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  • Don't overrugg your horse
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    10-10-2007, 05:24 AM
  #21
Foal
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!!!
     
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    10-10-2007, 05:27 AM
  #22
Foal
And I did not say that rugging was bad, Jazzyrider!!! I rug my horse if she needs it (which is most of the time, she isn't hardy :roll: ).
     
    10-10-2007, 06:44 AM
  #23
Trained
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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
     
    10-10-2007, 08:15 AM
  #24
Foal
The very first thing I posted on this thread was "does he need rugging at all", those are the exact words I use. It was a simple question, not nasty at all and now I'm getting shot down and accused of saying that people over rug their horses!!!! I'm not accusing anyone of over rugging!!! I don't know what your weather is like in Australia, because I live in England, so when the sun is out (very occasionally) and the flies are around, I put a fly rug on my horse, but if it is really hot, I leave it off and just put loads of fly spray on her. I never set out to affend anyone, and if I did, I am very sorry, but please don't gang up on me, I am not here to cause trouble.
     
    10-10-2007, 08:54 AM
  #25
Trained
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Originally Posted by LuLu
The very first thing I posted on this thread was "does he need rugging at all", those are the exact words I use. It was a simple question, not nasty at all and now I'm getting shot down and accused of saying that people over rug their horses!!!! I'm not accusing anyone of over rugging!!! I don't know what your weather is like in Australia, because I live in England, so when the sun is out (very occasionally) and the flies are around, I put a fly rug on my horse, but if it is really hot, I leave it off and just put loads of fly spray on her. I never set out to affend anyone, and if I did, I am very sorry, but please don't gang up on me, I am not here to cause trouble.
hey, don't stress :) its always dodgy when people get together and chat who have different ways. I think perception can get blurred too through a computer screen.

The weather here dictates a lot of what we do. Australias sun is so harsh they are actually better off with a light rug :) oh yeah and the flies....you don't wanna know about them :)
     
    10-10-2007, 09:06 AM
  #26
Foal
Sorry, I do get a bit sensitive sometimes Here in England, we had a lousy summer, rain, rain and more rain :( But now it's quite sunny, but at night it goes chilly :roll: In the winter it's freezing, so my horse will have her heavy rugs on, because she is not hardy at all, she doesn't grow much of a winter coat either :)
     
    10-10-2007, 07:20 PM
  #27
Trained
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Originally Posted by LuLu
Sorry, I do get a bit sensitive sometimes Here in England, we had a lousy summer, rain, rain and more rain :( But now it's quite sunny, but at night it goes chilly :roll: In the winter it's freezing, so my horse will have her heavy rugs on, because she is not hardy at all, she doesn't grow much of a winter coat either :)
dont apologise :) I guess different people and different views are what make the world go round :) I just think its important that anyone new to horses and the site gets ALL the information about something.

I wonder sometimes whether I would rather live in heat or the cold. I don't like either lol but I hate flies more than I hate the cold but then again I like swimming more than I like rugging up with a good book on a cold day...some people are just never happy hehehehe :)
     
    10-10-2007, 09:46 PM
  #28
Weanling
No need to alpoligise. But trust me you don't understand Australia's weather!! When its hot, theres flys EVERY WHERE, when its cold its usually cold!! And occasionally we have warmish days which I love, but its almost as rare as a flying pig.!!

I use a Zilco Air con, its fly mesh. So it breaths.... We definatlly don't over rugg our horses! They get a Fly screen rug throu summer and 3 heavy rugs through the winter....

I THINK WE SHOULD GET BACK ON TRACK!!! With what Delregans Way needs help with.... Don't you agree?
     
    12-31-2007, 02:54 PM
  #29
Foal
If your horses get any type of grain, try adding a "glub" of corn oil. That's usually 1-2 capfuls. Also, it could be that the grass or hay that you're feeding isn't high enough in protein. It may affect one horse more than another, especially an older horse.
     
    01-01-2008, 07:46 AM
  #30
Showing
I know DW's question was awhile ago but i'm adding my $.02 anyway. I just wondered if you may want to try a different shampoo/conditioner. I know in human hair one brand may make someones hair shiny but on another person make it dull because of differing hair/skin types. Maybe this horse needs more added conditioners to its bathing regime. Just a thought (I know, I need to quit doing that)
     

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