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post #1 of 5 Old 08-05-2012, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation help winter feeding rugging etc

I have just recently bought a gypsy cob who lives out, he is a good doer who baislically gets fat on fresh air. He is in meduim work and he is turned out 24/7 im not sure what to do in the colder winter months though? Any suggestions welcome:)
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-05-2012, 03:19 PM
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you could use a light turnout rug for winter but I bet that critter will have a bunch of natural insulation to keep him happy (if he is of the heavier bone type). Just feed lots of good quality hay in the winter, enough so that his weight stays the same. Feed some good balanced pelleted feed in the evening or on days when he is really shivering/rainy since one cold night of shivering can essentially burn off all of the calories he ate for dinner. Other than that, just feed to maintain him and I bet he will be fine!

I have a big foxtrotter who is mountain bred and he has a hard time during the summer, but he is a SUPER easy keeper during the winter - hardly ever requires a blanket and stays fat on air, too!

You should post a picture of your guy - I don't know that I've ever seen a Gypsy cob before!
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-05-2012, 03:26 PM
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Sounds like your guy is an easy-doer. Don't you worry about him! My gelding is one of those, too, and he is 24/7 pastured along with 11 of his herdmates, among whom there are both heavy-built drafts and fine-boned warmbloods, and some trotters as well. All of them receive free-choice and good quality hay, salt licks and also oats once a day, and none of them require rugging. I wouldn't hurry with blanketing your guy, too - just observe him and watch, how is he doing, and, if he seems warm, just let him care for himself. I'm sure he'll do just fine even in the lowest temperatures - our horses are warm and comfy even when the temperatures drop below -30 by Celsium.

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Okay that's great thanks, and I would post a picture but im not sure how to haha!
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-05-2012, 03:41 PM
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You first have to upload a picture in an online uploading service, as ImageShack, for example. Then copy the source URL of the image and, to post it here, press the image icon in the tools menu above the text input box - it is the second image from the right. Paste the URL in the pop-up window that will appear and then press ok and post your reply. The image should then show to all the readers. Be sure to resize it if it is very big, so that it is easy to view here. :)

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