Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
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?