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        12-30-2013, 08:23 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    My horse is not underweight. She is losing weight yes but she started out pretty fat. I'm not sure how I can feed her more when she is already on a roundbale 24/7.

    And with reguards to the temp thing I actually took my horses temp today when I got to the barn. She had warmed up by then and was nice and warm under her 4 blankets. Her temp was 99.8 which is on the low end for her normal.
         
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        12-30-2013, 08:33 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    but I think they're actually too warm and overheated.
    Think being the key word here, so you don't actually have science fact to back your theory up. You can't determine a horse's need for a blanket by how you feel.

    Just like people, horses are different. Not one will be exactly the same, and just because you think your horse is fine at the temperature they're at, does not mean the same will apply for every other horse.

    You keep going on about your own temperature and how you feel, and have told me to partake in your little "experiment" so that I can see what you're trying to say, but back to my point, your temperature will not be the same as mine. I'm sitting in my room, with a long sleeve shirt underneath a hooded sweater, I still feel a bit chilly, but my skin is warm.

    My mother's horse and my one of my own are both blanketed. My mom's horse is old and does not get into the run in. I ride and compete frequently during the winter months. Both horses are not cold to the touch. If, as you say, being "toasty" is too warm, I would think my mare would have fallen ill long ago with the constant temperature change from removing and reapplying her blanket.

    As I said, it is different for everyone, therefore what you say may only apply to you.
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        12-30-2013, 08:51 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    I see so many people posting about whether to blanket or not I did a little experiment and wanted to share with those that always say their horses nice and toasty under the blanket. I don't typically blanket but I had planned to head from the cold Midwest to Florida so I had been blanketing starting late fall.

    I started checking my own body temperature when I was comfortable and if I put my hand inside my shirt my body was tepid Or felt room temperature. If I was feeling overheated and needing to shed some layers of clothing I felt my body and I was warm and toasty.

    I now check my horse regularly. I prefer her to feel tepid or what I would call room temperature not sure how to explain it but I know when she is warm and toasty she is overheated and I switch to a lighter blanket.

    I just wanted to share this because I know so many people think they are doing well when the horse is warm and toasty but I think they're actually too warm and overheated. Just something to think about and start checking your temp when you are comfortable and getting hot.
    How can you have an argument with this?

    Someone shared an observation and you have to assume it is an argument.
    Yes BTR she told you to give the "experiment" a try, Therefore make your own "OBSERVATION".

    Some people take offence to the darndest things.


    Someone is giving a "heads up" to a common practice of blanketing. This was not a personal affront to you.
         
        12-30-2013, 09:00 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
    How can you have an argument with this?

    Someone shared an observation and you have to assume it is an argument.
    Yes BTR she told you to give the "experiment" a try, Therefore make your own "OBSERVATION".

    Some people take offence to the darndest things.


    Someone is giving a "heads up" to a common practice of blanketing. This was not a personal affront to you.
    Yes, I made my own observation, after being told to in another thread, which did not yield the same results. Which goes back to what I was saying, it is different for everyone, and ergo, the rule does not apply to everyone.

    So in saying that when Churumbeque's horse is comfortable when cool to the touch, does mean this rule is going to apply to all horses.

    I believe this is a discussion, therefore I have room to disagree. I had not been informed that this was the "respond-only-if-you-agree" forum.
         
        12-30-2013, 09:16 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    BTR You can disagree till the cows come home!!

    But in your post #12, With all of your Italics, and your Bolded words and your "Quotations", seems you are taking offence to what was stated, or at the least mocking what was stated.

    I sure don't get the attitude.
    Oh and "Respond- only-if-you-agree"
         
        12-30-2013, 09:30 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    This is the internet, where you see what I type, not how I feel. I am not taking offense at all, merely stating my side of an argument. I italicized words for emphasis. "You feel" being a personal statement. A human, not a horse. "Think" going back to what I said in the first line "Think being the key word here, so you don't actually have science fact to back your theory up." Quotations on "Experiment" as I do not believe it was a true experiment, being overly biased, and making a claim based off of one result. Bolded "warm" emphasizing the different and contradicting result. Quotations on "toasty" quoting a work in the title of this thread. You think me attitudinal, and defensive, thinking I found myself to be personally attacked. When in reality I sit here in neutrality, stating my opposition to Churumbeque's theory.
         
        12-31-2013, 08:40 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Blanketing is highly over rated IMO. I never blanketed a horse 24/7 and would change the blanket every 12 hours if a horse was clipped and it was cold. I had a mare (Thoroughbred) who would get cold and ASK for her blanket. Again, it was on when she needed it and off most of the rest of the time.

    Horses, like people, sweat. Moisture can form under the blanket and can chill a horse. Yes.. blankets can breath.. but taking that blanket OFF and turning it inside out to air in the SUN and putting the other blanket on for 12 hours is healthier. I also brushed my horse between blanket changes and would leave the blanket off for awhile (like while the horse was in and eating).

    I actually had 3 blankets and would just rotate them when it was cold.

    I think that unless the horse is clearly cold and needs a blanket, leave it off. Skin and hair is much healthier. Less opportunity for Rain Rot etc.
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        12-31-2013, 10:15 AM
      #18
    Foal
    I was always told not to think of a blanket as keeping a horse warm, but rather prevent it from getting cold. I don't want him to be overly hot under the blanket, but it shouldn't feel cold.

    On a seperate note, wasn't there a study done that found some blankets made the horse colder?

    ETA: Anything regarding horse care can be taken insultingly, because by saying you're right implies everyone else is wrong. Implying that they're wrong implies that their horse isn't getting the best of care, and its a slippery slope from there. Comparing techniques reuires a certain manner of detachment that is hard to accomplish with horses. It's important to remember that if you ask 10 people what they do, you'll get 15 different answers, because each horse, region and barn is different.
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        01-02-2014, 01:17 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    [QUOTE=poppy1356;4415577]My horse is not underweight. She is losing weight yes but she started out pretty fat. I'm not sure how I can feed her more when she is already on a roundbale 24/7.

    And with reguards to the temp thing I actually took my horses temp today when I got to the barn. She had warmed up by then and was nice and warm under her 4 blankets. Her temp was 99.8 which is on the low end for her normal.[/QUOTE
    Several people thought your horse is underweight. It is losing muscle quality, topline and its coat does not look healthy.

    Just because it has all it can eat it can still starve. Round bales are usually the poor quality of hay and not worth square baling.
         
        01-02-2014, 01:37 PM
      #20
    Banned
    [QUOTE=churumbeque;
    Just because it has all it can eat it can still starve. Round bales are usually the poor quality of hay and not worth square baling.[/QUOTE]

    Not all farmers put up poor quality hay and most around here only do round bales. No demand for squares bales, just because where you are rounds are poor quality hay. Doesnt mean up here is same deal because its not.

    I feed rounds and its top quality hay so The rounds being crappy hays isnt always true.

    Weather has alot to do with horses not holding weight wev had three weeks of below zero for highs, 30 to 35 below at nights. My own horses are having a tough time keeping weight on. All 3 of mine are blanketed 2 are wearing two blankets meidum weight and one heavy. Plus we have had very cold wind chills 40 to 50 below zero.
         

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