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post #1 of 7 Old 05-13-2012, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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The ultimate winter coat~ rugs VS lights

well its that time of month. cold, wet and windy. winter is well on its way.

so i was wondering what you guys do to keep your horses looking schmick in their winter coats that are free of fluffiness.

the main two ways that i have heard of to achieve the 'summer look' is excessive rugging or stable lights.

which one works best in your opinion? why?

also are there any other techniques to keep the fluff away other than clipping?
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Dont think rugging would help that much as they grow based on the hours of daylight...

I clip in winter so arent much help though (Although does stop that fluffiness ;))
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Dont think rugging would help that much as they grow based on the hours of daylight...

I clip in winter so arent much help though (Although does stop that fluffiness ;))
yes i have heard of that. but doesnt cliping ruin their lovely shiny coat?
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I compete through the winter series so my horse is in full work - If I dont clip when I ride I finish on dark and they are always quite sweaty due to the extra fur - They take like over an hour to dry...

We mainly turn our horses out in NZ so they need to get covered and turned out... into pasture at night.... we need them to dry before we can :)

Its more common to clip a riding horse than not in NZ - If you go to shows probably about 90% of the horses here are clipped.... (Easily)

We dont tend to clip in summer as their coats are a lot shorter.

Our showing season is in summer so we dont clip once they have started maulting as that ruins their summer coat coming through
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Lights. Horse's coats grow and shed according to the amount of daylight that there is. So if you want your horse to keep the summer coat then they need to be under constant lights when in the stall. Blankets don't prevent the coats from growing, all they do is slick them down but as soon as you remove the blankets and the cold wind hits your horse the hair will be up and fuzzy again.

Thier coats fuzz up because that is how they keep themselves warm. When thier hair is up like that it traps what heat thier is and helps insulate.

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