Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: British Columbia, Canada
• Horses: 0
I am on a fence with this one, and am hoping to get some advice/opinions. I livein North Central BC (Canada) where it can get pretty cold. I am boarding my horse where he is kept in a pasture year round, all day. He is with a buch of other horses; they have shelter, but 95% of the time they prefer to battle out the wind in rain in the open or move into the trees. I have included celcius and fehrenheit temps to make things more clear. My BO rugs the horses when it reaches below -20 C (-4 F). We do get cold snaps that can dip below -30 C (-22 F), and sometimes with the wind it can get down to -40 C (-40 F). My BOs phiolosophy is that most horses did not originate from cold climates like this (unless it is a shaggy/hardy pony/horse breed). So she rugs them. Most people around here do not rug their horses--you almost never see horses out in pasture with rugs, and I have read alot of conflicting info that rugging can actually make them colder (sweating/ flattens the hair), and what about taking them off after it goes abouve -20 C--how do the horses handle this? My horse will not be ridden (or very lightly--maybe a few laps around the 20 acre pasture bareback) and does not get clipped. He is at a good weight right now-I am trying to get extra weight on him to help insulate--but he hates his beet pulp. His coat seems slightly thinner/more fine than some of the other horses, but it is also more lofty/fuzzy. I don't know what to do he is relatively new to me, and I don't know how he does during the winter). DO I buy a rug and use it--will it then have to be super heavy, or would he benefit from more of a light wind/water repellant sheet that wont weigh down the hair, but will keep the wind and moisture out... What to do???