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        04-08-2014, 11:48 PM
    To blanket or not

    Mostly this is just a ranting and raving post. Geesh, I am SO SICK of neighbors and local horse people telling me what to do with my horse! So a little over a month ago I gave my horse what I call a partial blanket clip. Her whole neck, shoulders, chest and girth are shaved. People assume that because it's a desert no horse, clipped or not, needs to be blanketed. Well, guess what, when the horse is clipped and the temps are dropping from 90s during day to 50s at night, the horse needs to be blanketed at night! I also got PLENTY of flack for clipping my horse, even though she was a wooly mammoth and I'm trying to train for jumping and my poor horse gets so soaked with sweat that my mom's friend actually asked if she was alright. So after a long time having an inner fight with myself, mostly because I've got all these people telling me what to do and they all have conflicting opinions, I decided to clip her.

    What inspired this was the neighbor making comments that I could hear about twenty feet away to one of their friends. I went out at 7pm right when the sun went down to feed, pull fly masks off, and blanket my mare. It was still a little too warm out but usually the temp drops within a few minutes. The neighbor made the comment soon after this, but I still waited a while. Temp wasn't dropping quick like it did the past two nights, so I pulled the blanket off her. I also looked up weather and evenings will finally be in 60s at night, so I think we are done with the blanket for the season.

    I only just started taking over care of my horse a couple days ago (just started living on same prop with my horses). The last two nights I blanketed her, she seems to have benefited from it, finally finished shedding out and wasn't sweating under blanket at all. And it's not a heavy blanket, perfect for our "winter" temps (if you're wondering it's the mustang turnout blanket). The sad thing is that for the past month when she really could've benefited from the blanket, the people I was PAYING to take care of her refused to blanket her.

    All in all, it can be hard to be an english rider surrounded by western. Maybe I should point out that I can't stand their "kick and go" philosophies and the way they let kids beat and whip and jerk their horses around barrels at gymkhanas. This is the main reason I stopped going to gymkhanas because I can't stand to see the abuse that 80% of the riders give to their horses.

    I think it's for the best if I just keep my mouth shut. I'm not out to make enemies, just live peacefully and quietly. Even though I'm now out in the middle of nowhere, the neighbors are still too close. I think I need at least 20 acres instead of 5.

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        04-09-2014, 08:46 AM
    Well, I'm glad you're no longer paying the people who were supposed to be taking care of her but refusing to do what you asked.

    I don't think you're doing anything wrong. You know your horse is a sweaty monster, so you clipped her, and then you had to blanket her because she was clipped. I would just keep doing it and don't mind what the neighbours have to say. I leased a mare that was ridden western in a pretty much all western barn, and I know what you mean about the kick and go attitude, but a lot of the western riders out here anyway also care a lot about their horses too. I just find that they fuss less over little things that a lot of the people at my barn would, and are more prone to the "if it can be ridden, you should ride" mentality

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