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.
Last edited by tinyliny; 05-19-2013 at 09:44 PM.