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post #1 of 5 Old 12-09-2008, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Snow Rugs ???

I have noticed in alot of photos on here that horses in the snow dont have rugs on, is there a reason why you dont rug in the snow or is this just a preference? I rug my horse all year round but it doens't snow here so i thought maybe there was a problem with doing so.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-09-2008, 07:38 PM
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1 of my horses is rugged and 2 are naked.

The naked guys have a nice thick, long coat and i see no need to blanket them.
That's the way nature intended horses to live in the winter anyways. To grow a long, thick coat and be able to survive.

my one gelding that is blanketed is because he barely has a winter coat (compared to my other 3).

I don't show and if my one gelding didn't need a blanket, they would all be naked.

They are only out during the day and in at night. I also don't show either.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-09-2008, 07:48 PM
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When the horses have nice thick winter coats, they often do not need blankets. There are plenty of good reasons for blanketing though. As already stated, if the horse doesn't grow a good coat, that is definitely a reason to blanket. A cold horse burns a lot of calories just trying to stay warm.

If the horse's coat gets soaked through with water or mud, their natural insulation can no longer work. We get a lot of rain here and everything turns to mud. During the winter, we are making daily decisions as to whether or not to blanket.

Typically for snow, we don't blanket. The horses LOVE to roll and play in the snow and it doesn't usually soak them to the skin. The older guys always get blanketed first if there is any question whether they may need the extra warmth.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-10-2008, 08:00 AM
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I dont blanket unless they are appearing to be having a hard time keeping weight on. This year she isnt overweight but on the heavier side and has a really thick coat... so im not messing with blankets.

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-10-2008, 09:39 PM
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My horse has a nice thick winter coat so she doesn't need a blanket. But I do have a waterproof sheet on her to keep her dry and keep the wind out a bit. She also has some trees and bushes to provide a natural windbreak if she needs it. She appears perfectly comfortable.
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