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post #11 of 24 Old 10-27-2008, 04:17 PM
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Mine are out all the time in the summer but in the winter I bring them in at night, although in the summer I do try to keep him covered so he doesnt bleach in the sun and I try to keep scrapes to a minimum because I do put him in showmanship...

I have had an issue with some of mine, they don't want to be caught but you can work through that pretty quickly and they'll learn to come to you... I would definitely expect some issues when it comes time to catch him if he's not used to being turned out. but Like I said, you can fix that...

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Someone told me I can keep a warm blanket on my horse all winter 24/7 and it will keep his hair slick and much cleaner. Does anyone else do this? Any problems?
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I think it's better for them to be out on pasture while training. It gives them the opportunity to be a regular horse and get all their hyper-ness out while their in the pasture and not while you're riding or working.

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My horses spend no time at all in the barn. They are out side 24/7 365 days a week.
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Originally Posted by equinkel View Post
Someone told me I can keep a warm blanket on my horse all winter 24/7 and it will keep his hair slick and much cleaner. Does anyone else do this? Any problems?

Yes, blanketing is a common practise.
Now, there are a few ways of going about it... you can wait till they have a winter coat, and just blanket when it's super cold out, or you can start as soon as the weather gets a little chilly, and prevent the horse from growing much of a coat.
With the latter, you should have 3 types of blankets: a lightweight (100 gram fill) a medium weight (200 gram fill) and a heavyweight blanket (300 gram fill).

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post #16 of 24 Old 10-30-2008, 02:58 AM
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Well I can't really comment because the last time my horses were in a stall was when they took a 15min visit to the Chiropractor, and got more tense being IN than out!! But that's because most horses here in New Zealand live outside, all weathers, 24/7

But I can comment on the showing aspect side of things. Makeup is your best friend. I know it sounds stupid right? But seriously horse makeup will hide healing wounds (I mean I wouldn't advise chucking a whole lot of raven's oil over a new, oozing wound on a back leg or nothing), it will hide scars, and even normal blemishes. I used to be show groom for a mate, and seriously yes there is a risk of them being kicked etc, but most things can be fixed, or at least alleviated.

We blanket/rug all our horses... my gelding who is my main showing horse is usually rugged most of the time. I like to let him still be a horse and get air at his back, but usually he's got a rug on. Why? I don't want him to bleach. And secondly he's a big pansy who learnt that rugs were his best friend before I had him on my property... leaving him unrugged on a windy cool day is asking for him to throw a tantrum, seriously. Over winter I double rug my horses... and I also have a rug for each season (Heavy weight for winter, lighter one for spring/autumn, and summer rug for summer... and an underrug for winter too).

I'm not too sure how you'd take this, but like everyone else is saying, horses need to be horses... if I could, I'd wrap my gelding up in cotton wool... especially if he's gonna give me the antics a week before the show again the next time I take him out (ripped his rug when he fell, was stiff for days, scraped himself very lightly two days before the show etc).. but I understand he needs to be able to express himself - his very unco, accident prone self ;)

Good luck, take the chance, let your guy out to have a run of the field... it'll do him a world of good :)

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post #17 of 24 Old 10-30-2008, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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I really appreciate the feedback everyone. This is my first horse since I was a kid... I'm rusty!!
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post #18 of 24 Old 10-30-2008, 09:06 PM
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im in a rush today so i havent read all the replies so i do apologise if say something that has already been said.

turnout is probably the best thing for your new guy. he can go and be a horse now :) most racehorses are stabled and dont get the chance to run around and behave as a normal horse does. this can partly go towards explaining why tb's can have so many mental issues.

i have 2 tb's and one of them i have only had for a few days. she has been stabled for like forever and the first thing i wanted to do was get her out running around in a paddock. when i first put her in the big paddock the other day i dont think she knew what to do lol she could have galloped her heart out in any direction but she didnt know which direction to go in lol it was so good to see her running around bucking and farting and neighing. even though its only been a couple of days im already noticing a difference in her demeanor. shes calming down a little already and doesnt seem so anxious once shes out in the herd.

the best thing you can do for your horse is have him turned out. its no life for a horse being in a stable 24/7. i cant even imagine having my horses in that scenario.

the only problem ive had with it is she didnt want to be caught yesterday lol we spent an hour trying to catch her before we finally got her. hence she is not going back in the 200 acre paddock anymore. instead she is going into the 60 acre one where she will always come because she will just follow our other guys down for dinner (she was in the paddock next door to us until last night)

anyways i digress...to answer your question, i cant foresee any probs at all with him being turned out

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post #19 of 24 Old 10-31-2008, 07:21 PM
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There is no reason why your horse should not be going out. It won't be making a difference with the training he is going thru, or will be starting :) A horse needs have free time to be a horse :)

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post #20 of 24 Old 10-31-2008, 10:28 PM
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I have a horse off the "track" also i put him in pasture most of the time and he is so much CALMER!! it was a big change and his spooky problem is much better now. the only thing is he had a problem with his weight not staying on so all i did was bring him down for lunch
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