So I am planning NOT to blanket my Gennyral this year. I have been planning this since last year. The reason I want to give this a try is because last year I noticed that Gen didn’t really need to be blanketed. I knew that my horse grew a great winter coat, but in my area if you love your horse, you blanket them. Only owner’s who didn’t care about their horses left them naked all winter.
I think we can all agree that I love my horse. It sounds stupid, but I didn’t want people to think I didn’t love my pony so I didn’t even think about what would be best for him and so I just blanketed him.
Last year I noticed that my Gen would get warm under his blankets. Sometimes he was even HOT under those blankets. As we all know, Gen tends to be a hot horse in general which is why summer is so hard on him. The more I thought about it the more I started to realize that there was no need to blanket him. He is retired so it is not like he is getting clipped any time soon. Plus, I have all the blankets so if he does get chilly they are right at the barn ready to go on him.
He is such a furry fuzz ball already that I think he will be okay. The tricky thing with going blanket free this year is that I have commit to it. Horses hair protects them very well, but if you put a blanket on it moves the hair in a way that it does not give as much protection. That mean that even on the coldest days he can’t get something on him. That is going to be hard for me. I know that leaving him naked is for the best though. I just hope I can be strong enough to do it! I just need to remember that what Gen needs and what I think Gen needs are not always the same thing!