My horse loses his mane every winter.
by Margaret Freeman
Every winter my horse loses half his mane due to neck covers that rub it off. I've checked out anti-rub covers for underneath, but all of them have a face cover that would get wet in all the rain we have here or it's just a shoulder cover that doesn't cover the mane. Any suggestions?
Associate Editor Margaret Freeman replies: First we need to ask why you're using a neck cover at all. Even if a horse is clipped, you don't need to cover the neck the way you do the muscled areas of the body in order to keep him comfortable, as long as he has adequate protection from wind and rain.
You told us that you live north of Seattle, where winters are wet but not that cold, with average lows in the 30s. While your clipped horse lives outside with a run-in shed, he should be fine with a good turnout blanket and inner layer (see temperature chart Blanketing Guide). The exception might be if you want that neck cover for grooming reasons, but it's overkill in mild winter climates.