Last week the temperatures here in Southern Ontario dropped low enough to start blanketing. No big deal. I picked up a sheet and a rain sheet at the last Greenhawk sale. We were all set for fall weather.
Until Tucker happened.
The Jerk ripped his brand new sheet. After only a week! It for sure happened in turnout. He’s turned out in a large field with a big group of geldings.
Now if it was only a rip I wouldn’t care so much. Pull out the needle and thread and stich it up, albeit not very well. But it would be functional. What he actually did was, god only knows how, snap off part of one of the metal buckles at the front and completely remove one belly strap (without causing a rip).
Nothing I can do about the belly strap but I Macgyver’d the front buckle/strap with vet wrap. I haven’t been up since Wednesday so no idea how well that held.
I’m blanketing this winter. No question about that. He grows a really think coat and sweats a lot. That’s not so good when the temps drop. So I’m also planning to trace clip to keep that problem in check.
But what happens when he destroys his winter blanket during the coldest months. When it’s too late to un-trace clip him. I can’t afford to replace blankets every week! Especially the big winter ones.
I don’t know. I have so many mixed emotions about this.
Pro’s to blanketing and individual turnout
– I don’t want him to sweat and get chilled after a ride.
– I also don’t want him to get chilled when his blanket gets ripped off him out in the field.
– Less turnout in the coldest months may not be so bad.
– He’d still have horses he can socialize with over the fence.
– Chances of injury are slightly reduced if he’s not out in a group.
– I’d likely spend less money on replacing blankets and halters if he’s out alone.
– Less turn out. Especially right now when it’s still relatively nice.
– I want him to be out for as long as possible.
– I think that being in a group is good for him.
There seems to be more pro’s than con’s but that doesn’t make it any easier.
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