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    11-28-2010, 10:32 PM
Rain and rugging

Hey guys! Sorry about the stupid question, but Is it okay to leave a horse without a rug over night if it rains? I'm going away and unfortunately, no one is available to rug him. I don't want to leave him rugged for 4 days because the days are so hot, but lately at night, it will pour down. Thanks guys :)
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    11-28-2010, 11:32 PM
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Aren't there trees or a shelter for your horse to go under?
There is a long thread regarding "rugging" horses . IT's been discussed a lot. I would have to say that rugging your horse non stop in hot/rainy weather is FAR worse than having him naked overnight in a downpour. It's summer there, so must be warm rain. Probaly evaporates pretty quickly , no?
I'd say not to worry.
I have heard that in Australia you all rug like uber much. Around here, it's winter and rain/snow, we aren't all that fussy about it. Some do, some don't. But it's much colder than your winter. And folks in Minnesota, I hear they often don't rug at all. Horses are really hardy and manage quite well in the elements.
I know rain rot can be an issue, tho, especially with Thbdss.
    11-28-2010, 11:49 PM
No, he is currently at my paddock because where I agist has Paterson's curse, it's a nasty weed, so he has nothing to hide under. It's Summer, but unfortuately it's still cold rain we get, then during the day it will reach 35 degrees celsius, so I'm not sure what to do :\ I'll have a look for the thread :)
    11-28-2010, 11:57 PM
I would deffinately not put a rug on him. If you are not able to come out in the early morning and take it off, then deffinately not. I know I wouldnt put one on my horse. Even if he didnt have a shelter.
    11-29-2010, 12:18 AM
Thank you @cosmomomo :)
I just got really worried when my friend said they can get rain rot from rain, I was confused but she has had horses since she was little, so I assume she knows what she is talking about, lol.
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    11-29-2010, 03:53 AM
They can get rain rot from rain, but mostly only when they get wet and don't dry for long periods of time, ie if they have a blanket on that gets wet, or have a thick fur coat and doesnt get curried often enough. He may get a little chilly, but that is much better than getting overheated and possibly getting heat stroke or colic.
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    11-29-2010, 04:03 AM
I guess he'll be right, he drys fast cause he has a very short coat. Thank you very much for this info :) it is VERY helpful!
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