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    05-19-2013, 10:56 PM
  #11
Trained
I rug with a cotton in summer to prevent coat bleaching if my competition horse.
In winter I rug because I do not have to time to pull masses of mud out of my horses coat before I ride. My horses get fully clipped in winter as well, hence they do need rugging.
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    05-19-2013, 11:31 PM
  #12
Weanling
Kayty, I didn't think of that! I've never competed or anything so didn't clip or worry about bleaching etc. I guess it really does depend on the individual horse and what you're doing with it.
     
    05-19-2013, 11:37 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
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.

To blanket or not blanket is not a cultural thing. It is a horsemanship decision and one that is made all over the world. It should never be made based on if it looks neglectful or what it looks like to someone else, but on what is good for the health of the horse. If you "have heard" anything else, then you should listen to other people.
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    05-19-2013, 11:53 PM
  #14
Weanling
Its a myth when people say day rugs keep horses cool by there sweat, I only rug miover night time, everything comes off durring day.

Id rather have a horse to cold then to hot...horses can warm themselves naturally
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    05-19-2013, 11:58 PM
  #15
Weanling
I don't put miover sweaty in a rug as it feels gross touching a horse with dryed sweat...sweat leaves salt marks, which could make them itch and cause them to rub there fur off, I tend to hose him first make sure his dry then day rug if cooler weather..9 out of 10 I leave unrugged, so he can roll without rug in the way
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    05-20-2013, 12:00 AM
  #16
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To the OP, if you were just venting, then you have our sympathies. If you were asking for advice, then here is mine:

If your horse is used to being rugged every winter at her previous home, then you should consider rugging.

If she is lacking enough weight to keep her warm then you should consider rugging.

If she is losing weight because she is cold then you should rug.

If it rains non-stop for days on end and she has no shelter, and is soaked through to the skin, then you should be rugging.

If she is clipped in winter then you should rug her.

If she is healthy and happy, keeping on weight easily, then you do not need to rug.

Other people often attempt to offer advice in a 'casual comment' manner because they don't want to be preaching. They don't realise that everyone is saying the same thing. Instead of getting mad about it, engage them in conversation - ask them why they rug, take the opportunity to learn. We are all learning all the time
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    05-20-2013, 12:07 AM
  #17
Weanling
Shropshirerosie...well said!

Deffinatley rug if the horse is use to being rugged! Quick change in routine may cause shock to the system
     
    05-20-2013, 12:29 AM
  #18
Trained
My two have rugs on.

My gelding actually has a thick waterproof turnout on, and then underneath a very warm stable rug [which will soon be replaced with another thick turnout, which unfortunately isn't waterproof yet]. He gets VERY cold, and in fact I'm sitting here at 12.16pm wrapped up in a blanket, INSIDE. My house is a fairly warm house and if I'm cold enough to be wrapped up in my nice thick winter blanket, it's cold enough to leave the under-rug on. Sunshine out one window, overcast out the other... we'll have rain later, too.

My filly is in a light waterproof turnout and while she gets a little cold in it, better that than too hot. She is from an hour away, inland, so it gets even COLDER where I bought her from, and she was never rugged before I got her.

I have a tendency to rug by default, and my filly will be my show horse in a couple of years' time, so I want to minimize the amount of winter coat she grows... she's chestnut and the red ones go the grossest colour when you clip them. My gelding drops weight when he's cold, and he gets cold really easy - a "comfortable" temperature under his rugs is too cold for him. You want to put your hand under his rugs and feel like it's a bit warm under there. This time last year he literally had FIVE rugs on, all layered up. Unfortunately most of those have been shredded since, because they've all been used on Magic, who isn't kind to rugs. She seems to be ok with a standard neck, but combos, no way - they last a few days if that. I haven't tried a rug and neck rug on her.
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    05-20-2013, 02:01 AM
  #19
Banned
I rug, I am British and it's cultural for me too. But if I had a hefty QH then I wouldn't. It's a PITA to run down and change out the rugs as the weather changes, I'd really rather not, as sometimes I am rerugging at 10pm, as that's when I can get there.

My horse is a skinny guy, I fought for years to get weight on him. And he's out 24/7. The weight fight has been a bigger battle than I can explain without me typing for an hour. So yes I rug. In my opinion some horses need it, others don't.
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    05-20-2013, 04:50 AM
  #20
Yearling
I rug my stallion because he has arthritis and it helps before that he was rugged because he has been really ill. I also rug Molly because she looses weight in winter as the bigger the pony up here the more they catch the wind. But then we live in shetland and unless you have lived here you wouldn't understand the weather apart from most of the time it is nasty.
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