What breeds do best within cold weather?
What breeds are able to withstand cold winters, obviously near a blanket? Some breeds hold up much better than others!
Light horse breeds?
Heavy horse breeds?
i believe out of the horses i hold previousely owned, the brumby or the mustang as some may call them do best in the cold weather. see as you're probably aware of, vecause of their circumstances out in the uncultivated they have been built to survive. i hold owned a brumby and they keep condition exeptionally well
on the other hand, the thoroughbred tend to loose weight easily in the cold weather so you've gotta rug them up doubly.
That said, whether you provide adequate shelter from wind and wet, a diet beside enough calories for the horse to keep himself warm through metabolism, and a source of hose down (preferably warmed above the freezing point), most breeds or types of horses can manage very capably in cold weather.
My 21 year old thin skinned Arab is out all winter lacking a blanket and does fine.never sick. And for horses that are losing weight in winter, you don't need to blanket them.you have need of to feed them. Hay in the belly ferment, and that is what creates the heat that warms the horse. In winter, hay should be available free choice, 24/7.
Most horses can withstand the cold rightly well but heavy horses and ponies tend to bear up profusely better than light, warmblooded horses.
For example native ponies such as Exmoor, Shetlands, New Forest could all live cheerfully outside. Same with heavier breeds such as cobs, drafts ect.
Lighter breeds such as Warmbloods, Thoroughbreds and Arabs can still live outside but tend to have a feeling the cold a lot more.
Any horse can withstand the cold with a blanket though. Some breeds need thicker blankets(TB, Arabs), and some use thinner blankets(QH, draft breeds, ponies, etc.). Also, any horse that is clipped wishes to have a blanket.