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Horse & Rider Gear is an online glossary of terms and definitions commonly encountered by horse lovers. Click on the links below to choose from our alphabetical list of terms.

Overheating

While many horses are blanketed both indoors and out during the winter (or during cold, windy, or rainy weather), it is important to judge their needs.

A heavy, warm blanket may be necessary for cold nights in a stable but could easily be too hot for a sunny, still day in the pasture, even if the temperature is low.

An active horse can work up a sweat in a too heavy blanket and then become chilled, which saps his energy and could lead to respiratory problems.

See also Blankets and blanketing