Due to circumstances beyond my control, my small pony mare is moving next month and switching from indoor to outdoor board. Now, this is a first for me as a horse-owner because my previous charge was an OTTB who was hard to keep weight on so outdoor board was always out of the question!
I’m hoping for some feedback (or at least the opportunity to “talk it out” here on the forums) regarding what blanket(s) would be the wiser investment. She’s always been hard to fit because she borders on very large mini - very small pony, so when I found clothing that fit, I stuck with that style - since discontinued, naturally - but I know it won’t be enough to get her through a Canadian winter next year. Currently, we have:
A 0g sheet that fits nicely
A 0g sheet that’s useful as a spare
A mid-weight winter blanket that’s a bit short in the bum but but could make a good “extra” to be worn underneath something else
I’m thinking I’d prefer something with a neck attachment just for that added protection, mostly from those frigid rainfalls in the spring and fall, but am struggling with whether or not to get A) a 0g sheet/neck combo that can be used year-round either by itself in the warmer weather or overtop the too-short mid-weight blanket, or B) a 50g sheet/neck combo that could be layered but could provide some degree of insulation by itself too, or C) a full mid-weight sheet/neck combo which would only be useable in the winter.
… or D) some combination thereof!
I have to say, I don’t love the idea of layering through the whole winter. To do so during cold snaps is one thing but I feel like cumbersome blanket overtop cumbersome blanket all winter long isn’t going to be the most comfortable solution.
She gets quite fluffy so my concern isn’t so much about her being too cold, it’s more so the wind and wet. I’m looking for what’s going to be most versatile (and won’t require me out at the barn every day swapping-out blankets non-stop)!
Well I’ve talked myself around in a whole circle at this point, so am ready to hear others thoughts