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        08-06-2009, 09:46 PM
      #31
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    If he was really sensative to insects, I would put a fly mask on him - depends on the horse, and the owner.
    So true...that's the only reason I bother with Sandie. When I first had her, she got a spider bite that turned into a cyst and had to be removed by the vet! She's VERY sensitive to bites of any kind...so I use fly spray on her before turning her out as well as a fly sheet. They also seem to be attracted to her for some reason, poor girl!!

    I did learn one thing about fly masks though...I originally got her one of those pink plaid ones you see all the time on the SmartPak website...and it was so STIFF she hated it! She'd also manage to get 1 ear out of it and then it was really uncomfortable for her...plus I think it was hindering her eyesight a little as well, because she would spook at things that normally she doesn't while she was coming in from the pasture with it on.

    So I got her one of those "Quiet Ride" ones that are designed to go over the bridle for trail rides or whatnot, and she gets turned out in that. No issues with that one, she's totally ok with it...and since the bugs bother her SO MUCH when they're around her face, she's happier with it.

    So like you said MIEventer, it really does depend on the horse's individual needs
         
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        08-06-2009, 10:17 PM
      #32
    Weanling
    [quote=MIEventer;371255]

    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.

    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.
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    Here in new zealand, its is believed, that what we have bred out of horses(storng hooves in some cases, thick winter coat etc) we have to replace with human made things, I.e. Shoes and covers for winter, and as I said beofre,the same thing goes for summer, your welcome to come see charli in the summer, he never overheats, infact white reflects the sun, its a VERY thin cotton sheet like so



    They weigh like nothing, could pick one up with my pinky haha
         
        08-07-2009, 12:21 AM
      #33
    Yearling
    I live in northern Indiana.
    My horse (TB/Arab/Oldenburg) lives barely a mile away from Lake Michigan. She only gets a blanket put on if it's snowing constantly, and only because the paddocks don't have shelters. So she has no where to go if she wants to get out of the wind and stuff unless she's put in her stall.
    I've also known TBs who HAD to have a blanket for the winter because they just couldn't grow a coat. Plus a few older horses as well.
         
        08-07-2009, 12:10 PM
      #34
    Green Broke
    In addition to what I said earlier about it depending greatly on the individual horse, I think our "northern" horses may just be a little more acclimated to the colder climate and perhaps that's why there is such a vast difference in when some people blanket compared to others!
         
        08-07-2009, 05:59 PM
      #35
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    Originally Posted by AussieDaisyGirl    
    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.
    Never. We're in IL and don't use blankets. Horses will likely stay warmer without them.
         
        08-12-2009, 02:03 PM
      #36
    Foal
    I live in Maine and I only blanket my horses in extreme cold (you know when they have icicles hanging off there noses :) The are out year round with a run in shelter. They are perfectly happy without though..
         
        08-12-2009, 04:33 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    I blanket my horse when the weather starts to get a bit nippy. I don't clip her, but I don't want her to get too wooly either. The blanket ensures she stays warm without too much long fur.

    I keep a sheet on her all summer (she's grey and is magnetically drawn to any sort of dirt.)

    Every once in a while I'll let her out without one so that she can roll around and be a horse.
         
        08-14-2009, 01:01 PM
      #38
    Super Moderator
    I pretty much only blanket Lacey in the summer when it rains. If I don't she'll just stand there shivering in her shelter. Spoiled princess! Haha The only time we blanketed her in the winter last year was when I was going to come ride the next day and it was raining (so we wanted her to be dry) and the 2 weeks where we had negative temperatures because it never gets that cold and I didn't want her to freeze even though she had a super heavy winter coat (but she is older and I was worried lol.)

    I also try to keep her fly mask on her all the time because if I don't the flies will come irritate her eyes so much that she ends up with tears running down her face all the time. >.<
         

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