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post #21 of 34 Old 10-19-2010, 03:33 PM
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I'm glad I'm not the only one that is guilty of neglecting thier horses.
Our mares grow their own new blankets every fall. They never rip, wear out, get caught on anything, are easy to clean with a brush, and always fit perfectly. What more could they want?

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post #22 of 34 Old 10-19-2010, 04:18 PM
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I rug all winter even more important if ridden
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post #23 of 34 Old 10-19-2010, 04:25 PM
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Our mares grow their own new blankets every fall. They never rip, wear out, get caught on anything, are easy to clean with a brush, and always fit perfectly. What more could they want?
A horse that is dry when you want to ride it?

But hey ho, we only have rein 90% of the year.
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post #24 of 34 Old 10-19-2010, 05:16 PM
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A horse that is dry when you want to ride it?

But hey ho, we only have rein 90% of the year.
You just towel them off. They really are fine (really).

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post #25 of 34 Old 10-19-2010, 05:20 PM
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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.
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post #26 of 34 Old 10-19-2010, 05:27 PM
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Hey Kevinshorses, guess we can neglect our horses together. Mine do just fine in the cold and snow, do just fine riding with a wet back and have been doing it for years.
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post #27 of 34 Old 10-19-2010, 09:12 PM
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I blanket my mare all winter. Here in Alberta, it can get down to -30 or colder. I also work her throughout the winter and clip her to keep her show ready and non shaggy. She owns more winter wear than I do. At last count, she had 10!

If I weren't showing or working her hard throughout the winter, I would just let her winter coat grow and not blanket. It's much better for horses, IMO.
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post #28 of 34 Old 10-19-2010, 09:23 PM
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Hey Kevinshorses, guess we can neglect our horses together. Mine do just fine in the cold and snow, do just fine riding with a wet back and have been doing it for years.
When I ride a horse be it in the summer or the winter thier back gets wet pretty quick anyway.

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post #29 of 34 Old 10-19-2010, 09:39 PM
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I let mine grow their winter coat, no clipping. They come in and out of the barn as they please, and I see my gelding out more then in. My mare, now that's she in her twenties, likes to put herself to bed in the barn at night, and on occasion when the temps dip below -15 and a wind chill to boot, I do blanket her. Once the windchill ends and temps pick up a bit, usually the next day, two at the most, the blanket comes off.

I do give extra hay on those bitter nights. As far as wet backs and saddles, well, I think all those cowboys out there still ride when it rains.

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post #30 of 34 Old 10-19-2010, 10:33 PM
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I didn't blanket last year and I don't plan to this year. I plan to ride and i'll put a cooler on him to get him dry and then turn him back out. I kind of like the fuzzy mammoth look on Phoenix.
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