I am sitting here in my office. The sun is filtering in through the windows. Everything is warm and cozy inside. Outside is a different story. It was 25 degrees when I got up this morning. That is unusual weather for the Pacific Northwest. Oh, we get cold weather but we don't usually get it for more than a few days in a row and then it's back to the 50's for daytime highs and lows in the 40's to upper 30's at night.
I understand that for many people this is just your every day winter weather. It's far worse in many parts of the country and around the world. At least this has been a dry cold spell. Still, it's not that normal for us and I find myself wondering if I'm doing right by my 22-year-old gelding. I have him stabled about 30 minutes from home. The elevation is a little higher and the temperature is a few degrees colder than it is here at home. I have a light blanket on him (no fill) with a neck cover. It's just to keep him dry and to break the wind. He has a very fuzzy winter coat of his own, and I've always felt that was enough for our normal temperatures. Now, with these temperatures, I am second guessing myself. Should I be putting on a heavier blanket? It's still getting to the upper 30's and lower 40's during the day...
He is outdoors during the day and indoors at night. He seemed fine the last time he was checked. He was warm and dry under the blanket. His weight is still good. I'm concerned that if I put on a heavier blanket he will just sweat under it. I've had that happen before. I've heard other people say they've beefed up the light turnout sheet in this cold weather.
What do you all think?