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        05-01-2009, 08:43 PM

    It is coming into winter here in Australia and as I am looking to purchase a horse very soon (looking at one tomorrow) I want to learn some more about rugging. Two questions:

    Do you prefer canvas or synthetic rugs?

    Do you prefer to buy one really warm rug or get a medium weight rug and then a polar fleece or woolen rug for underneath, or two lighter weight waterproof rugs. It gets down to about -5 degrees celsius (23F) here at the cold end in winter (sometimes as low as -8 C:17 F) with most nights being atleast 0 degrees (32F). I'm leaning towards a mid weight synthetic with a woollen under rug. Another climatic factor is that we have been in drought so not much rain but this year may be more rain as we have already had a period of 4 days where it rained (light-medium) almost constantly.
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        05-01-2009, 09:47 PM
    Blanket/rug needs really depend on the horse. I have some that are naked in the coldest of weather (as cold as it gets by you) without issue. I have others that have been triple layered to stay warm. It all depends on the individual horse as far as I'm concerned. In my experience, the Rambo/Rhino brand is well worth the money, as any Rambo or Rhino I have ever owned has outlasted all my other blankets and then some.

    As I can't always afford the Rambos, I do use other brands and have found that many "knock-offs" are just as good as Weatherbeetas and other brands out there. I don't like the canvas duck rugs as I find them not as breathable and heavier (weight wise) which can be uncomfortable for some horses to carry around all day.

    Again overall it depends on the horse - I had a QH that would be naked no matter what the weather - and if you blankted him he made sure to destroy it in a way that it would never go back on him again! ;)

    To each his own! Good luck!
        05-01-2009, 10:31 PM
    I'm looking at getting either a TB or an Australian Stock horse. I know that most TBs needed rugging, not sure about ASH
        05-01-2009, 10:45 PM
    I love the Weatherbeetas. Most of my blankets were "misplaced" when I free leased my horse out, so I had to scramble to replace them last winter. I ended up buying a Weatherbeeta turnout sheet, a fleece, and a midweight stable blankets. When it was warmer, I'd use just the sheet, then when it was a bit cooler, the sheet and the fleece, and during the coldest weather I used all three. It wound up being a great system! But this winter I will be investing in some Rambos.

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