Originally Posted by tinyliny
For those that blanket and say they cannot put a saddle on a wet back, does this mean that you fully dry your horse both before saddleing and after riding/before reblanketing? Does'nt that take forever? What if you don't have a hair drier or a heat lamp? What if you HAVE to leave, now?
When you ride a horse with a brand new saddle pad on a hot day, doesn't it quickly become a wet saddle pad, thus you are riding on a wet back?
In the wild , don't shaggy haired winter horses sometimes run or work hard enough to work up a sweat, then stop and graze or stand around while still wet from sweat;? Isn't wet wool nearly as warm as dry wool?
I don't ride if I don't have time to cool them off. Clipping makes them dry off quicker.
Yes because my horses are rugged their backs are completely dry before they are saddled. After riding saddle comes off Wicking rug packed out with straw goes on, they are normaly dry within 10 mins (because they are clipped) and I can give them a brush and stick thier turnouts on, then shove them out. If they don't dry in 10 mins or I absolutly have to go then I put a fleece rug on them and leave them in thier stable untill I can get back.
Riding a horse on a hot day is different because whilst thier back may get wet whilst riding, they are highly unlikely to catch a chill in hot weather! Also because they were dry before you put saddle on there is no wet mud.
Finaly wild horses? Well I've yet to see one gallop round with a saddle on its back, Wild horses do not sweat in a saddle patch, they sweat all over! I've yet to see a wild horse that has girth gaulsor saddle sores because of wetmud. Finaly wild horses don't live very long at all, 10 is concidered a good age for a wild horse, most are dead by 15. Sorry but I'll take a 30 yeaold county show pony over a pony that is dead at 15 any day.