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    12-21-2012, 11:32 PM
Ugh...nevermind that thing I posted. It's supposedly a hoax study. Guess people have too much time on their hands and need to make up bogus studies about horse blanketing?
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    12-24-2012, 05:07 AM
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
Most of the pictures show ill fitting blankets, even some ill fitting halters and unsafe fencing. But you are concerned about keeping them warm with such hairy coats? Doesn't make sense when the could get caught up in a fence, halter or long blanket.
Only Molly and Princes rugs are too long on the back but the straps all fit and they don't slip, the straps are not loose enough to get legs caught. As for Dinky I'd like you to find a better fitting rug for an underweight miniature Shetland yearling, btw you can't or you have to send so much you would have no money left for anything else and considering the other ponies have already ripped it then it doesn't matter. As for head collars Ricky is impossible to find a head collar for as he has a think neck/throat latch so to get one that fits the throat latch it will no fit the nose. As for Dinky's again her head it small and we haven't had the chance to order her one of the internet as for that last couple of months the internet hasn't been working right. Now regarding the fence the one unsafe fence is being referenced. As for the rest of it they share a fence line with cows and sheep so it is the only fence we can have plus that is basically the only fence any one uses in shetland as for barbed wire we would love to take it down but the neighbours would put back up. So before you comment on my improper looking after of my animals how about you come to shetland and see them next time before you comment.

And thank you Draftguy I am feeling a little better and much better then this time last year and I appreciate you kind thoughts.
    12-29-2012, 09:50 AM
My horse grows a thick winter coat but I bought her a thin turn out sheet that won't weigh down her coat but will protect her from cold wind and rain during the winter.

My other horse doesn't grow much of a winter coat so his is either a medium or heavy-weight. I'm not sure which since my mom got it on ebay and I wasn't told the details haha

You just have to make sure the blanket isn't too heavy otherwise they can get too hot under the blanket, sweat, which can in turn cause a chill in the cold weather and make them sick.
    12-31-2012, 04:09 AM
Shetlands shouldn't need any rugs! If they have fat on them, full coat, full mane and tail they will be fine :)
    12-31-2012, 07:06 AM
My Shetland only get rugged when they need it, Mara wore her rug for a couple of weeks and not since, Ricky hasn't really been rugged this year, he was only rugged last year because he was ill and Dinky is not wintering well she has lost too much weight and will see a vet after new year has been.
    12-31-2012, 11:12 AM
Last but not least Dinky.


There outta be a law against being this cute!
    12-31-2012, 02:18 PM
I know captain evil, we really didn't need her or have the room for her but I fell in love with her when I was taming her for my neighbour so ended up buying her at auction. She is such a lovely girl as well. Really with I didn't have to sell her.
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    12-31-2012, 02:56 PM
I tried not blanketing Spice this year, it didn't work out. The paddock flooded and her run in is ruined with the deepest mud. So she has three trees for a wind break, we don't really get a winter as in cold and snow. We get winter as in 50 mm of rain every two days and the temperature at 2 degrees feels like minus 5 to minus 20 with the wind chill. Spice couldn't move in the mud and manage to shiver off close to 50 pounds before I blanketed her again. She has a meduim weight (200 grm), a liner (100 grm) and a no fill rain sheet. I can make a rain sheet, light, med, and heavy weight blanket.

If it was dry cold I would be more than happy to leave her without, but around here no one does, either they are blanketed or it a barn (shelter) until the weather is good again (no rain). Some are blanketed and in a barn. But it is a personal choice.
    12-31-2012, 03:26 PM
Warmth / Temperature Guides
Guide for Maintaining Current Coat Condition
Guide for Improving Current Coat Condition (promotes shedding)
Warmth of Blanket Short Coat / Clipped Medium / Full Coat Warmth of Blanket Short Coat / Clipped Medium / Full Coat
If you have any questions about this product or a type of fit, please contact us at 1-800-365-1311 or
Extra Heavyweight Subzero - 15 F --- Extra Heavyweight Subzero - 20 F Subzero - 15 F
Heavyweight 15 F - 30 F Subzero - 15 F Heavyweight 20 F - 40 F 15 F - 30 F
Midweight 30 F - 50 F 15 F - 30 F Midweight 40 F - 60 F 30 F - 40 F
Sheet 50 F + 30 F + Sheet 60 F + 45 F +

I don't know if this chart will show correctly, but it's from the Horse Supplies, Horse Tack, Horse Sheets, Fly Sheets and much more from Schneider Saddlery site and is pretty much the guide I use when blanketing.

I try not to blanket unless it's very cold or wet & cold out. Today we're having freezing rain, cold wind and temps right around freezing. They're all blanketed and in the barn until the rain/sleet/snow quits. Then they'll get tossed out. Next week, we're supposed to be back in the high 50's again, almost 60's, so the blankets will come off during the day and back on at night. They all have lightweight turnouts, mid & heavy weight because the weather is so unpredictable here in the winter. 60 one day, -10 then next night, 30 in day, -5 in the night (Farenheit not Celsius), 40 day, 20 night....I'm constantly changing blankets when they need them.

Another consideration here is, we're in an Exceptional Drought and have been for going on 3 years, if I blanket them at night when the temps drop, they eat less hay which saves me money.
    12-31-2012, 03:28 PM
Originally Posted by rbarlo32    
I know captain evil, we really didn't need her or have the room for her but I fell in love with her when I was taming her for my neighbour so ended up buying her at auction. She is such a lovely girl as well. Really with I didn't have to sell her.
You are far too soft...need to be a bit me...who is also a sucker for anythingwhich looks cute, furry no matter what the size. Apart from my two Clydesdales...I have 4 rare breed chickens, 3 irish Wolfhounds, 2 Afghan Hounds, 1 rescued Chiuahua (I hate Chiuhauhas), 1 rescue Pomeranian, 16 cats and no problem with rats or mice!

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