Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Sorry but I'm never ever going to put a saddle on a wet horses back, even with a towel you can't get it 100% dry which means you can't be sure that there is no wet mud under the saddle or girth area.
I have the facilities to turn a hair dryer on a pony, but doing a girth area is feasible, doing the whole saddle path would take forever and horse would most likely object.
I've wintered ponies out without rugs, my connie used to do it every year, but he had the whole winter off work, that was his rest time. I will always rug a horse that is going to be ridden.