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    05-10-2010, 07:40 PM
  #21
Trained
Winter rugs are generally a lot hardier than cotton's though. I expect a lifespan of about 3 years from my cottons unless I want to go all out and purchase a super expensive one. But my cotton's are used all year round, as sheets in summer and as under rugs in winter so they certainly get used!
     
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    05-10-2010, 08:00 PM
  #22
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Winter rugs are generally a lot hardier than cotton's though. I expect a lifespan of about 3 years from my cottons unless I want to go all out and purchase a super expensive one. But my cotton's are used all year round, as sheets in summer and as under rugs in winter so they certainly get used!
Oh definitely. But would you continue to use them if they were torn to shreds? Same principal regardless of seasonal capabilities.
     
    05-10-2010, 08:13 PM
  #23
Foal
I get very frustrated too.
My horse is a TB off the track and he constantly sweats causing heaps of dust, plus he is large and loves to roll.
I spend a long time grooming him before a ride just to ensure he is looking and feeling clean..
But all I can do to make it any easier is chuck a summer cotton on him and it does make a huge difference.
So I'd chuck a light weight rug on to reduce dust...
     
    05-10-2010, 08:32 PM
  #24
Started
My other question: how clean does a horse have to be before you can saddle and ride him. I never pick hooves when I ride on the road because the hoof patties fall right out
     
    05-10-2010, 08:44 PM
  #25
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As far as the horse vacs, I have not personally used them (no asthma and don't show) but I hear they're excellent and sworn by for use in show horses.
I'd definitely read more about them in your situation.

Then as far as how clean a horse has to be, well, it depends. Some people will pull a horse out and saddle him right up, some spend hours. Personally I just make sure there's no bunched up hair or mud and brush over pretty quickly with a dandy brush if I don't feel like doing much.
     
    05-10-2010, 09:18 PM
  #26
Started
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Originally Posted by rocky pony    
As far as the horse vacs, I have not personally used them (no asthma and don't show) but I hear they're excellent and sworn by for use in show horses.
I'd definitely read more about them in your situation.

Then as far as how clean a horse has to be, well, it depends. Some people will pull a horse out and saddle him right up, some spend hours. Personally I just make sure there's no bunched up hair or mud and brush over pretty quickly with a dandy brush if I don't feel like doing much.
that is a relief, I usually spend hours!
     
    05-10-2010, 09:58 PM
  #27
Trained
As said above, just make sure that there's no clumps of mud and hair under the tack, then you're fine. Having some dust isn't going to kill him, and a bit of mud over his backside/neck isn't going to make him sore ;) Some people just feel the need to have a perfectly clean horse.... I must admit I am one of them, but rugging keeps him clean enough so I only give hi a quick once over with a brush before I hope on.

As for hooves, well I like to do them twice a day, but my paddock has a lot of clay in it and a lot of small stones so I like to have a look and make sure there's no rocks wedged under his shoe or next to the frog. Even if the bulk of the mud falls out on the road, if there is a stone wedged in there it's not going to fall out with the rest of the mud, so I'd definitely give them a quick once over before you ride.
     
    05-10-2010, 10:00 PM
  #28
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^Thanks!
     
    05-10-2010, 11:52 PM
  #29
Foal
Another thing that you can do to get rid of some dust in a quick way is to get a towel wet and wipe your horse down. I do this with baby wipes all the time in the summer
     
    05-11-2010, 09:56 AM
  #30
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Originally Posted by TheCowgirlRanda    
Another thing that you can do to get rid of some dust in a quick way is to get a towel wet and wipe your horse down. I do this with baby wipes all the time in the summer
Kinda like a sponge bath! Okay! Thanks!
     

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