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post #1 of 13 Old 05-04-2014, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Swimming D:

My pony swims in the creek in her cover! I go to see her and she covered in dripping wet mud with a soaked cover stinking like a pond. Is there an easy way to fix this without having to fence off the stream? And she's grey too -.-
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-04-2014, 05:49 PM
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If it's warm enough for her to go in and swim around on her own, then I'd think it's warm enough for her to not need a blanket on anymore. Taking the blanke off would eliminate it getting wet/muddy/stinky. Does she really need it?
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-04-2014, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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If it's warm enough for her to go in and swim around on her own, then I'd think it's warm enough for her to not need a blanket on anymore. Taking the blanke off would eliminate it getting wet/muddy/stinky. Does she really need it?
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The thing is, it's not warm at all! It's freezing! She just loves water! And she's normally not covered at all but she's had a cold
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post #4 of 13 Old 05-04-2014, 07:32 PM
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Is there any way to partition off the pond?

That said, having a cold, wet blanket would be worse than having no blanket at all.

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post #5 of 13 Old 05-11-2014, 06:22 PM
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It seams like having a cold wet blanket is allot worse that having no blanket at all especially when they have a cold!!
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post #6 of 13 Old 05-12-2014, 09:05 AM
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The blanket may be making her too warm, thus she heads for the pond. It takes only a few minutes of sunshine to overheat a horse that's wearing a blanket. Horse's love freezing temperatures. If you don't put a blanket on her she can regulate her body temperature and hair as she needs. The blanket interferes with this.
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-13-2014, 09:43 PM
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The thing is, it's not warm at all! It's freezing! She just loves water! And she's normally not covered at all but she's had a cold
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It's New Zealand. It's NOT freezing. The water is liquid, not frozen. It is NOT freezing. She doesn't need the blanket. Agree with the other posters, having the blanket on is worse for her than no blanket.
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post #8 of 13 Old 05-14-2014, 12:31 AM
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Horses are basically cold weather animals who have much less problems keeping warm than keeping cool. Blanketing really messes up their temperature control system. The equine school at Colorado State University did a study on horses keeping warm. They have 17 levels of warmth they can adjust their hair for if they are just left alone. Two things mess them up. Clipping and blanketing. I ave seen my horses in well below zero F temperatures and not seen them look distressed. Maybe if it was minus 30 or 40F I would worry about them. Minus 20 didn't bother them.
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-14-2014, 02:27 PM
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As far as I know, new zealand has much the same climate as Ireland. If that's the case, she is fine without a rug. Most horses go without a rug all year. Unless she is a clipped, underweight, thin skinned thoroughbred, -which I highly doubt she is,- she won't need a rug on!
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post #10 of 13 Old 06-09-2014, 02:42 PM
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Horses are basically cold weather animals who have much less problems keeping warm than keeping cool. Blanketing really messes up their temperature control system. The equine school at Colorado State University did a study on horses keeping warm. They have 17 levels of warmth they can adjust their hair for if they are just left alone. Two things mess them up. Clipping and blanketing. I ave seen my horses in well below zero F temperatures and not seen them look distressed. Maybe if it was minus 30 or 40F I would worry about them. Minus 20 didn't bother them.
My horse must be weird, then, because this past winter it was a lot colder than usual. (Usually the coldest it gets is the lower 30's, upper 20's. This year it was in the teens to single digits.) He would be shivering almost every time I brought him in from the pasture to feed! He wasn't even clipped until February.
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