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post #1 of 20 Old 01-10-2011, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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how do you stop your horse from ripping its blanket?!

I have a goofy, coming 7 year old, Appendix QH gelding. He is forever ripping his blankets ... it seems like he does it just to be spiteful! I bought a brand new rain sheet last fall, he wore it a few times .. and now it looks like an attack dog got to it! I haven't found anything yet to make him stop!
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I have a goofy, coming 7 year old, Appendix QH gelding. He is forever ripping his blankets ... it seems like he does it just to be spiteful! I bought a brand new rain sheet last fall, he wore it a few times .. and now it looks like an attack dog got to it! I haven't found anything yet to make him stop!
they make bitter apple for dogs, i wonder if you can spray that on his blanket, it's basically rubbing alcohol, they may make something like that specifically for horses i'm not sure, i don't have that problem luckily
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Find out why he is doing this. He is probably bored. Maybe you can put him in a different pasture with other pasturemates to keep him entertained; Hope this helps.
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If he's pastured with or near other horses they are likely the ones causing the trouble. Horses tend to bite each other a lot, even just playful nips. There's stuff that you can get for when your horses legs have to be wrapped (I can't remember the name right now) but you have to be very careful not to get it in your mouth or eyes.

I've also heard that hot sauce can work with some horses. I tried it once but they just stood there licking it off.

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Find out why he is doing this. He is probably bored. Maybe you can put him in a different pasture with other pasturemates to keep him entertained; Hope this helps.

He is out with 3 mares and 2 other geldings. I had thought about him being bored, so got some jolly balls .. and he just stands there looking at them, and walks away!
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If he's pastured with or near other horses they are likely the ones causing the trouble. Horses tend to bite each other a lot, even just playful nips. There's stuff that you can get for when your horses legs have to be wrapped (I can't remember the name right now) but you have to be very careful not to get it in your mouth or eyes.

I've also heard that hot sauce can work with some horses. I tried it once but they just stood there licking it off.


It used to be him and another young gelding would rip each other blankets apart, but that gelding is gone, and none of the others will go near him ( hes a bit of a cranky pants ). I know its him ripping it, because i stood on the deck and watched him rip it once i had it on him. I tried hot sauce too, and he still did it!
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This is just some of his handiwork .. * rolls eyes *
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Wow, that's really bad. Would it be possible to take it in and get it patched? That's all what I can do when Jesse rips his.

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I probably will end up getting it fixed, but it seems pointless if he will just do it again!
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What's the denier (strength) of the fabric his blankets are made out of? If it's less than 1200D, that could be your issue...
I had a 600D blanket on my 25 year old mare last winter and even she managed to rip that thing like nobodies business, and she's not very playful at all!

Ripped blankets are very frustrating!

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