When do you rug your horse? - Page 3 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 38 Old 08-06-2009, 04:04 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 362
• Horses: 1
so heaps of american hroses have flymasks as well? in the summer?
charliBum is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #22 of 38 Old 08-06-2009, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,195
• Horses: 0
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.

~CoCo 17hh 4 yo OTTB~
AussieDaisyGirl is offline  
post #23 of 38 Old 08-06-2009, 04:21 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
Posts: 8,220
• Horses: 0
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 U.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.

MIEventer is offline  
post #24 of 38 Old 08-06-2009, 04:36 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 9,883
• Horses: 0
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
appylover31803 is offline  
post #25 of 38 Old 08-06-2009, 04:50 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
Posts: 8,220
• Horses: 0
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!

MIEventer is offline  
post #26 of 38 Old 08-06-2009, 04:57 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 22,225
• Horses: 7
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.....

"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"
farmpony84 is online now  
post #27 of 38 Old 08-06-2009, 06:38 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 6,179
• Horses: 4
It's definately 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.

wild_spot is offline  
post #28 of 38 Old 08-06-2009, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,195
• Horses: 0
You all are awesome! Thank you for all your replies, advice, opinions and ideas!

~CoCo 17hh 4 yo OTTB~
AussieDaisyGirl is offline  
post #29 of 38 Old 08-06-2009, 07:18 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 651
• Horses: 2
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.

Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail...
RedHawk is offline  
post #30 of 38 Old 08-06-2009, 08:21 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Brokenheartsville, just north of Styxtown :)
Posts: 2,577
• Horses: 1
Originally Posted by farmpony84 View Post
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

Most people are like Slinkies; they serve no real purpose, but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on for dear life.
Sunny06 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome