Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Depends on the pony, the ponies work load, whether I am going to show it over winter, how I plan on keeping the pony (i.e. In or out) and any medical problems.
This is my lot:
Harvey: is heavily rugged most of the year, he is 30, difficult to keep weight on and can't be stabled as he panics.
Pride: is naked in summer doesnt matter what the weather is doing. If it is horrific I may bring him in, dry him off and stick a lightweight on him but normaly I don't bother and he is happier without.
In winter he has a heavyweight turnout rug on. He is a 28year old british riding pony, fat, sassy and lives out 99% of the time. I do not show him in winter.
RIAN: is a 19 yearold arab, is naked and turned out 24/7 in summer, and rugged heavily in winter as he has artheritis in his spine and pelvis which is made worse if he gets cold. He lives in at night in winter.
Reeco: he is naked in summer but has been rugged up since early september. This is because he is likely to be shown this winter. He will also go for breaking in Jan/Feb and It is not a wise Idea to have to clip him and then send him and would cost me more money. If I were not showing or having him broken he would be out 24/7 without rugs. Currently he is out 24/7 in summer and in at night only in winter. He is 3 years old
Stan was 20 years old. He was shown extensively over summer and because he suffered from sweet itch he was rugged with a boett in summer. In winter he was turned away and not ridden. He was left naked in winter to encourage his hair to grow back where he had rubbed it off. He was always turned out 24/7. He was however a purebred connemara who grew an enormous coat.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT