 gram and up) Heavy(300-500 gram) with liner
Your horse’s age, body condition, health, coat condition/thickness, activity level, access to shelter, time spent outside and previous experience/exposure to these types of temperatures all must be considered as well. These are only to be taken as general guidelines.
Turn out blankets have an inner layer of fill to keep your horse warm, an outer layer which is waterproof to keep them dry and cut the wind. A good turnout blanket with have multiple fittings to keep it in place, including leg straps. Most will have a tail flap to keep the wind out and the side snugly in place. Many will have the additional fittings for a neck cover.
Turnout sheets are lightweight, and usually waterproof to provide protection against rain, wind, hail, snow and mild to moderate temperatures. The blanket will have good fittings and a tail flap to keep it in place and keep the wind out.
Stable blankets are meant to be worn in the barn, and do not need to be waterproof. The should be well fitted and comfortable. Stable blankets could also be used underneath a turnout blanket for added warmth.
Stable sheets are lightweight, and comfortably fitted, meant to keep your horse clean while they are in the stall. Sheets are not waterproof, however could be used under a turnout for added warmth.
A cooler is meant to be worn after a bathor a heavy workout to help your horse dry
faster and keep from getting cold.
Fly sheets are worn to provide protection from insects during the warmer months.