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post #11 of 22 Old 11-21-2008, 02:56 PM
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hahahaha ya that's what I thought, but wasnt sure lol thanks!
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post #12 of 22 Old 11-21-2008, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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okay, thanks. That explains his wooly mammoth type of hair! Lol

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post #13 of 22 Old 11-21-2008, 04:50 PM
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I ALSO agree with all of the above posts; he should be fine.

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post #14 of 22 Old 11-23-2008, 04:26 PM
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If he's not cold (shivers or feels icecold if you check the back of the ear, as close to the neck as you can) there shouldn't be a problem leaving him without one. Unless he's clipped/chaved or has some health issue, he shouldn't be cold. (tho a few are anyways)
But make sure he's not wet.. my horse doesn't have much fur but can be out in snow and ice without any problem, but 5 minutes light rain and he's shaking.. x)


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post #15 of 22 Old 11-24-2008, 01:42 AM
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I live in the soggy Pacific Northwest and it does get cold here in winter but I just put a waterproof sheet on my filly so she get's more protected turn out when it's cold and wet, but that's it.
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post #16 of 22 Old 11-27-2008, 06:14 AM
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I read an article about why horses should not be rugged a while ago, and although I agree that applies to a lot of horses, I don't think it would be applied to all.
My mare is a QHx and grows a really long winter coat, she looks like a woolly mammoth, lol, but my gelding is a TB and has a really short, thin winter coat. In cases like his, do you think he should be rugged?
We're in Australia and so we don't get snow, but we get some REALLY icy cold nights, and I think if I didn't rug him, he would really feel it.


^^ with his winter coat a few months ago (and he is much fatter now!)
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post #17 of 22 Old 11-27-2008, 07:17 AM
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Rug him if he gets cold; feel with your finger tips at the base of his ear. If he's cold there, put a blanket on, if not, then he doesn't need it.
If he has a rug, feel with your hand under it when he has had it for a while; if it's all warm and cosy it's probably too hot for him. It should feel rather neutral.


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Rug him if he gets cold; feel with your finger tips at the base of his ear. If he's cold there, put a blanket on, if not, then he doesn't need it.
If he has a rug, feel with your hand under it when he has had it for a while; if it's all warm and cosy it's probably too hot for him. It should feel rather neutral.
Good advise.

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post #19 of 22 Old 11-27-2008, 04:37 PM
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Rug him if he gets cold; feel with your finger tips at the base of his ear. If he's cold there, put a blanket on, if not, then he doesn't need it.
If he has a rug, feel with your hand under it when he has had it for a while; if it's all warm and cosy it's probably too hot for him. It should feel rather neutral.
Thanks for th advice!
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post #20 of 22 Old 11-27-2008, 05:19 PM
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I would blanket if he's cold or if you want to prevent him from growing a horribly hairy coat. Like if you show..

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