To Rug or Not To Rug - What Do You Think - The Horse Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 05-17-2009, 04:50 AM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NQ, Australia
Posts: 351
• Horses: 0
To Rug or Not To Rug - What Do You Think

A horse I have had on lease has been returned. He is a 18 year old thoroughbred. He has come home very thin and with no muscle.

My original plan was to clip him as he has a very long coat (hairs 4 - 5 inches long) and rug him, but now, I don't know what to do.

Do I still clip him and rug, or do I leave his coat on and not rug? The temps have dropped the last couple of nights to 10deg C (which for us is cold) and from here will drop into single figures as low as 2 or 3 deg C, with days around 25 deg C.

Daughter has bought a canvas rug with woolen lining and is quite warm (which would be fine if he was clipped), just not sure if he will be too hot, or the extra warmth will help him conserve energy and put on weight quicker.

He won't be ridden now, for a few weeks whilst I try to get him back on track - his feet are quite bad with shelly hoof, I've just pulled his shoes off and trimmed him up, he can run around bare foot for a few months, I want to get some MSM and Glucosamine into him too before I do too much.

Just not sure what to do. What do you reckon??

Only As Old As You Feel - Sometimes I Feel VERY Old

Last edited by Jubilee Rose; 05-17-2009 at 02:44 PM.
makin tracks is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 05-17-2009, 09:42 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: on a farm, duh!
Posts: 3,475
• Horses: 2
If he isn't going to be worked for awhile, I would just leave him be. He will probably be happier, and it will be less work for you! YEA! Lol

Jumping a horse = Getting wings!
Why live on the edge when you can jump off?- Greenwood Horse Trials Tee-Shirt
StormyBlues is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 05-18-2009, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NQ, Australia
Posts: 351
• Horses: 0
Thanks, I can't believe I actually posted such a silly question. Must have been more upset by his condition than I thought.

I mean, it isn't hard to work it out is it?

Silly me, sorry guys.

Only As Old As You Feel - Sometimes I Feel VERY Old
makin tracks is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 05-18-2009, 07:22 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: on a farm, duh!
Posts: 3,475
• Horses: 2
No! It was acctually a perfectly legitament question!

Jumping a horse = Getting wings!
Why live on the edge when you can jump off?- Greenwood Horse Trials Tee-Shirt
StormyBlues is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 05-18-2009, 08:40 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 6,179
• Horses: 4
Personally, if he is quite thin, I would rug him. I know we don't have any feed at the moment, not sure about queensland, but if he is struggling then extra warmth will help him keep his groceries.

Plus, there have been wuite a few warm days but very cold nights with chill winds... So he probably won't have the type of winter coat he should yet. I know ours don't, ours are all in doona's already because of the freezing wind, and they are still fluffy.

Also, are you going to be riding him during winter? If so, and he is out of work, he will probably sweat a bunch, especially with such a thick coat. If you are going to ride, I would err on the side of caution and clip and rug. If he is already thin and he gets a chill because he is sweaty with no rug... Unhappy horse!

wild_spot is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome