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post #1 of 7 Old 04-20-2012, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Winter Coats, Rugs and Freezing mornings :)

Yep, winter is approaching us here in Australia... And I have a fluff ball sitting in my paddock . How bout you guys? How do your horses' coats react to the colder weather? I'm waiting for my horses' coat to go brown, he's normally jet black but a big teddy bear coat makes it go brown... What's funny is that it's really nice and soft but it kinda sticks out it doesn't lie flat. Hack shows during winter almost make me rage looking at all the clipped horses . Firstly if I clipped my horse because he's black it will go a marble grey, and also it wouldn't grow back shiny for summer like it would of. And also I'm poor so no Brilliant " quadruple layered heat reflecting rugs " and do you guys wash your horses for a show if it's cold?

Must I say the mornings are so bad when you're going out to let the horses out and give em their brekky and your face is half frozen and the metal gates are like ice.

THANK YOU WINTER FOR MAKING MY HORSE A FLUFF BALL. I think that's why they named him Barney.. Like the Purple dinosaur.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-20-2012, 10:45 AM
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Barcoo is an older TB who never really grows a winter coat and neither does Toby, another TB. Maggie turns into a giant fluffball and I swear her hair grows longer than my Mum's. So I clip for winter and layer up the rugs. Last winter she ended up with two light cotten rugs, a canvas rug and a huge doona rug. Each rug costed under $50 each. Usually I wouldn't put so many rugs on her, but she really feels the cold and shivers in anything less. She also gets paddock boots on and lives in the roundyard outside the paddock, where she can catch sun at all hours of the day. I will wash her before a show, but only in warm water. She dries out super quick with the short coat, and she has an easy-dry rug and moleskin rug that I put on while she's drying.

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-20-2012, 01:30 PM
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I'm in Australia too and we've already got below zero this month where I am :( Going to be a cold winter.

I rug every winter, because especially outside I think its too cold/wet/windy to be without rugs. I also like horses that aren't permanently covered with mud! Also cold horses lose condition a lot easier.

I'd only wash before a show if I was going to rug. Often it's too cold/over cast for them to dry properly. To be honest though, if I was going to show I would rug all winter because shows are based on looks and fluffy coats, while cute, aren't as desirable in the show ring! I don't like showing though. Although if my horse grows a real long coat I'll probably clip her.

I just bought a new horse, so I have to buy a whole new set of rugs (crossing my fingers she fits into my old ones, don't think she will though). What do other Australian's use?

I was thinking about buying an Orican Weatherbeeta, an unlined Skye Park canvas, a cotton rug and a doona under-rug when winter kicks in. That way I can mix and match. What do you think?
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-20-2012, 06:46 PM
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I'm in Australia too.

I am clipping my horse because he doesn't cope very well with his almost shetland like winter coat, at the moment it's so thick and CURLY! He gets irritated by it and sweats even with a summer rug on.

He was clipped last year and was a happier horse for it.

This was when he was a weanling..Just before he turned 1

I always rug unless I am spelling them over winter. :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-20-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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I use Zilco rugs for winter THEY ARE AMAZING. They last forever and his rug a year after I bought it still even has its original colour and also hasn't ripped, nothing has rusted. It also has that nice padding on the inside. They do cost a little over $100 but they will be the only rug you'll ever need. You can buy really cheap stable rugs from garage sales, I remembered a friend of mine got 3 for under $50 and with no rips and tears.

Right now i just have cotton rugs, a winter rug and a show rug, and with my saved money (thank god) I can probably buy a stable rug if i can find a cheap 2nd one.
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-21-2012, 01:12 AM
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Im in Australia also, while we have gotten colder we haven't been anywhere near below zero. In fact outside its 30 degrees!

We put rainsheets (unlined but water and windproof) rugs on them because its just to hot for them to wear a winter rug all day because we don't live with them!.

In summer they were cottons but on these day's they are all naked :O

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-23-2012, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Oh wow ! It's depressing in NSW , we're getting Melbourne weather!
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