Originally Posted by EvilHorseOfDoom
Oh gosh, pchick I am so with you!! So many over-rugged horses here in Australia. Especially hack show ponies - layers and layers of rugs, plus a skinny hood, as they sit sweltering in a barn in summer with no breeze to speak of. The poor things would rub up against everything and look utterly miserable. There were a few people muttering about it but it seemed so accepted by most. "*snooty voice* 35C? Oh, perhaps we'll only use the cotton rug and the lycra slinky rug today! Take the polar fleece off!" AGH!!
My horse gets one medium doona rug in winter out in his paddock - more to help keep the elements off than anything. Where he is, it gets down close to freezing in the early hours of the morning. He had a very light cotton rug for May and August/September when he was stabled, but I didn't use the doona rug til it was getting down below 10C at night (June/July) and didn't keep it on in the day unless it was very cold. Because I didn't rug til late in the year he developed a lovely winter coat (shiny too - but I wouldn't mind if he were fluffy!).
Australia, wake up and go and see what sort of weather it takes for northern Europeans to put rugs on a pony! And stop clipping in winter unless you're actually working them hard, horses look nice with a natural coat! Grrr.
YOu see, for me , 10 Celcius (50 Farenheit) is not a ruggable temp. That is a pleasant temp., a bit on the cool but no where near cold.
If the horse is in a stall and cannot walk around to stay warm, then I might want to blanket at around 5 C or less. But if they are out , can walk around and have access to hay and a windbreak, they will not need blankets at all, (assuming their winter hair has not been clipped off). I guess it's all relative.
I know that some horses dont' grow much of a winter coat, so they might be an exception
Most horse grow a perfect winter coat. WE put a coat on them becuase we feel cold, but we forget that their fur is already an amazing coat!