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post #31 of 35 Old 12-31-2012, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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You should meet her Bluebird then you will see why we had to get sweetest loving girl ever.
The only ones with rugs on right now is Molly and Prince, Dinky would be rugged but she ripped her rug. Nobody else needs so they don't get it.

I know they are Shetland but sometimes they need it, Ricky was born on mainland Britain so isn't that hardy and Dinky is wintering badly as she was only weaned this spring when she was over a year old.

Our weather is the kind that you have to rug most big horses, hurricane worth winds are common place most of the winter, Autumn and early spring, horizontal rain ect ect, it is impossible to know how bad it really is with out living up here.
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post #32 of 35 Old 12-31-2012, 03:15 PM
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rbarlo32 that sounds like my weather except I'm in NS Canada, unpretitable but usually wet and windy. When we hear about a hurricane usually it is equal to a normal rain storm, but I live pretty much on the Atlantic, just walk 400 feet down hill.

Does anyone know a blanketing chart in meteric? I don't understand the imperial system at all, outside of inches and feet. Or someone that can
translate one?

Excuse bad spelling I'm having a bad day as far as spelling.
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post #33 of 35 Old 12-31-2012, 03:18 PM
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Don't feel guilty about rugging your Shetlands. They may be a hardy breed but the weather in Shetland is not your usual run of the mill. Its the wind mixed with rain that does the damage and believe me, if I ever brought my hairy Clydesdales to Shetland, I would have them rugged 24/7! I don't think they would survive...LOL. I still loe your ponies and they look even more cheeky with the rugs on.
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post #34 of 35 Old 12-31-2012, 03:21 PM
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Our weather is the kind that you have to rug most big horses, hurricane worth winds are common place most of the winter, Autumn and early spring, horizontal rain ect ect, it is impossible to know how bad it really is with out living up here.
Always amazing to me how someone on the internet, talking to someone they've never met in a place they've never been, can be so adamant about how you should be taking care of your horses.

Since the Sheltand Islands are a very short distance south of the Arctic Circle and notorious for nasty weather, and since they're small and isolated, I imagine you have a real tough time getting things like halters, blankets and other specialty equipment.

I have a hard enough time dealing with my own horses in our crazy weather, I'm certainly not going to presume to tell you when to blanket or not to blanket your own horses.

Dinky is just way too cute! I can certainly see why you got her.

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post #35 of 35 Old 12-31-2012, 06:10 PM
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[QUOTE=Captain Evil;1822010]Last but not least Dinky.




Dinky looks like Ahab after a particularly nasty shrinking accident with a washer/dryer.

Ahab has access to shelter or paddock 24/7 so he rarely wears a blanket. If it is freezing rain I like to throw a New Zealand rug on him to keep the sleet off, but I take it off as soon as possible. I don't think he has aver worn one 24 hours straight, and it has been at least two years since he has worn one at all. Dry winters...
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