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        11-15-2008, 06:40 AM
      #11
    Trained
    My horses are rugged in one way or another all year round. During winter they have their rugs on 24/7. Having said that I take their rugs off while im there to brush them and check on everything. You also have to use your judgement and if you know its going to be a warm night/day the next day put something lighter on.

    In summer my guys have fly sheets on all day and then light waterproof rugs at night. You can almost set the clock to the rain during summer and it rains most evenings therefore the waterproof ones at night. If I know there is going to be no rain though I will leave their fly sheets on at night to help protect them from the plethera of australian bugs lol

    It is definitely possible to leave your horse rugged in one way or another all year you just have to think hard about the weather and exactly what to put on them the night before
         
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        11-18-2008, 11:10 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    I always make sure to get a blanket that is at least 1,000 deiner witch I think is the thread count but is's alot stonger and wont tear like the 400 deiner I would get a light weight turnout blanket that had around 100 grams poly fill that way it has some warmth and he wont get super fuzzy but they can stay on up to like 60 degrees.
         
        11-18-2008, 01:55 PM
      #13
    Trained
    I've been toying with the idea of blanketing my 3. So far they are naked and are growing in a nice winter coat, but over the last couple days it has been very cold and windy. (They come in when the sun goes down, but are out during the day. There is no shelter for them to go into)
    They are out in a pasture with another horse (totaling of 4 in the pasture). Montana is top horse, then Morgan (not mine) then Vega and Gem. And they will occasionally nip at each other.

    Should I get a blanket for them? Is it too late to start blanketing them?
    Would I be better off getting an expensive blanket for each or getting cheaper ones so if they get ripped, I really won't care?
         
        11-18-2008, 04:53 PM
      #14
    Trained
    It isnt too late to start blanketing them. Just keep an eye on how warm they get especially if they already have fuzzies :)

    That's a reason why I like my guys rugged all the time. Saves so many marks from nips and stuff they get in the paddock. Rich did the horses the other day while I was working and left them all naked for the night. The next day gypsy had a small but deep cut on her chest and barbed wire cuts all up her neck :( her first night with us where she didnt have rugs on and she got all cut up. Another reason I like them. Even the barbed wire often gets the rug before the horse :)
         
        11-18-2008, 05:04 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Thanks Emily!

    I'll start looking into some blankets.

    I definitely want to get waterproof ones, but what should the thickness be? Should it be like a mid-weight blanket since they already have fuzzies on?

    I'll also see if my BO would take the blankets off when they come in at night, or is that not good?
         
        11-19-2008, 01:31 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Just wanted to add that when you put a blanket on a horse, it lays all the hair flat. The warmth in the horses hair is kept by the hair being fluffed up because the hair being fluffed creates air pockets that hold in warm air. If you are going to keep them blanketed all the time, be sure to have one that is plently warm enough because otherwise the blanket is pointless...

    Now as far as the blankets go, I would get a heavier blanket at least 1200 denier with ripstop. Weatherbeeta has these and they are great. This way if they do get a snag, it will not rip the entire blanket and they can be repaired, I usually have about 50 dollars worth of repairs between 6 blankets at the end of the season.

    If the barn in not drafty and damp then taking the blankets off should be fine if the BO will do it, unless it is super cold, like going to singles or negative digits, then I would leave them on.
         
        11-19-2008, 02:14 AM
      #17
    Foal
    If you go with just a mid weight then you might want to think about getting a liner, there are fleece or cotton or nylon ones out there,to go on underneath your blanket. This will help for the really cold days and if you need to keep them in something while they are in the stall at night.
         
        11-19-2008, 04:35 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Thanks so much!

    I'm still undecided about blanketing them. They are all getting very fuzzy and none of them seem to be cold (all very warm to the touch and not shivering) It's been getting into the low 20s at night and low 30s during the day.

    If one of them does happen to get cold or something, then i'll get them something, but for right now, I think leaving them naked is the best choice.
         
        11-19-2008, 07:41 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by appylover31803    
    Thanks Emily!

    I'll start looking into some blankets.

    I definitely want to get waterproof ones, but what should the thickness be? Should it be like a mid-weight blanket since they already have fuzzies on?

    I'll also see if my BO would take the blankets off when they come in at night, or is that not good?
    if you do decide to rug them definitely get them something no less than 1200D. Our guys have 600D's and our winters only get as cold as about 6C at night and the days are still no more than 18C. Gotta love tropical winters

    If they are blanketed during the day I would make sure they are blanketed at night too. If its warmer in their stalls then you could get them something light like a 600D or even a polar fleece combo for night times.
         

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