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    08-06-2009, 05:04 PM
So heaps of american hroses have flymasks as well? In the summer?
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    08-06-2009, 05:20 PM
Charli - it's funny you mention that because I've noticed a HUGE difference in horse care from Australia to here in the US. I can't speak for NZ though cause I never dealt with horses there.

I remember having my first horse and people being shocked and appalled tht I didn't rug her in the winter, though in south West Australia it only got to a few degrees celcius. And cotton sheets in the summer time, especially if you were showing or at pony club.

Now, here in TN (I haven't lived anywhere else in the US yet) it has got down to -15 celcius (enough to make me want to pack my things and head back to the sun in Oz), and I have been looked at like I was nuts for putting a winter field rug on my horses. Meanwhile I'm rugged up to the gills and stomping around in snow. I can only imagine further north where winter is REALLY cold that I'll be looked at like I've got three heads for putting rugs on my horses LMAO.

Of course - it's people like me that keep State Line and Dover Saddlery in business LOL.

Oh and yes - I put fly masks on my horses, cause I couldn't find fly veils (the long stringy ones) cause the bugs as nasty here.
    08-06-2009, 05:21 PM
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.

I cannot fathom how a horse deals with a heavy blanket on them over the summer months - oh my gosh, talk about heat stroke. How uncomfortable.

Fly masks - no. You cannot generalize that every horse in the you.S is blanketed or not blanketed. Depends on the circumstances.

As I said, I don't rug unless I have to. Horses are much happier being left alone if they don't need human assistance, and most of the time, people think that because they are cold, their horses must be as well - which is garbage.

We as people, have a bad habit of humanizing our animals and putting human emotions on them. Just because we feel something, doesn't mean our animals are.

Fly Masks - again, depends on the owner and the horse.

Nelson is completely bare all summer. No Fly Sheet, No Fly Mask. He is just happy as can be being left alone without all these human gadgets being tossed on him. Now if he was getting bitten up by bugs, then I would put a sturdy fly shee on him. If he was really sensative to insects, I would put a fly mask on him - depends on the horse, and the owner.
    08-06-2009, 05:36 PM
My two get fly masks in the winter. Both of them have UV protection so it protects their eyes. Being appys with the lighter color skin around their eyes, and with Gem getting sunburned easily on his nose, we do it to protect them
    08-06-2009, 05:50 PM
That makes absolute sense Appylover. I never thought of that, but the glare from the sun really does have effect on pink skinned horses. Great point!
    08-06-2009, 05:57 PM
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I try to fly mask but they take them off and then I get tired of tromping around the field looking for them...

I flysheet my show pony although, I'm going to go to congress this year if money and time permits and if they have a sale on them, I'll probably pick up 6 and put one on everyone...

I blanket the baby because I show all year around, My 25 year old is blanketed pretty early because his body has lost the ability to control his temperature. The rest I wait until the weather is bad...(I don't mean cold, I mean slushy yucky wet stuff). I keep them in stalls at night in the winter and out during the day. Summer I give them 24-7 turnout w/ access to cover. My 30 year old I try not to blanket because he has a way of getting himself tangled no matter how well the blanket fits... and then his legs go to sleep and there is messaging and manual labor to get him back up....

I don't have lights in my barn and heat lamps and all that stuff.... I do fly spray... daily.....
    08-06-2009, 07:38 PM
It's definitely about what individual horseneeds, and how they live.

My arab has a fly mask with a cotton nose flap sewn on 24/7 in summer because he gets chronic dermatitis and sunburn on his nose.
    08-06-2009, 07:41 PM
You all are awesome! Thank you for all your replies, advice, opinions and ideas!
    08-06-2009, 08:18 PM
I rug mine, but I try to as little as possible. My boy is rugged pretty much all through winter as he has almost no winter coat and he gets cold easy and drops weight. During spring and autumn when the weather is mild I leave rugs off, but in summer I put a white cotton on, to keep him a bit cooler.
My old mare is rugged when it's cold as she needs the extra help, or has a cotton put on for those scorthing summer days, but otherwise is rug free.
    08-06-2009, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
I try to fly mask but they take them off and then I get tired of tromping around the field looking for them...
Ah, thought I was the only one who did that XD

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