Originally Posted by AQHSam
Are all of these considered "indoor horse" examples? I must be a terrible owner. Or niave. I don't blanket my pastured horse. I was told and have read that if you blanket a horse you prevent them from growing hair. Horses with enough hay to generate heat and are able to grow coat don't need man-made devices to stay warm. I mean, they managed all those years during the ice age, right? LOL j/k
But, are the suggestions for blankets because there is the ability to be indoors? I was just wondering why you wouldn't let natural evolutation deal with this, instead of blanket.
I would never have rugged up a horse back in Canada in the proper cold weather, yet over here the majority of horses are rugged from a very young age, which starts a "domino effect" that the horses will end up rugged throughout their lives. Bandit is an ex hunter, he would have been clipped and rugged from a young age, if I don't rug him now he loses alot of condition very quickly.
I know plenty of people who have numerous spare rugs incase a rug get wet or dirty, and plenty who change rugs when the horse comes in from the field. My lad wears the same one all winter long.