How do you know if your horse is growing “enough” of a coat to keep warm on their own?
How long does a horse’s winter coat take to grow in fully (how late in the fall until they have their full winter coat)?
I have a healthy 7 year old holsteiner mare who is living as a companion horse this year. The past few years, while in work, she has been trace clipped and blanketed. This year we haven’t blanketed her yet, but I’m worried that she won’t grow enough of a winter coat to go without blankets this winter, since she is used to being blanketed in previous years (and, I am not sure how to tell if she is growing “enough” coat to go without blankets!). Right now she does have some winter fuzz coming in, but so far it looks like she has less than her buddy.
We’re in the northeast, & she is stalled at night and then out 6am-6pm whatever the weather, but has access to her stall at all times.
I searched and found lots of information about blanketing/not blanketing, but nothing specifically about assessing the quality of a winter coat. Thanks in advance for help!