Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
Another Canadian pitching in here....
We clip at the lesson barn I ride at. All the clipped horses are rugged. Almost all the non-clipped horses are rugged. We do have a few ponies that dont get any blankets, but everyone is brought in at night.
Before even leaving the arena, we throw a cooler over the horses bums right up to the saddle and our bums and walk around for 5-15 minutes. Then go out and untack, and pull the cooler up over the horses necks. Put tack away clean up our stuff, letting the horse stand in the crossties with the cooler on for about another 10 minutes. Then brush the horse, reblanket them and put them away.
Personally, I have no problem putting away a horse that still has some slightly damp hair to them as long as it is mostly dry, because when they go into their stall, they are going to start eating their hay again. But...again...only if they are slightly damp, and not "hot" between their front legs.
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