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    10-25-2010, 02:50 PM
  #11
Yearling
^^Do you turn them out with blankets or what? It looks like they would get very very cold even if dry if they were shaved in the winter.
     
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    10-25-2010, 02:50 PM
  #12
Green Broke
^

I certainly hope you blanket them if they're clipped for winter?
     
    10-25-2010, 03:05 PM
  #13
Foal
I am in Alberta and we compete with our horses every weekend. We always put on fleece coolers for the ride home in the trailer then we switch out to their regular heavy winter blankets. They live outside 24/7 in a pasture with adequate shelter. It seems to work well and none of our horses have gotten sick or had any skin issues.
     
    10-25-2010, 05:15 PM
  #14
Trained
If they're really sweaty, we go over them quickly with a towel and fluff them up a bit, otherwise we just give them a quick brushing.
     
    10-25-2010, 05:25 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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 don't 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.
     
    10-25-2010, 05:43 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by charlicata    
^^Do you turn them out with blankets or what? It looks like they would get very very cold even if dry if they were shaved in the winter.
Yes we always put winter blankets on them and most of them only get turned out dirring the day so the colder part at night there in a heated barn
     
    10-26-2010, 01:15 AM
  #17
Super Moderator
I towel him down, vigorously so it's kind of a massage, then backbrush the damp hair up to help it dry faster and let him go. He'll promptly roll in the worst mud he can find, anyway.
     
    10-26-2010, 07:24 AM
  #18
Green Broke
Some horses will get itchy skin if the sweat/dander isn't cleaned off them.

Cleaning them up after drying them off from a workout should be part of the time spent with them.

After using anyone of the drying off processes already mentioned, give the coat a vigorous cleaning with a metal shedder to get the dander up then vacuum the horse.

I vacuum all my horses during the cold months --- with the shop vac. Just be sure to use a brush attachment because a brushless attachment sucks their skin up and most horses won't appreciate that. I have one out of four that thinks that's fun on his shoulders and but
     
    10-26-2010, 10:21 AM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
I have one out of four that thinks that's fun on his shoulders and but
^Haha, that's funny!

Thank you EVERYONE for all of your help!!! I think I have a plan now. Feel free to keep posting if you'd like, but I definitely consider my question answered! THANK YOU!!!
     
    10-28-2010, 12:57 PM
  #20
Foal
I know the irritated condition you are talking about.. my friends horse got it! It was uncomfortable for the horse...:( and it IS caused by a build up of dried sweat.... What I do with my horses in winter is..(if they are not clipped) I will hose them down in sweaty areas along girth and between legs especially, then rub vigorously with towel, then turn out with a blanket. If they are clipped I will just sponge the sweaty areas and this will be dry within minutes so I can just throw rug on straight away..:)
     

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