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    12-03-2011, 04:22 AM
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Foal
Rugging Guide?

Hello, so I am in Australia and am struggling to figure out which rugs to leave on my horse at the moment with out erratic weather, raining on minute, hot the next, freezing over night etc. and I would like opinions on rugging.

So I have cottons, a heavy synthetic (200g fill), a lined canvas rug & a no fill synthetic rain sheet.

- Cottons are obviously for days when it's warm enough to have rugs off.
- No fill synthetic is mainly for hot days with on and off rain, to keep the cottons from getting wet.
- I've been told the heavy synthetic should be on when it's under 10degrees Celsius and it should never be on over that.
- So when is it too hot for the lined canvas? 15degrees? 20?

My horse is a colder type horse. He rarely sweats up in his rugs.
Thanks. :)
     
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    12-03-2011, 06:23 AM
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Green Broke
Make sure your horse has overhead and wind shelter and leave him alone. Blankets are for abnormal conditions we place on them. LIke getting them covered in sweat in the winter, or boarding them indoors with artificial lights. Or shaving their hair.
A normal horse left to his own devices will grow winter fur in the winter, summer hair in the summer. They are way better able to regulate their own body heat if you just leave them alone.
     
    12-03-2011, 06:36 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
make sure your horse has overhead and wind shelter and leave him alone. Blankets are for abnormal conditions we place on them. LIke getting them covered in sweat in the winter, or boarding them indoors with artificial lights. Or shaving their hair.
A normal horse left to his own devices will grow winter fur in the winter, summer hair in the summer. They are way better able to regulate their own body heat if you just leave them alone.
If a horse if left without rugs, yes the will grow the coat they need to keep warm/cool, but since my horse has been rugged his whole life it would be ridiculous and cruel to leave him without rugs.

If you honestly believe that leaving my horse, that has a very fine thin coat, naked is responsible when it's 6 degrees and raining, you have an issue.
     
    12-03-2011, 08:34 AM
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Green Broke
Then if you are such an expert why are you asking questions on a forum? Go do some research with some actual fact based research like I have. That includes actual horse body temperatures and heat loss.
     
    12-03-2011, 06:14 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
Then if you are such an expert why are you asking questions on a forum? Go do some research with some actual fact based research like I have. That includes actual horse body temperatures and heat loss.
I am an expert on my own horse, not rugging is not an option for my horse.
All I'm really asking is when is it too hot for a lined canvas, when should that be changed to a no fill rug.

You cannot tell me my horse would be fine naked as he wouldn't. We also don't have any undercover shelters in our paddocks, just natural trees etc. and only two horses per paddock. That's not enough to cuddle up and keep warm, not that my horse would do that anyway.
You can do what ever you want with your 'facts' but they are subjective to too many things.
     

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