How much did you learn about the horse blanket in the last blog I posted? Do you know what kind of turnout (a blanket used on a horse when put out to pasture) to use during each kind of weather? Let’s find out in today’s true T/F quiz:
- Mid-weight turnouts typically have 10.5822 to 15.5205 ounces of fill.
- Lightweight turnouts are usually used in 40 and 50 degree weather.
- Heavy- weight turnouts usually are used in 20 and 40 degree weather.
- Many people rely on lightweight turnouts with 100 grams of fill for months when the weather is just starting to cool or warm up in spring.
- Many horses do well in mid-weight turnouts.
- Mid-weight turnouts may be critical for use on a fully-clipped horse.
- If you are only purchasing one turnout, you should choose a lightweight turnout.
- A horse is subjected to cold weather without either a blanket or a natural hair coat to keep it warm, it may become ill, and vulnerable to sicknesses such as influenza.
- Summer weight hoods and neck covers help keep away insects and are also frequently used to keep a horse clean before a horse show.
- Horse blankets are generally made of cotton.
Let me know if you get at least 8 of these questions correct. If so, you are a horse blanket expert! Here are the answers:
- F Heavy-weight turnouts typically have 10.5822 to 15.5205 ounces of fill.
- F Mid-weight turnouts are usually used in 20 to 40 degree weather.
- F Heavy-weight turnouts may be critical for use on a fully-clipped horse.
- F If you are only purchasing one turnout, you should choose a mid-weight turnout.
- F Horse blankets are generally made of nylon.
For more information about horse blankets, check out these sites:
Moyer, Elizabeth. “Blanketing Guide.” Horse Illustrated Nov. 2012: 30. Print.
(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites and magazine article)
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Summer Camp Adventure
For the summer, Skye and her friend Chad work as teen counselors at special needs Camp Penn’s Woods. Jonathan Martin, one of the campers who is deaf, causes havoc during his riding lessons because he insists on riding English style when Skye tries to teach him western. Skye, who knows American Sign Language, tries to communicate with him, but he is stubborn and refuses her help and friendship. When Jonathan and his assigned mount Buddy, a black gelding, disappear into the hills, Skye and Chad have to lead the rescue to find him.