I would drop both these charts down another 5-10 degrees. a clipped horse doesn’t really need a blanket until around 40 degrees if the weather is nice. if it’s windy or rainy obviously throw a sheet on. and an unclipped horse doesn’t need a sheet in good weather until about 15-20 degrees, and even then it should be a light sheet. horses thermoregulate a lot better than people do even with blanketing and clothing them like we clothe ourselves is dangerous.
Fun fact - an unclipped horse can stay unblanketed up to -40 deg F/C (or even colder) as long as they’re not wet, have the means to get out of the wind and have plenty of hay to warm them from the inside out. Horse coats are amazing, and more often than not, blanketing unclipped horses can do more harm than good.
Hell yes they can! Horse coats are the coolest (/warmest)!
Definitely bump down 10 to 20 degrees for the unclipped.
it also depends a lot on body condition? like i clip finn and put a light blanket on him around 35-40 degrees because he is fat and can stand colder temps without shivering just because he has more insulation. but if he was skinny or a hard keeper i would be a lot more anal about what temps he had a blanket on just because i wouldn’t want him to expend any extra energy at all to stay warm
Definitely depends on the INDIVIDUAL horse. I had a gelding who wasn’t happy and would physically show his discomfort if it was 40 degrees and he WASNT blanketed.
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