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    11-29-2009, 09:16 AM
  #1
Foal
Winter Grooming and Conditioning?

Hey there everyone !

I just thought I might as well ask some questions and cross my fingers that I can get decent answers.

So-- I'm a first time horse owner, and I do know alot...I do everything for my horse. Its just winter time. :/ I hate Winter time, their coats get long, its cold to ride, cold bits! Bah !

So my first question, What exactly is the purpose for bagging a horses tail, and how do you do it ?! I'm really interested in this. What would I use?

Another thing... Blanketing..How do you know when you should add another liner underneath the winter blanket?

A big one Do you think its okay to clip their legs up to their knees in winter time?

When do they start shedding out their winter fur? Around what month?

Is there anything else I should know what to do in the winter time regarding grooming/ conditioning and keeping my horse healthy?

Thanks so much guys!
     
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    11-29-2009, 10:56 AM
  #2
Weanling
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When do they start shedding out their winter fur? Around what month?
I can't answer the other questions since I don't do any of that. Mine starts to shed in March through May.

I honestly don't do much to my horse until he's really starting to blow hunks of hair. Then I help him by using a shedding blade. I don't do a lot of grooming at all in the winter since I've heard it can hurt the stuff in their coat that helps them keep warm. I don't blanket my horse and he's outside 24/7 except for a lean-to.
     
    11-29-2009, 11:00 AM
  #3
Green Broke
1. You can probably buy a tail bag at your local tack store...but my mum makes ours, I have also seen people use football socks, you just cut four strips on the top, heres a pic of a tailbag... Instructions some people put that underlayer on the tail before the tailbag... but I don't :P and make sure if you put a flybag on in the summer that you put lots of fly spray on, because their tail isnt as useful in a bag ;)

2. It makes a big difference wether your horse is clipped or not... do you only ride outside? Because if you do then I wouldnt put a blanket on the horse at all, except for a rainsheet when its wet and windy (that can really chill a horse to the bone!)

3. I never have or will clip a horses legs. Ever. My opinion is that that is the horses natural protection against scratches and other infections, not to mention their legs coulg geet cold in the winter!!! If you have no real reason to, like your going to a big show or something, I wouldnt recoment clipping your horses legs.

4. That depends on the weather,where you live, and the horse. But probably around the month that the weather gets warm... then get ready to be covered form head to toe in hair!! Lol

I hope this helped! :)
     
    11-29-2009, 04:02 PM
  #4
Weanling
When my horse sheds I use a horse vaccum and it works wonders!!! My horses start to shed in the early spring time as spring usually comes pretty early around here.by june there is a new coat.
     
    11-29-2009, 05:48 PM
  #5
Weanling
What exactly is the purpose for bagging a horses tail, and how do you do it ?! I'm really interested in this. What would I use?

I bag my horses tail in the fall (when its rainy and muddy) threw the spring (threw the mudd again) because his tail drags on the ground about 2 inches or so. If I didnt bag it mud would collect on the bottom and break off the hairs. So I do it to protect length and I condition it to help it grow also. You could use something like this..... Lycra Tail Bag 22 1/2 Inch - Statelinetack.com

How do you know when you should add another liner underneath the winter blanket?

I usually add another blanket underneth my waterproof medium weight blanket when it gets around 20 degrees or so, as long as the first layer is waterproof any weight blanket will help your horse in the cold.

Do you think its okay to clip their legs up to their knees in winter time?

My opinion is no, especially if they are standing in snow but im not too sure on that one

When do they start shedding out their winter fur? Around what month?

Mine usually start in March
     
    11-29-2009, 06:01 PM
  #6
Yearling
What exactly is the purpose for bagging a horses tail, and how do you do it ?! I'm really interested in this. What would I use?
A lot of people use tail bags for keeping tails clean (for shows, etc) or to prevent hair breakage so that the tail can grow. That's about all I know about tail bags as I don't use one, although I would like to start sometime as my TB's tail is terribly thin.

How do you know when you should add another liner underneath the winter blanket?

First off how thick is your winter blanket?? This would help us give you accurate answers. Anyways, here are the guidelines I follow when blanketing my horse. Please keep in mind that he grows almost no winter coat and gets cold fairly easy.
- 45 to 55 Degrees F: Waterproof sheet
- 35 to 45 Degrees F: Midweight turnout or sheet with midweight stable blanket underneath (total of about 200 grams of fill)
- 35 Degrees and under F: Heavyweight turnout or sheet with heavyweight stable blanket underneath (about 300-400 grams of fill)
- Extremely cold weather: Heavyweight plus a fleece liner underneath.


Do you think its okay to clip their legs up to their knees in winter time?
I personally would not clip a horse's legs in the winter time, except for the feathers if you're going to a show. If you want to clip during the winter time here are some ideas...
CLIPPING horses
Remember that if the horse is clipped it will need to be blanketed.

When do they start shedding out their winter fur? Around what month?
I would say that most horses start shedding around March or April.
     
    11-29-2009, 06:02 PM
  #7
Foal
Heheh thanks I need ed this too thanks much
     
    11-29-2009, 06:02 PM
  #8
Yearling
Tail bags keep tails clean so that you don't rip out hair trying to clean them thus helping the tail grow longer and thicker.. I don't like the gym sock idea because when it rains they seem heavier and they look more gross then a regular ol' muddy tail. I braid starting at the end of the tail bone then wrap in vet wrap and then bend the braid in half or twice (depending on the length) and wrap again in vet wrap to keep the tail off the ground. I like to use black because it doesn't really show mud.. but you can pick any color.

Blanket liners depend on how much coat you will allow your horse to grow but blanketing isn't nescessary. Blanket liners can bunch and tangle as well.

Clipping legs is a personal preference.. if you area is muddy I prefer to clip legs so that they are easier to wash and dry. Unlike Ridergirl, I think the longer legs stay wet the more prone they are to fungus. You don't have to shave them short either... If you want to just get ride of the feathers use a longer blade.

I can't give you an answer about shedding... your in canada and I'm in Texas.. quite a bit different.. half the time we wear shorts in January. :o)
     
    11-29-2009, 06:04 PM
  #9
Lis
Yearling
For the shedding thing, it all depends on the weather as my ex loan didn't finish shedding properly until about begining of July because weather went from being warm to cold and wet so he took his time in shedding.
     
    11-30-2009, 10:22 PM
  #10
Foal
Gah Thanks so much guys! I'mma try and learn to bag my boys tail. Even though his tail is thick. But I want it a bit longer. Anyways, his current blanket is a med weight winter blanket. And yes Canada is really cold, I plan on getting a stable blanket for him too. Could I ever use a cooler underneath?

And I already have clipped his legs. It gets really muddy and I agree with him getting mud rash/fever when it sticks to his feathers so I clip them. And it drys faster so I can brush the mud off.

I hate winter coats. Harder to keep clean when You have a white paint. But shedding is really messy. I'm going to try and get a slick n easy brush too so hopefully it works really well.

Is there anything reccomended to use to condition my boys tail? Also I want something with some sunblock for in the summer he's prone to bad sunburns on his little muzzle. D:
     

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