Originally Posted by lovexlaugh
Okay, so this question has always bothered me. How often should horses be rugged? How cold is "cold enough" to rug? I live in Australia, in quite a hot climate. The coldest it gets is about 7 degrees celcius in Winter. Every horse owner I've spoken to has different opinions: some people don't rug at all, some people rug every night. Just wondering what everyone else does?
What state are you in? The temp varies so much from state to state... what is fine in QLD prob wouldn't be fine in Tas.
I am in Perth and I have 2 "hot" horses. They have been naked all summer and are still out naked in the paddock 24/7 now. It's been getting down to about 17-18 degrees at night but is still humid, so if I put a rain sheet on them, they would be sweaty as by morning.
I tend not to rug a lot compared to others over here. Both mine are fine in a med fill Weatherbeeta Orican(? I think - names have changed... Anyway it's now called the Weatherbeeta Original 600D Combo) and a cotton underneath all winter. They both have a hunter clip. If I lived furthere north or further south, I would reasses depending on the temperatures and how well they were coping.
I have friends who have their horses in cottons and 2 woollen rugs even though they are stabled at nights.