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    09-30-2013, 07:10 AM
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Rug rubbing hips

Ok I'm a little stumped on this my mare's cotton/unlined canvas has started rubbing the fur over her hips. It's not down to skin, not tender at all, however it's really damaging/breaking/matting the fur. The canvas is thick but has molded to her nicely. I am using a cotton underneath cut to match the canvas.

Wither, mane, shoulders, neck and croup are perfect,

The back seam finishes just above the dock like it should, on both rugs. And the fit appears to be very good (I have has trouble finding rugs that don't rub her shoulders out)

I believe the leg straps are the correct length, standing square I can fit a hand width behind them, camped out and head down about a finger or 2. No belly straps of any kind pulling the rug down.

She is a hoon right now, galloping, bucking, leaping, prancing and generally being a fool in he paddock just because she feels like it. However the rugs appear to stay put during her antics

Any suggestions?
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    09-30-2013, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Aimz    
Ok I'm a little stumped on this my mare's cotton/unlined canvas has started rubbing the fur over her hips. It's not down to skin, not tender at all, however it's really damaging/breaking/matting the fur. The canvas is thick but has molded to her nicely. I am using a cotton underneath cut to match the canvas.



I believe the leg straps are the correct length, standing square I can fit a hand width behind them, camped out and head down about a finger or 2. No belly straps of any kind pulling the rug down.


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point 1: I was advised not to purchase an unlined cotton sheet recently because they tend to rub/ rough up the hair coat when worn frequently. I've never held a canvas sheet before, but I imagine if they are like other canvas fabrics that I have, that it is a bit coarse and heavy? These two sheets together might be a bit rough on the coat. I might try a nylon lined (or single layer) sheet under the canvas or cotton to see if that helps.

Point 2: Help me here- are you saying that there is nothing holding the blanket on but the neck and leg straps? If so, I am stumped! I've never seen a turnout without some sort of belly strap/band. I wonder if it might be that there is too much movement of the rugs over her hips and it is causing the damage.

It could also be that the cut of the blanket simply doesn't suit her. She may not have enough room to allow the fabric to glide over her hair, and instead it just rubs and rubs.
     
    10-01-2013, 07:58 AM
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[QUOTE=commonfish;3764594]point 1: I was advised not to purchase an unlined cotton sheet recently because they tend to rub/ rough up the hair coat when worn frequently. I've never held a canvas sheet before, but I imagine if they are like other canvas fabrics that I have, that it is a bit coarse and heavy? These two sheets together might be a bit rough on the coat. I might try a nylon lined (or single layer) sheet under the canvas or cotton to see if that helps.

Good point however due to the nature of canvas it needs a layer underneath (way to warm for a blanket lined/filled sheet, and I find my mare sweats terribly in any synthetic materials) nylon will not absorb/wick away the small amount of condensation that can collect under canvas.

I'll try nylon patches over the hips though, see if that sorts out the coat damage.

Point 2: Help me here- are you saying that there is nothing holding the blanket on but the neck and leg straps? If so, I am stumped! I've never seen a turnout without some sort of belly strap/band. I wonder if it might be that there is too much movement of the rugs over her hips and it is causing the damage.

It very common for canvas and cotton sheets to only have a single buckle at the front and the leg straps in Australia, I've only seen synthetic rugs (or big international brands) with multiple chest straps and belly bands. A lot of people in my area actually cut off extra buckles and belly bands!! I've never noticed rugs moving more/less without the extra stuff, even on rolling horses. Generally there is more room as the sides 'billow' outwards during movement, better ventilation and no risk of a leg getting trapped

Thanks for your thoughts
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    10-01-2013, 02:25 PM
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Ah, If synthetics don't work well for the mare, that can make bit of difference. Nylon patches might be a good solution in this case. Is this a waterproof/ resistant sheet? If so, you may want to be weary of sewing into the canvas and messing that up. If it's not waterproof- patch away! Perhaps some sort of fusible/ iron on product might work of sewing isn't an option? I have no clue what might be available to you in Australia that would fit the bill, but perhaps ask around at a blanket repair place or even a larger fabric store?

No belly straps are novel to me- but I'm in the USA, so some geographic differences are to be expected. Certainly I've seen them on coolers or stable sheets, but not turnouts. I see what you mean about them allowing for better movement, but I'm not sure I'm ready to go without. Then again, my boy once managed get out of a fully fastened Rambo without any damage to it or himself, so I'm not sure I could ever trust him not to just dump his blankets whenever he felt like it.
     

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