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    09-03-2012, 09:57 AM
  #61
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what is cold

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Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
My last horse was a TB mare. I had her for 5 winters, and she didn't wear a rug once with me. Her "thin skin" and "thin coat" were enough to keep her warm, regardless of her breeding. Granted, Perth winters are reasonably mild, but she adapted very easily to having to harden up.
I just googled the average winter temperature in Perth and its 18C which in Fahrenheit = 64.4. In the UK we get a lot of the summer when its not much more than that. It was 56F here last night in CT, my thin skinned horses didn't have rugs on, they weren't cold and they don't have any winter coats yet so I wouldn't expect to be rugging a TB up when its 18C nor would I think it had adapted well to doing without one
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    09-03-2012, 08:46 PM
  #62
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
I just googled the average winter temperature in Perth and its 18C which in Fahrenheit = 64.4. In the UK we get a lot of the summer when its not much more than that. It was 56F here last night in CT, my thin skinned horses didn't have rugs on, they weren't cold and they don't have any winter coats yet so I wouldn't expect to be rugging a TB up when its 18C nor would I think it had adapted well to doing without one
That's the average daytime temp. Average at night is somewhere around 9 degrees.
     
    09-03-2012, 09:03 PM
  #63
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PChick, I apologize as I haven't read all your thread (I'm in a hurry as I'm off to do chores now) so I may repeat what someone else has stated. Are there any local or regional publications (magazines, newsletters, etc) that you could submit an article to in order to get the message out to a wider audience? If you don't feel comfortable developing an article yourself, I bet there are many forum members who would assist in this cause.
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    09-04-2012, 10:51 AM
  #64
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Wow, I had no idea people did this. I live in the Southern U.S., so any kind of rug or blanket here is pretty rare. 95% of horses I see (out at pasture, of course, since I'm not traipsing through people's barns doing surveys) have no rugs or blankets of any kind. I've seen only a handful, and those had just one layer. Then again, any snow here is a reason to panic. A few flakes can shut down school and clear the bread isles. I feel terrible for the poor horses being described. :(
     
    09-04-2012, 11:13 AM
  #65
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I blanket my horse when it's especially cold, I double rug. Warmer winter days and he is blanket free.

My horse is very slender, it's a never ending battle to keep weight on him. If I had a hardy QH I would likely never blanket.



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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.
Why was this horse left stuck all day if people were aware of it? If people were not aware, how do you know he was stuck all day?
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