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post #1 of 19 Old 02-20-2012, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Question Lamps and portable electricity

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I've got a fancy APHA mare that was under lights until I bought her last June. I had her at another stable with timed lights, and in December I moved her to a boarding facility where she has no lights at all. Her coat has grown mighty hairy!! I am not showing her this year until May so I'm not going to fuss about her winter coat now, but I'd like to think ahead and prepare for next winter.

For any of you show people, what sort of heating lights or lamps do you use to keep your horse's coat nice and short? Is it just a regular light to trick her mind into thinking it's daytime, or is it actually a lamp that gives off heat? Do you keep them on 24/7, only during night time, or some other schedule?

My mare is in a "loveshack" shed/paddock situation outside of the main barn. There is no electricity out there, and also my barn manager is fussy about her electricity bills. Even though I've offered to pay extra to use a heat lamp she has said no. Is there some sort of portable battery I can plug a lamp into?

Any other tips and advice on lamps, portable electricity and keeping a horse warm and happy are also welcomed.
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post #2 of 19 Old 02-20-2012, 11:21 PM
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Well, I heard (on this forum by the way, such an informative place) that you need 200 watt bulbs to affect shedding & hair grow. So you are going to need a gas powered generator to power that if the BO won't let you plug in.
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I personally would not use any lights or heating lamps but your the owner so its up to you.

Blanketing the horse will do the trick as well......although not always a good idea.
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Well, I heard (on this forum by the way, such an informative place) that you need 200 watt bulbs to affect shedding & hair grow. So you are going to need a gas powered generator to power that if the BO won't let you plug in.
Yeah, hmm. I guess I'll just nag her all year until she lets me plug one in!

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I personally would not use any lights or heating lamps but your the owner so its up to you.

Blanketing the horse will do the trick as well......although not always a good idea.
I already have her in a heavyweight winter blanket and she is still way too hairy. Since she's already grown her winter coat for this year I'm just going to leave her be and take measures next fall/winter to prevent the cookie monster coat. I do a lot of wp/hus showing and also reining, I like my horse's coats to be short and sleek.

Why are you against lights and blanketing? Where I live, not everyone uses lights but you'd be crazy not to blanket. It gets in the negatives for a week or so and it's consistently below 30 degrees F. With our weather, I'd appreciate a heat lamp and I'm not sure why my horse wouldn't. Her coat aside, I'd figure it'd help keep her warmer and happier.
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My horses aren't blanketed & it gets -40 here and don't bother with the barn, they prefer a thick stand of timber for shelter. You & your purse dogs, lol. Kidding, I would really like it if they didn't grow thick coats so I wouldn't have to brush like a mad woman before the first show of May. But it's a small price to pay so they can be natural horses during the down months.
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Why are you against lights and blanketing
I am not against them, per say, I just feel many people use these tools incorrectly.

I also feel messing with a horses natural defenses to cold weather can play with their health and often does more harm then good.

If done properly and in moderation, I see nothing wrong with it, but very rarely do I see this being done properly and in moderation.

In doing things like this for your horse you must think of their future.

I have seen horses that have had these things done to them their whole life and once they were no longer having these things done for them their bodies were unable to respond naturally.
This is why I am not a fan of these "tricks".

In my opinion I would rather have a fluffy horse.
Last I knew the judges don't judge on the length of your horses coat.
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My horses aren't blanketed & it gets -40 here and don't bother with the barn, they prefer a thick stand of timber for shelter. You & your purse dogs, lol. Kidding, I would really like it if they didn't grow thick coats so I wouldn't have to brush like a mad woman before the first show of May. But it's a small price to pay so they can be natural horses during the down months.
LOL The purse dogs comment is so true though! I'm pretty sure at least half of my tack box is spray bottles and grooming supplies. And the sad thing is I know a lot of people who are worse than I am about it... This year I did leave my 17 yo gelding out to pasture without a blanket and he grew so hairy! He is fat and happy this year. Good thing I like to groom because he takes forever and a day to get clean, LOL. Nala (my paint mare) is just in a heavyweight blanket right now. I'm just feeling picky about her coat since she's my training project and I'm about to start her show career so I want her to look her best!
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If your worried about her being a fluff ball, you could always clip her..
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I would allow her to be fluffy until you actually start showing her, then clip her if you must.
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Blanketing the horse will do the trick as well......although not always a good idea.
wow copy cat much.
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