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  • Do you rug a weanling
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    05-19-2013, 09:38 PM
  #1
Weanling
Do you rug your horse ? Does your horse need rugging ?

"Youll need to rug her soon or she will probably lose weight"
"have you bought rugs for her yet ?"
"shes just had a foal weaned so her hormones will no longer keeping her warm"
"she needs a tad more weight for winter" (that was said before she put on some kilos)
"youll need to feed her more if she doesn't wear rugs"
Rugs rugs rugs rugs rugs rugs

My horse has NEVER been rugged she was kept like trail riding horse and her weight is fantastic.
My horse has no rugs she is a pure bred QH she is a good doer and has a fluffy thick SHINY! Coat with a lovely RICH COLOR !
Not only has she put on weight in the last 2-3 days her coat is nice and shiny and she has tree shelter all over the place. You can not see her ribs and when you brush her hair so its flat you can't see her ribs at all !
I am monitoring her I take her temp every time I go down, and I feel her body when I bring her from the paddock.
You can hardly feel her ribs, yea she lack muscle but it annoys me when people think a horse needs weight when all they need is mucle and they lack topline and muscle on the hind qaurters.
She's never hard fed. She lacks some muscle because she has not been in any sort of work but her stomach is a tiny bit fat and I would not want her to be Massively fat or obesse because that would be bad for her hooves which will take a couple of good corrective trimmings to be healthy.

I will never wash her whole body with soaps because that could remove her coat oils for waterproofing.

Im trying to keep, Every thing as natural as possible.
Her coat is growing allot, and she will probably look very fluffy soon and people will probably think she looks like a rat but I think a thick coat is cute. Plus her mane is soo long and hair tail was dragging allong the ground. I don't care if she looks like a frikin bush pony she's happy and im monitoring her, but every one tells me to rug and seriously, I check her 2-3 times during the week and every day on the weekend if she loses just a tad of weight I will notice and ill see if food can put that weight back on if not ill rug but seriously !
     
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    05-19-2013, 10:16 PM
  #2
Weanling
Is this a vent thread?
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    05-19-2013, 10:17 PM
  #3
Weanling
Where in Australia do you live? I'm from Tasmania and I asked on here actually, whether I should be rugging Misty, and most people said no. Obviously if it snowed here then that'd be a different story but people were saying that if I rugged her, it'd flatten the hairs and make her colder. (Bearing in mind she was 25 and had never been rugged in her life, so her coat was a lot thicker than a horse who was constantly rugged).

It really depends what part of Aus you're in. Like the Snowy Mountains, when winter there's snow everywhere, then probably you'd want to rug her I guess.
But if you're in Qld then there's probably no need!
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    05-19-2013, 10:18 PM
  #4
Trained
My horse needs a rug & a hood after a bath before a show, because he isn't kept in a stall and he will roll, in dirt. Rest of the time, he ain't gettin' no rug.
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    05-19-2013, 10:20 PM
  #5
Showing
I don't blanket/rug my gelding. Granted, he thinks we live on the frozen tundra and grows a 4" winter coat that is almost triple layered (makes shedding a pain come spring!), but even if he was a QH, I probably wouldn't blanket him. My old gelding (1/2 Arab 1/2 NSH) was blanketed because he was born and raised in the desert where it rarely drops below 50F in the winter, so he didnt grow much of a winter coat. Whereas we live a bit north and routinely drop below freezing.

If your mare is used to being not blanketed and the climate that she lives in now is the same (or similar) to what she's used to, I wouldn't bother blanketing her.
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    05-19-2013, 10:30 PM
  #6
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It's a cultural thing. People in Australia do it becuase they've always done it that way, and if you don't, people will think you are neglectful. But, from what I've read, even your colder areas are not really all that cold, and then only during the night and early morning. Of course, in the moutains, that might be different.
But, if the horse has demonstated the ability to make a good coat of her own, then why rug? There is the issue of you riding her vigorously and if you make her sweaty, then putting her away wet can be an issue. But, to be honest, around here, it rainse a lot. The horse get wet. Wetter than if I made them sweaty by a vigorous ride. They are out in the weather anyway. It does'nt hurt them. Why would it make any difference if I rode them to be somewhat sweaty and put them away still damp? It's no different than the dampness they live in frequently from rain. I just makes sure I walk them down slowly to cool them out , and I towel off, but I CANNOT make them dry. I don't have that luxury, as we don't have stalls or dry ing racks or heal lamps or anything like that. And, the horses do fine


Rereading this, I should add that "I have heard" it's a cultural thing. Not that I know this for fact, since I've never been there. I think it came off really kind of arrogant, and that was not my intention.
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    05-19-2013, 10:37 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Misty'sGirl    
Where in Australia do you live? I'm from Tasmania and I asked on here actually, whether I should be rugging Misty, and most people said no. Obviously if it snowed here then that'd be a different story but people were saying that if I rugged her, it'd flatten the hairs and make her colder. (Bearing in mind she was 25 and had never been rugged in her life, so her coat was a lot thicker than a horse who was constantly rugged).

It really depends what part of Aus you're in. Like the Snowy Mountains, when winter there's snow everywhere, then probably you'd want to rug her I guess.
But if you're in Qld then there's probably no need!
Melbourne ! Horse came from geelong which is in melbourne. Might I add she's kept in a massive paddock definitely bigger than 5 acres probably 10 acres or more any way its massive and takes 20-30 minutes to walk accros !
     
    05-19-2013, 10:53 PM
  #8
Green Broke
It really depends on your horse. Quarter Horses (in my experience) don't seem to be bothered by the cold as much as some other breeds, and often are good doers. Then again, there is a TB here that's the fattest on the property, no extra feed or rugging, and then there is my horse that I know will drop condition if I don't rug her. And I've had TBs that I've had to rug and feed up all through winter and they still lose condition.

So yes, it depends on your horse, and where you keep it, the shelter you have, the feed you have, the level of work you do, age of horse and ultimately, your preferences.

From your posts it seems this is your first horse. I imagine the people saying these things are just offering advice. They're trying to be helpful and nice. Make your own decisions but remember advice is rarely offered maliciously.
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    05-19-2013, 10:54 PM
  #9
Foal
I don't rug unless I clip the riding pony. My lot are hairy yaks and very easy keepers. I might get a rain sheet for the older girl this winter to cut out the wind chill and help her arthritis a little but that would be an exception. I'm in the far south of western aus so weather's fairly simular to you.
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    05-19-2013, 10:57 PM
  #10
Weanling
Melbourne doesn't get as cold as some parts of the world where they don't bother rugging.

It really does depend on the horse. Misty was a Standardbred - some people say they have "light coats" but Misty was NEVER rugged and she spent her whole life obese, not skinny! (Not that obese is great, but boy she was an easy keeper!) So if your mare loses weight in winter, maybe consider rugging her OR more likely just adjust her feeding regime. But some horses truly don't need it; it is just an individual thing.

I assume she has access to shelter if it rains? (Although my Misty refused to take shelter - she would stand right in the middle of the paddock, dripping wet, looking mightly pleased with herself!)
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