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post #21 of 24 Old 05-20-2013, 04:01 PM
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I guess I'm in for it. Shropshire, you now know what Canadian winters are like. Generally the horses adjust well if we don't interfere. I have one that needs to be rugged in the late fall if we get wind/snow/rain all at once. This weather lasts generally a day or two. I check him for sweating as blanketing is a good way to cause a horse to lose electrolytes. It also takes away his ability to regulate his body temperature.
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post #22 of 24 Old 05-20-2013, 04:23 PM
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I rug my horses in the winter - several reasons for this mainly because they are in full work and clipped out. Remove their natural coat and you have to replace it!

They are clipped because when in full work they sweat with a thick winter coat and would loose to much weight.

In the uK it is rarely cold but we do get a lot of driving rain - no stock does well in wet weather, they get soaked through their coat and start to shiver really badly.

Same horses, in sub zero temperatures are rarely cold.

I do think that many horse owners in the Uk have gone way over the top with rugging their horses. I often see horses with thick natural coats rugged with heavyweight rugs when it is neither cold nor wet. All these need is a rain sheet to keep the water off their backs.
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post #23 of 24 Old 05-20-2013, 04:28 PM
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Coming on from my comments, and Saddlebags and others; in the UK I had a horse at livery where she was stabled every night. She hunted and was fully clipped. She was fully rugged all winter and had a whole wardrobe of light, medium and heavy weight rugs.

Now in Alberta I have two horses that live out 24/7, are not clipped, are worked lightly in the winter, go through winter temperatures down to -40, and of course are not rained on constantly. They are never rugged.

It is, as we say, horses for courses.
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post #24 of 24 Old 05-20-2013, 10:24 PM
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I want to continue on from my comment that my boy had five rugs last winter.

This year, I've spent money, and I have some really nice warm rugs. I really want an even warmer 380gsm filled rug but realistically I've already exceeded that in layers he has on so he would just need another rug underneath anyway.

We hardly ever get below freezing here, but poor ole Monty is cold at room temperature and doesn't put out a lot of heat. My other horse is in one, 180gsm standard neck turnout. Monty's got two, 300gsm combo rugs on. Magic would be WAY too hot in just one of Monty's rugs, and Monty's just comfortable.

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