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post #51 of 77 Old 03-19-2009, 06:19 PM
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Not trying to be rude, but it is very unnatural for the horse not to grow a coat. It weakens their ability to fight infections and things like that because of the unnatural blanketing when they are supposed to be growing a coat. I know a lot of people do it for show, but it really isnt all that great for the horse. I have never blanketed my horses and they lose their hair once they are ready to. When a horse is blanketed when it is warm out, it wears them out quicker because their body temperature is higher than it should be, taking more energy from the horse just to try to be more comfy. I know that sounds a bit overboard, but if you do the research, you will find it to be true.
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post #52 of 77 Old 03-19-2009, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Junebug View Post
I blanket my horse everynight if it gets below 75 degrees we put a slinkie on her head and neck, a sheet, and a full body heavy blanket, AND she has a light on her at night,....arggg these crazy ways just so that our horses dont grow a coat!And i live in Florida!Do you guys every do anything like this Just so that your horse doesnt grow a coat?
We do not put the heavy blanket on her if its 75-65 just a sheet and slinke below 60 the heavy blanket goes on
we do the exact same thing! your not crazy =]

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post #53 of 77 Old 03-19-2009, 07:17 PM
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outlaw every minite he is in he is under light. also i only use a thinsalte turn out sheet. outlaw doing that will not grow a coat. what every it takes for wp is what we have to do.
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post #54 of 77 Old 03-22-2009, 07:39 PM
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I've never blanketed my horse in the winter and it gets really cold in Minnesota. There are about 50 horses where I board and only a few are blanketed.

The horse...powerful, majestic, beautiful.
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post #55 of 77 Old 03-22-2009, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by wild_spot View Post
Clipping DOES destroy the coat, but only temporarily. On chestnut and browns/bay's/balcks it also diminishes their colour a LOT. If you clip maybe a month before the show season, then yes it's ok.

Clipping takes half the hair away, which takes a lot fo the natural oils from the coat. This needs TIME to regenerate. It also breaks (cuts) The actual hair, leaving it with a blunt edge instead of a pointed edge, making it rough/coarse for a while.

Also, if I used a rubber curry on my clipped horse, I think he would try to kill me. Way too harsh on a horse who doesn't have the extra barrier of more hair between the curry and their skin! I only ever used a body brush on my clipped horses.

*Shrugs* I don't have anything against clipping, I will probably body clip my arab again this winter, but it DOES diminish their coat for a while.

I stand by my original post. If you cut the hair too short, yes, it is an off color. It doesn't DESTROY the coat. The coat grows back. Destroying the coat would mean the coat never grows back, or there is no hope of ever getting the bloom that is so covetted and that could be easily achieved through proper nutrition and grooming.
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post #56 of 77 Old 03-22-2009, 09:11 PM
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I agree with you in that it doesn't destroy their coat in the long term. But short term, yes.

Just wanted to add, I don't clip my horse that I show, and probably never will, (except for mane,whiskers, hairy legs etc. lol) And he has the nicest coat ever! That lovely dark brown with lighter dapples. I would'nt clip him. I clip my arab cause he sweats horribly in winter and its impossible to cool him down.

If you cut the hair too short, yes, it is an off color
What is too short? Any clipping i've seen on bays/blacks has changed the colour a fair bit... Not cutting it short seems like it would go against the original purpose of clipping... Or maybe thats just me :]

But yep, i'm the biggest advocate of a nice coat acheived through proper nutrition, health, grooming and yes in winter appropriate rugging.

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post #57 of 77 Old 03-23-2009, 09:52 PM
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I like Majors winter coat. I think it makes him look cute. He does lose that graceful sleek appearance, but his winter coat makes him look like a big ole soft teddy bear. I love his summer hair too though
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post #58 of 77 Old 03-23-2009, 10:05 PM
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wow, im in shock didnt relize so many treated livestock so well, my horses are out 24/7 with a shed.
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post #59 of 77 Old 03-23-2009, 10:14 PM
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So are mine Ruger, only they don't have a shed!

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post #60 of 77 Old 04-01-2009, 09:40 PM
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under 75? that is ridiculous. unless the horse is worked ALOT just leave the winter coat. horses grow winter coats for a reason. if you dont want to deal with the thick winter coat just clip them. as long as you keep him blanketed which i definately dont think you'd have a problem with then just clip. i live in SC and my trainer puts a blanket on when it gets below 50 i think. i blanket when its under 40. and our one clipped horse is blanketed under 60.
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