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        08-05-2009, 06:48 PM
      #11
    Trained
    I rug my horses in the summer, but less for appearance reasons than health reasons. One is we have a lot of insects, and bitey ones, so a rug keeps them from getting bitten. A bis issue with my old horse who used to come up in lumps.

    Also, a white cotton actually keeps sun OFF them in summer, and aids with cooling, not just preventing bleaching.

    In winter, myhorses work too much for it to be healthy for them to have a full winter coat. My secondary riding horses are rugged, and my main riding horse is clipped and rugged. Sometimes the secondary horses get a strip clip, just the bottom of the neck and the girth area.

    If all I was doing was pleasure riding and not too hard, then I probably wouldn't rug in winter. But because I ride long, full two/three day weekend competitions, it's better for my horses health to have less of a coat.
         
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        08-05-2009, 06:57 PM
      #12
    Trained
    *Forgot to add, they always get time without rugs to roll and play when the weather is good.
         
        08-05-2009, 06:59 PM
      #13
    Trained
    I notice the terminology differs from the you.S/Canada and Australia and NZ -

    Wild_Spot, when you say you rug in the summer to keep bugs off, here we call those Fly Sheets. Is that what you are talking about? Many here use Fly Sheets to help ward off the insects in the summer, but the fly sheets are lightweight and very breathable *depending on brand*
         
        08-05-2009, 07:26 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    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.
    That's exactly how my TB is!

    In the spring/fall my horse wears either a sheet, midweight or sheet w/ a light stable blanket underneath. Then in the winter he gets a heavyweight blanket with a neck cover. However we do take the neck cover off on those warmer winter days. I'm also out at the barn almost everyday so he gets a few hours without his blanket on atleast every other day.

    Also, in the summer my horse gets lumps from fly bites so he wears a fly sheet with neck cover and leg wraps to prevent that during the really buggy days. Although he's only worn his fly sheet about ten times this summer, the flies haven't been bad at all this summer. I usually keep the fly boots on him when he's out during the day because he stomps whenever a fly lands on him and goes lame or loses a shoe from stomping.
         
        08-05-2009, 07:59 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    My horse is never rugged, he lives outdoors even in -40c and he doesn't go in a stall unless he's injured. The only time he gets a rug is in the winter I'll throw a cooler on him after work and that's only if he's wet.
         
        08-05-2009, 08:46 PM
      #16
    Trained
    We have fly sheets, which are a mesh kind of fabric? But every one i've tried disturbs the hair, rubs a lot and is a horrible fit. I haven't been able to find any good quality ones. Plus, they seem to let amazing amounts of dust through! Because I show that is a consideration.

    I use cotton rugs in summer. They are quite thin, don't let sun through, and keep bugs off.
         
        08-05-2009, 10:07 PM
      #17
    Trained
    I don't even own a horse blanket. The only time I've *ever* used a blanket was when one of my horses was in shock from internal injuries. They are outside 24/7 with shelter in Northern Ontario.
         
        08-06-2009, 03:55 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Its quite wierd and different, I find, that even tho is warmer here, basicly ever horse, and I mean almost EVER horse around nz and auz(atleast the ridden and horse people owned ones) are rugged up all winter, and probibly all year here, but not in america etc were its colder/hotter

    Like alot of people have this type of thing going=

    Pessoa supreme is 300grm, and a born to roll is 220grm so you have a total of about 520grm or wool under that, in -5 kind of temps (thats lowest in the night)

    I've jsut always ruged horses up heaps, its the norm here.
         
        08-06-2009, 05:08 AM
      #19
    Started
    I only rug up during winter because my horse is always clopped during the winter months as these months are when our main shows are on
         
        08-06-2009, 05:59 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    At our barn (in OH), people normally only blanket their horses if the weather is really cold (winter time) or if it's rainy/wet and a little chilly (just for some horses). Normally all you see at the barn during the summer are light weight fly sheets if anything at all. (oh and fly masks of course!)

    Sandie grows a pretty nice winter coat, so she only gets blanketed during winter if it gets really chilly outside. And I only use a medium weight blanket, she just doesn't need anything heavier.

    I think it really greatly depends on the individual horse.
         

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