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    08-05-2009, 10:53 AM
When do you rug your horse?

Under what circumstances do you rug your horse?

We've been having a tonne of nasty weather here plus we're moving up to Indiana soon where I know I'm going to have to get the horses decent rugs and blankets.
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    08-05-2009, 10:55 AM
Green Broke
We are in Indiana, had NASTY winter this past season, and don't rug. Honestly, only a handful of those who keep horses around here do so. When are you moving up, though? Just thinking it might take a bit for your horses to acclimate to the change in climate if you move too far into the fall when they cooling weather would have prompted the coat change.....

Meant to add - during the very worst of it, we just confined Aero to her stall. Honestly, though, 99% of the time, she chose to be out in the stormy/cold rather than going in (she has free access to her stall. The most common provision around this area is to leave the horses out with access to shelter.
    08-05-2009, 11:03 AM
The property we're moving to has run in shelters with three sides, but no barn. And we're moving in the next two months.
    08-05-2009, 03:13 PM
Charli is rugged all year round, he is double rugged now, but the year goes like this.

Summer=summer rug most of the time, but once a week or so or when its baking hot he gets it off fora scratch and roll

Autumm(fall)=Lite wool canvas, then heavy wool canvas

Winter=180/200gramm rug + canvas on top

Spring=180gram, then heavy canvas then lite then back to the summer rug again

Although next winter Im thinking of having him better rugged as he may be clipped, so he will be in 180gram overtop, 200gram underrug, and a wool by his skin.
    08-05-2009, 06:21 PM
My horse gets a blanket when it starts raining a lot. Mostly because she HATES getting rained on, and won't go outside if it's raining and she doesn't have her blankie on. She's quite the princess. =]

If she is shaved, she usually has a sheet or another blanket on her, especially at night. It doesn't get too cold here, at least nothing that a horse can't handle.

My new filly is going to have to go blanket-less this winter though, I can't afford to go buy her a blanket that she will only fit into THIS winter.
    08-05-2009, 06:29 PM
I 'm not a promoter of blanketing a horse. I believe that it is about proper feeding and proper care to promote a healthy thick coat for the cold seasons.

Now there are certain cercumstances where a horse should be rugged - when clipped during the winter months, left with no coat at all, they need to be rugged.

Horses who are left in a stall for the majority of the time, so they don't get to grow a proper coat - shoud be rugged during turnout during the cold weather.

And horses, no matter how hard you try to promote healthy coat growth - need to be rugged during cold weather. I had 1 TB like that, no matter how much she was fed and how many round bales she was able to stuff her face into - I couldn't get that coat to grow. I went out to the pasture to see her the next day after our first snowfall during the night, and she was standing under a tree shaking and shivering - so I blanketed her. She was just a horse who needed the extra help.

The majority of horses I've owned, rarely needed to be blanketed. Nelson used to be blanketed by his previous owner when out at the Eventing Barn/Fox Hunting Barn where he was at for 3 years. When we moved last summer, I thought I was going to have to blanket him, but I gave his coat a chance to grow - and grow it did. He was a fuzzy rolly polly all winter. Didn't need it at all.

I have 4 blankets though, stored away in my tack trunk for just in cases.

I feel sorry for horses who are rugged all year round, especially in the summer.
    08-05-2009, 06:44 PM
I leave it up to my horses if they are going to need a blanket or not.
Last winter they grew in a lot of hair and was fine when they were outside. Though they did spend the night in a barn.

If they don't have a thick coat and show signs of being cold (shaking/shivering/losing weight) I will blanket them.

If they are old or sick I will blanket (though my 2 are young and in good health)
    08-05-2009, 07:15 PM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    

I feel sorry for horses who are rugged all year round, especially in the summer.

Its the norm here, and its not like he's rugged up 24/7, but he bleaches and gets cold and he's a poor doer so gota keep him rugged up heavy, can come meet him if you like, he's happy and healthy as is every other horse in newzealand who is covered all year round
    08-05-2009, 07:17 PM
Sure, you pay for the plane tickets and I will be on my way.
    08-05-2009, 07:27 PM
It was the norm for my horses in Australia too, especially since we rode all year around.

Thanks for everyone's replies!

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