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        01-21-2009, 08:35 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    Lol much be just the beachy wind then. Although it has been windy the past few days, central Fla isn't uaully all that windy. I also have never shown but when I do, I'm probably just going to skip out on showing during the winter. Lol it sounds like waaayyy too much trouble. =P

    Btw..29* in Fla just shouldn't be possible.
         
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        01-21-2009, 09:05 PM
      #22
    Foal
    I am in south MS, my friend shows AQHA and doesn't keep her horses blanketed that heavy. Seems like overkill to me, but every horse is different. She also sets her lights on a timer, doesn't leave them on all night, just extends the light to an 18hour day as was posted earlier. As you said- to each their own, and all horses are different as well. My friend turns hers out naked on warm days like that. No winter coats.
         
        01-21-2009, 09:16 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    Wow! And I thought horses should just be horses....didn't know we had to play dress up to make them comfortable, happy, and beautiful....My horse is GORGEOUS and has won every show she has been in ....all WITHOUT rugging/blanketing....hhhmmm. To each his own, I suppose!
         
        01-21-2009, 09:47 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Wow... lol... I hate having 1 cover on my horses, I can't imagine putting any more on at one time. My 2 are oldies( 19+ ) that live out 24/7 so deffiently need one in winter to help them out. I don't show so don't really care about beautyful shiney short coats all the time, my 2 get hairy and dirty as much as they want. Plus.....im one who likes my horses to live as natural as possible.

    But like others said....each to there own, as long as the horse is happy.
         
        01-21-2009, 10:00 PM
      #25
    Showing
    Wow, that sounds like so much work. I don't blanket any of mine, ever. I don't show either though. I guess whatever it takes to keep the hair from growing in is what you have to do huh?
         
        01-21-2009, 11:18 PM
      #26
    Foal
    Hi, I'm the one that lovemyfinny was referring to. Unfortunately, the show world rather have slick and sleek coats during the winter. I agree, blanketing is a pain in the butt. My outside horses do not get blankets at all. My two show horses are under lights that go on at 5 am and off at 10 pm. If it's 75 and breezy, they may not have anything more than a light sheet. When it's 20, they are double blanketed and have hoods. When I can get away with no blanket at all, I cherish those days. I hate blankets!
         
        01-22-2009, 02:12 AM
      #27
    Foal
    Constant Rugging is the ONLY way to get an awesome coat.
    My old boy was constantly rugged and I think he had quite good results.
         
        01-22-2009, 03:52 AM
      #28
    Yearling
    Ugh you have the boots I want from Saddlery Warehouse!
    But yeah I agree... although I don't rug for awesome coats, I do think they look lovely. I rug over summer to stop bleaching though as I own a dark chestnut who would majorly bleach and turn into a pumpkin and I like her dark ;)
    Plus her rug protects her from UV rays and flies.
    x
         
        01-22-2009, 11:19 PM
      #29
    Foal
    LoL

    I live in New Zealand and my pony is covered all year round. Everyone says its ridiculous but without it he shivvers. He then also doesnt grow a winter coat. I love it. He doesnt have any problems either
         
        01-22-2009, 11:26 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    My boy has a heavy blanket, slinky, and a neck warmer on all the time unless it gets hot out. In the summer he has a sheet on and a slinky on at night.
    We show almost all year round so that's why I put all of the layers on because I don't want him to get a winter coat. Welcome to the show horse life!=)
    My boy loves his clothes. When its really cold he tries to put his clothes on himself lol=)
         

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