I am concerned about horses being rugged for extended periods of time. Especially into the summer months in central Qld.
As a horse owner, I am aware of the problem which causes; pressure sores from rugs rubbing, restriction of normal movement, preventing exercise and inability to roll to shed dead skin.
Horses lose the ability to control their temperature by natural methods which includes their ability to cool themselves through the sweating process.
I have observed a horse, which was coated at the beginning of winter and left coated permanently.
This horse has been caught in a fence and left there all day until it tried to free itself and received horrific cuts from barbed wire. It is unable to move past a slow timid walk in its coat. I am sure this is due to painful rubbing. It is now around 24 degrees and the horse is sweltering in its coat. I have to observe this poor animal suffering daily. Please help with awareness to this problem. I have contacted RSPCA Qld and they have said this is not abuse. I beg to differ in this instance.