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        10-08-2012, 07:53 PM
      #81
    Yearling
    We tend to condition our animals based on how we treat them. If its cold and they get a blanket and they are pampered, they will expect that instead of finding ways to keeps themselves warm and dry.

    If my horse refused to go inside the shelter because she couldn't see her pals, then she better find another spot to stay dry in or she'll get wet. That's just that. I refuse to blanket her to keep the rain off her because she won't go into the shelter. She either goes in the shelter, or she'll get wet.

    Animals will learn how to adapt to changing weather as long as you give them proper food, water, and shelter away from the wind and rain. You start blanketting and pampering and they will forget that they can cope in that weather without your help.

    I guarantee my poor pony is out there shivering her buns off. We just went from some mild fall weather to frost overnight with a freeze warning, and rain all day today. She is getting her winter coat but its not enough right now for that chill. She better eat that roundbale up and gather in the lean-to, or she's going to be one cold pony. I do trust her to handle the cold weather like a horse, though. If I blanket her, it means I don't trust her to handle herself right in this weather. But I do. She's done this for a couple seasons now and has survived because she had the proper provisions. She has my full trust that she'll do it again.

    Maybe I'm just mean I treat my horse like a horse and expect her to sruvive like a horse.

    If the conditions were different then I would probably blanket (ie: underweight, ect.) but they aren't. She'll be fine.
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        10-08-2012, 08:16 PM
      #82
    Green Broke
    Well my dear officially has more blankets than I have winter coats..

    And dare I say.... my dog had her winter coat on yesterday morning when we were out doing chores.

    I've consulted with my vet about blanketing so I'm not just going at it willy nilly because a blanket is pretty.

    My horse lived through 18 years of hell she deserves to be a princess now.
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        10-08-2012, 09:14 PM
      #83
    Yearling
    The horses that are getting rode, hauled, and ran get blanketed. As it gets -21 degrees here and then we also get cold Canadian North Wind (we live VERY close to the Canadian Border) also live in a nice valley so the wind is HORRID and blows terrible (good 20-35 gusts each day).

    The horses that get blankets do so because I want to keep them looking decent when hauling, keep them warm as they get lots of food but they don't have self feed like the horses in pastures as they are in their own seperate pens and we don't have 20 million shelters for our horses.
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        10-08-2012, 11:04 PM
      #84
    Trained
    I only ever blanketed my horses in extreme conditions before. But, my mare has never had much of a winter coat so I blanket her on cold nights in winter months. She likes her blankets.
    However, she is already starting to hair up - for the first time in her life she appears to have the makings of a normal winter coat! From this, I predict that it will be a cold winter. :)
         
        10-09-2012, 01:13 AM
      #85
    Weanling
    I went to the masseuse a while ago and she explained that I might be having neck/head aches because the window is above my head and I leave it open a lot. She said that the random drop in temperature makes my muscles tense up which causes me to be stiff and sore. It makes quite a lot of sense to me. This is part of the reason why I blanket is to make sure my horse's muscles stay at a constant temperature.. I at least try to accomplish that although I am limited to it.

    I haven't been quite as on top of it because I am not competing. So I just make sure when I go to ride they are warmed up enough before doing any real work. =]


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    Originally Posted by NBEventer    
    I blanket for a few different reasons.

    One is, a horse that doesn't get blanketed grows a huge coat, which is great. However when you ride a horse with a big heavy coat it sweats. And when it sweats it can give them a big chill and even make them sick.

    I seem to always end up having the horse that shivers its weight off. It is bitter nasty cold here. I spend a lot of money to keep weight on my show horses. I am not going to stand and watch them shiver the weight off.

    I have boarded in heated barns with heated indoor arenas. When they are inside they have a light stable sheet. When they get turned out they have big heavy blankets with hoods. If they didn't they would freeze outside.

    Plus I wont deny it makes life a heck of a lot easier for me in the end.

    Using the "they have no blankets when they are in the wild" argument doesn't work. Horses in the wild do not live nearly as long as they do when domesticated.

    Its just another one of those things that either works for you or doesn't. Just like the barefoot vs shoes, bitless vs bit etc etc...
         
