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  • Are horses ok unrugged
  • Is it ok to leave your horse unrugged

 
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    11-01-2010, 06:07 PM
  #21
Yearling
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Originally Posted by shakenbake    
Well where I am now the summers are hot (40 degs C) and winter is generally coldish (down to minus 5 deg C)..
That confused me at first lol. I think you'd be fine without blanketing as long as you have some form of shelter. For the past two years my horse has gone without a blanket because I wasn't riding him that hard. The only time I would blanket him is if it rained or got below -40 Celsius. This year, on the other hand, I'm blanketing because it will be more convenient for me.
     
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    11-01-2010, 06:35 PM
  #22
Trained
So I was asking about rugging to help her gain weight. He laughed, and said that in Australia we tend to really over rug our horses.

(can't quote on my phone)

That is a horrible thing for a vet to laugh at - especially an emaciated TB.

I left my 5yo healthy fad Arab mare unrugged this winter in Canberra and she lost a LOT of weight (coincidentally this was a good thing as she was obese, lol) but it certainly does get cold enough for horses to loose significant amounts of weight.

Winter just gone I rugged my riding/show horse 24/7 and left Latte naked as I wasn't riding her much. Their paddock has no shelter or trees and the only way to get out of the wind is to huddle together in the creek gully.

Next year I will choose wether or not to rug Katte depending on how fat she is. If she needs to lose again, I'll leave her naked. If not, I'll rug.

In summer I leave mine naked except for the night before a show.
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    11-02-2010, 12:05 AM
  #23
Trained
My mare that I have now has been the only horse ever, of mine, that has been blanketed in the winter; that was last year, when I body clipped her because she would get so sweaty and overheated when I worked her...she was miserable, and would get crabby, so I clipped and kept her rugged. During the day I would strip the heavy blanket, and give her a turn out sheet; at night, I switched back. She never seemed to get cold or too hot during the day with just the sheet.

That said, I am hoping to keep her nude for the most part, this winter...she does have a light waterproof sheet for days that are just too chilly, windy, or rainy, though; so I guess I've gone 'soft' a bit. However, unless I wind up body clipping, she won't get a heavy blanket at all...just the sheet when needed.

I grew up and MN, and we never blanketed our horses, and it gets COLD (like -40 F) for days on end...the horses never seemed bothered at all. As long as they have plenty of food to keep the 'furnace' stoked, a healthy horse should have no problems with the cold.
     
    11-02-2010, 12:39 AM
  #24
Weanling
My first horse as a teen didn't wear a blanket at all and I lived in a very COLD area during the winter, never had a problem. I moved to WA which is a mild but damp area and pretty much had a light blanket on my horse all winter, not for the cold so much as the damp. Now I'm in KY with hot, humid summers and bitter, dry winters. I've gotten so use to blanketing that I have a hard time not but since I have 6 horses and plan on more... well that's a lot of money to spend. So right now I have blankets for most if needed but only one one girl is wearing one. She's a pregnant TB who dropped weight suddenly when all the grass dried up. She's looking better now but I don't want her burning all her calories keeping warm. My other girls have all developed nice fuzzy winter coats. I just bring them inside during the really bad (stormy and cold) weather.

PS. I always try to remember that things like stalls, blankets, supplements are people's inventions... horses are a lot tougher than we tend to give them credit for.
     
    11-02-2010, 04:07 AM
  #25
Foal
Well I did it... I took off the rugs (they have been nude lately during the day but at night one has been in a thin doona and the other just a polyester rain sheet - as he runs hot anyway)... But I took them off (picked the warmer nights to do it)... And they seem fine. Even didn't run out yesterday in the rain and put rainsheets on them, just left them to be ala natural.. And they dried quickly as soon as the rain cleared up and appeared to be warm throughout the night anyway...

Wow my AM routine is much quicker now, but PM they still get a huge brush as the rain has picked up some of the dirt in their coats - they need a bath! Just need to wait for a morning I am home to do it... Probably this Friday.

It's very strange for me... To see them nude.. They have a nice collection of rugs which I am washing and putting away this weekend, cottons, fly mesh, rain sheets, canvas's, doona and polarfleeces... Think I was rug mad for a while!!

But glad to hear other horses cope fine (PS both were unrugged before I bought them, so it's no new thing for them...) I'm just a paranoid owner that thinks if it's time to put a jumper on it must mean the horses are cold... Working on changing that though!
     
    11-02-2010, 04:34 AM
  #26
Weanling
I don't need to rug horses where I live, it is really hot!
     
    11-02-2010, 10:35 AM
  #27
Weanling
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Originally Posted by shakenbake    
I'm just a paranoid owner that thinks if it's time to put a jumper on it must mean the horses are cold... Working on changing that though!
It's not paronia... it's love!! You care about your horses and want the best for them. It's just remembering they are horses and not humans that can be the hard part. Don't worry, you little guys won't melt!! But yes, they will be a whole lot dirtier and probably happier. I know there is nothing more my guys love after a bath than a good roll in the dustiest part of the pasture they can find.
     

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