Horse blankets have different uses. Some horses wear them because they don’t tolerate the cold weather, others may be covered to protect against sun bleaching even in the summer, while some other horses might have their coats clipped or are show horses.
The most common purpose for horse blankets is to protect horses during cold weather. Most blankets drape loosely over the horse’s back and have straps to secure the blanket about the horse’s girth and neck region. The blanket straps should not cause chaffing or hang loose. A horse’s blanket should be easy to remove, clean and durable. The heavier the blanket is, the more warmth it provides.
However, a blanket may be useful even during the summer. Horses are covered in a thick coat of fur that helps to protect them from the elements of nature. In the spring and early summer, this coat of fur can actually become a disadvantage for the horse, causing it to overheat and not regulate its body temperature. Therefore, some horse owners use special sheets in the summer that help to keep them cool.
Another reason why horses may wear blankets in the summer is because of their sensitive skin. Horses are prone to sunburn and other skin issues, so a blanket can help to protect their skin from harmful UV rays. Additionally, blankets can help to keep annoying bugs and insects away from the horse’s skin.