Should i rug in a trailer?? :)

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    06-23-2012, 04:26 AM
Smile Should i rug in a trailer?? :)

I have never really rugged my horse in a trailer, but I have recently wondered wether I should or not? What does everyone think?
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    06-23-2012, 04:54 AM
Green Broke
Is it an enclosed or open/stock trailer? How cold is it?

We've only put sheets on during the winter to help keep the chill off since we have an open trailer. Unless it was severely cold, I wouldn't put a blanket(rug) on.
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    06-23-2012, 05:26 AM
It is a closed ifor williams but has sliding window, roof ventiliation. It is winter here but not severly cold. My horse is rugged at the moment. What do you think??
    06-23-2012, 09:39 AM
Green Broke
Personally I wouldn't but I don't blanket ours in the winter. I also would keep the window and vent closed. I guess you could as long as the horse doesn't get too warm.
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    06-23-2012, 11:12 AM
Green Broke
Biggest thing that chills a horse is wind, without that they are generally fine. I've stepped into fully enclosed trailers during the winter and found them quite cozy with just one horse loaded. I would leave the vent cracked myself, it helps freshen the air.
    06-23-2012, 03:21 PM
I did when I had stock trailer and was trailering in winter (so wind was blowing through), but I don't with my current trailer that is fully closed.
    06-23-2012, 03:40 PM
Green Broke
My trailer is semi-open and in the winter I'll put a cooler and maybe a light/mid weight rug on..The biggest mistake a lot of people tend to make is that in a fully closed trailer is to put a rug on a hot and sweaty horse. Think of it like this..When you put a horse/s in a closed trailer the heat from their bodies will warm the inside of the trailer and if they have on a rug also it will just make the horses hotter. If you think your horse is going to be cold in a closed trailer just put a fleece cooler or knitted cooler..
    06-23-2012, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the help everyone!! :)
    06-23-2012, 08:21 PM
Depends what you are hauling the horse for. No horse is going to die of exposure being unblanketed in a trailer, unless it's sick or something. A regular, healthy horse is just fine & dandy being hauled with it's OWN coat to protect it, they are not baby kittens you know! However if you are hauling your horse to a show, I definitely blanket to keep the horse clean, a lighter blanket for milder temperatures and a heavy one if it's colder.
    06-24-2012, 02:12 AM
Thankyou ! :)

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