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    02-10-2010, 09:11 PM
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Pro
Weanling
How many of you blanket your horses in the Summer?

The reason I want to know is, my friend blankets her horse during the summer and her coat turns into a beautiful liver chestnut. I really don't like the idea of having blankets on my horses in the HOT summer months. I know someone who leaves them on every day all summer (without taking them off), so they sweat and look pretty in the winter for shows. To me this seems like it's abuse(?)....So my question is how many of you blanket your horses in the summer to get your horses coats nice (without the sun ruining them), and to get your horses to sweat? Also is there anything to give my horses to make there coats look like they would be if they were blanketed all summer?
     
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    02-10-2010, 09:14 PM
  #2
Super Moderator
I use a fly sheet. It keeps him from fading and he stays cool and is protected from the flies...
     
    02-10-2010, 09:26 PM
  #3
Foal
I rug all year round. I am one of the unlucky owners who has a horse that suffers from the itch. So if its no rug its no hair. All the rug manufactures these days have a good mix of materials for rugs. They have rugs for hot Summers 40 degrees down to the cool winters. It only becomes cruel &/or abuse if you use the wrong rug for the wrong time of year.

My horse could not live a happy life (scratches himself to death) if it wasn't for my massive collection of different types of rugs. Not only does my summer rug combo collection keep my horse cool and insect free but also stops bleaching from the sun.
     
    02-10-2010, 09:28 PM
  #4
Weanling
I blanket all year round, Aussie summers are very hot so I just use light cotton sheets. I'll post a pic of Misty in hers below, she dosn't sweat in it.
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    02-10-2010, 09:31 PM
  #5
Green Broke
It's called good food. Which basically equals grass. I laugh every single time someone approaches me and asks me what supplements I feed. I'd be rich if I were charging for my answers. I have never blanketed.







I have never had anything but sleek and radiate coats as long as my horses were eating grass. The only time I've noticed dullness is when they're forced to a hay/grain diet in summer.
     
    02-10-2010, 09:36 PM
  #6
Pro
Weanling
Thanks for all the responses.

The blankets I'm talking about are heavy and when you walk up to the horses there wet and there breathing quite heavy and there veins are out.

During the late Spring/Summer/ early fall, my horses are on grass only. The only other thing the get is their salt and mineral blocks and Pro gets Seabuck. It doesn't work for my horses.
     
    02-10-2010, 09:37 PM
  #7
Trained
Firstly - No-one who shows seriously will TRY to get their horse to sweat. Sweat actually dulls the coat and quickens the fading of colour.

Secondly - On very hot days, a white, light, cotton rug can actually provide relief from the sun for darker coloured horses.

Personally, I don't rug throughout summer except for a few days leading up to each show. I am like Miko - My horses are all shiny just on grass. I only rug to keep them clean before the show and to help the hair lie flat - Also my brown horse fades a little in the sun. If I am not showing, they don't get rugged.

My favourite thing about not rugging? Watchign the pleasure they get out of rolling :]
     
    02-10-2010, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Pro    
The reason I want to know is, my friend blankets her horse during the summer and her coat turns into a beautiful liver chestnut. I really don't like the idea of having blankets on my horses in the HOT summer months. I know someone who leaves them on every day all summer (without taking them off), so they sweat and look pretty in the winter for shows. To me this seems like it's abuse(?)....So my question is how many of you blanket your horses in the summer to get your horses coats nice (without the sun ruining them), and to get your horses to sweat? Also is there anything to give my horses to make there coats look like they would be if they were blanketed all summer?
Are you sure it's a blanket and not just a fly sheet? Because that makes no sense at all... The salt in their sweat will make them fade almost as much as the sun!

When you're trying to keep a horse from fading, the MOST important things you can do are a) protect them from the sun, b) make sure they're getting enough minerals, and c) hose off their sweat!

I ALWAYS hose the sweat off of my black mare after I ride her, and she still has little patches behind her ears that are lighter than the rest of her body (because she pins her ears when I spray her face and keeps me from being able to get ALL the sweat off).

Use a fly sheet with UV protection to keep your horses from fading. That's what I do with my mare. I agree with you - keeping horses blanketed in the hot summer months is bordering on abuse.

What color are your horses? Cheval makes a few different supplements for different colors (I think they have black, brown, yellow, and white) and they work well, but are also very expensive. Most horses will get nice coats just by being on an all-around supplement. Just make sure it has copper in it.


I just bought this fly sheet and matching neck cover for my mare after it was recommended to me: Schneider Saddlery
     
    02-10-2010, 09:49 PM
  #9
Pro
Weanling
I'm 100% sure its a blanket. I believe this is the one my friend with the chestnut has, she bought it from SStack anyway. Schneider Saddlery

Yes the girls who blankets her horses in the summer specifically said it was to get them to sweat.

My horses colors: My appy, palominos, bays, and a chestnut.
     
    02-10-2010, 10:05 PM
  #10
Weanling
Oh geez, theres no reason to blanket your horse in the summer, unless its a skin condition, its HOT in summer, last time I checked heat=no additional warming techniques, makes no sense. If you feed your horse well they will shine regardless. If you groom them enough they will be clean and shiny. If you ride them they will be muscled. If you fly spray them, no flys. To me I would never blanket my horse in the summer, makes no sense and to me seems cruel. I know I wouldnt want to stand outside in 100 degree weather wrapped in a comforter just so I could sweat or look pretty, would you?
     

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