        10-09-2012, 04:30 AM
      #86
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by MySerenity    
    My one horses trainer texted me today and asked when I was bringing her blankets and sheets out to the barn. I responded that I wasn't because she was living outside this winter so I didn't see a need for it. She was all shocked and texted back "you aren't going to blanket her at all!!"

    When I was a kid were horses tougher? I didn't own a blanket for my horses until I started doing a spring clip job for showing. They looked like wooly mammoths, lived outside and were never cold.

    Even now, I don't blanket my minis. (I have blankets for them for the 4 days a year that they shiver, but they take them off so I don't bother anymore). I blanket my 31 year old but only when it gets really cold or windy.

    So just out of curiosity. If you have a healthy horse that isn't showing, do you blanket? Am I the weird one?
    no I don't blanket my horse unless it is really cold I somtimes blanket my 25 yr old when it is cold but I agree if it is not cold they don't need them if they are not clipped
         
        10-09-2012, 09:16 AM
      #87
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Copperhead    
    We tend to condition our animals based on how we treat them. If its cold and they get a blanket and they are pampered, they will expect that instead of finding ways to keeps themselves warm and dry.

    If my horse refused to go inside the shelter because she couldn't see her pals, then she better find another spot to stay dry in or she'll get wet. That's just that. I refuse to blanket her to keep the rain off her because she won't go into the shelter. She either goes in the shelter, or she'll get wet.

    Animals will learn how to adapt to changing weather as long as you give them proper food, water, and shelter away from the wind and rain. You start blanketting and pampering and they will forget that they can cope in that weather without your help.

    I guarantee my poor pony is out there shivering her buns off. We just went from some mild fall weather to frost overnight with a freeze warning, and rain all day today. She is getting her winter coat but its not enough right now for that chill. She better eat that roundbale up and gather in the lean-to, or she's going to be one cold pony. I do trust her to handle the cold weather like a horse, though. If I blanket her, it means I don't trust her to handle herself right in this weather. But I do. She's done this for a couple seasons now and has survived because she had the proper provisions. She has my full trust that she'll do it again.

    Maybe I'm just mean I treat my horse like a horse and expect her to sruvive like a horse.

    If the conditions were different then I would probably blanket (ie: underweight, ect.) but they aren't. She'll be fine.
    My friend had that approach with her mare last year and it got the worst case of rain scald and mud fever ever
    Basically they have no common sense to survive in the wild because the conditions you are keeping the horse in isn't the same as living in a feral herd. They see standing out in all weather a safer option than being in the scarey shelter out of sigh of their buddies - now that is basic herd instinct where survival is safety in numbers
         
        10-09-2012, 09:21 AM
      #88
    Green Broke
    I'd love someone to come and tell Reeco that he couldnt have a rug on!

    He does not grow a winter coat and this year in the height of summer on a glorious is slightly windy day I picked him up from the vets and as I was getting him ready to load he started shaking, I had the vets look at him as I thought he was having a drug reaction or something. They were very concerned but couldnt find anything that could be causing it. I popped a rug on him whilst one of the vets went to get the senior vet and within 5 mins he had stopped shaking!
    Total and utter wuss!!
         
        10-09-2012, 09:32 AM
      #89
    Weanling
    I rug my guys. One is clipped and the other is soft.
         
        10-09-2012, 09:39 AM
      #90
    Green Broke
    Copperhead, I'd perfer my horses not to suffer in anyway.

    In the wild horses would huddle together under trees to keep warm, if they couldnt keep warm they would die end of. They also would not stand alone in a shelter as that means being isolated from the herd and also could lead to death. Horses very very rarely go into caves (AKA field shelters) because thier instincts scream at them that that is where the predators live!

    Humans have bred out a lot of natural survival machanisms out of horses and we have removed thier ability to roam over hundreds/thousands of acres to find the best spot out of the weather.

    If a horse is shivering then it is not coping and needs warming up and looking after.

    Personaly I do think you are being mean, verging on cruel perticularly as you know the horse is miserable and don't seem to give a ****
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