Originally Posted by LuLu
Ok, imagine it's a nice day, it's warm, you wouldn't put a coat on would you?? So it's the same with horses, if the horse doesn't need a rug on, why put one on???!!!! It's not healthy to over-rug a horse!!!
I don't remember anyone saying they over-rug and I certainly never did. You can keep a horse rugged in summer IF you provide the RIGHT rugs. On hot days, don't we wear t-shirts??? My summer rugs are made of material lighter than a t shirt. I constantly monitor my horses heat and because I spent the money to buy rugs that are made for hot weather, they stay cool while being protected from the sun and sand flies etc im sure after so many years I would have seen some adverse effects if I was indeed over rugging.
It might be best if you check exactly what people write before you accuse anyone of over rugging their horses. If you don't do it that's fine...thats your way and you are entitled to it. Where I live sandflies and the very harsh sun can do more damage than anything else and as long as they are cool, there is no issue.
Just tonight on 'rspca animal rescue' there was a case about a horse that was in his summer rugs on a 35C day. When the rspca lady went to see them about it, they explained basically what I have said as their reasons for it being rugged. It was a show horse and in my country, people keep their show horses rugged but not at a dangerous level. Even the rspca lady agreed that the light rugs were fine considering it was a palomino and could be damaged by the sun. (originally the person who reported it thought it had heavy rugs on.) this is only one instance but im sure I can gather a small army of people that will say the same thing.
Anyways, I have done something a certain way my whole life and someone in a forum saying its wrong means very little especially when no probs or discomfort arise. IF any probs ever arose I would be the first to admit I should stop doing it. Opinions are fine but they need to be raised objectively remembering that none of us know everything.
Having said all that, if indeed the horse was over rugged then yes, it would be bad for the horse