Originally Posted by tinyliny
Do horses in Australia grow long winter coats?
Unfortunately, not really in my experience Tiny (not talking ponies and drafts here). Our winter is so mild and starts so late that they really don't develop a proper one - which would be fine except we do get cold snaps coming up from the south and the horses aren't prepared for them.
I do think many people over-rug in Australia (two flannel rugs in our 35-40C summers is ridiculous, I don't care how much judges want a nice thin coat), but as rain prevents a horse from being able to lift the hairs and create a layer of warm air for insulation (if he's used to steamy QLD weather he may find a wet 23C quite cold!), but if it were me I would at least try and put a rainsheet on this fellow to keep him dry.
I remember once seeing in a horse care book a net sheet that was to be used under a light rug or rainsheet, the idea being that would allow a layer of warm air to form between the coat and the rug - has anyone ever seen these IRL? The concept works, I used to wear a net crochet top under a thin skivvy when out in the early morning air and it kept me nice and warm without being too hot.