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        07-04-2013, 03:48 PM
      #11
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    We clip our horses so they get rugged. If they weren't clipped and had access to shelter or were stabled at night then I would get away with no rugs at all for 2 of them, 2 of them get hardly any coat at all and would struggle with prolonged cold wet weather and the old girl seems to really feel the cold these days
    Rain is the worst enemy, they cope with dry colder weather far better so sometimes even a horse with a fairly good coat can benefit from a lightweight waterproof
    I also factor in the extra cost of feed to keep them warm if they don't get rugged up, hays expensive wherever you are and when you own several horses it becomes a bigger problem - and getting good quality hay here last year was not easy.
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        07-04-2013, 10:58 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I have an OTTB and a Andy x TB x Riding Pony.

    Both are in the paddock 24/7 and both are rugged. They are both quite hot and do not need a huge amount of rugging, also our winters are pretty mild (temps rarely below 1 degree celscius and no snow), they are in a cotton rug, a fleece rug and a medium fill synthetic rug and are nice and warm..
         
        07-04-2013, 11:13 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    I am terrible for rugging, My quarter horse is rugged 24/7 unless being worked. I make 2 trips a day. Depending on the weather if it rains I put her rain sheet over her day sheet for the night, if its just cold (its winter here) I put her winter rug on over her day rug. Then I make my early run in the morning and take one rug off leaving her day rug on (unless its raining). I just prefer to rug her and when it warms up I will only keep one rug on her. Plus I rug because she has no shelter or trees to hide from the rain from.
         
        07-04-2013, 11:49 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    When I had ranch horses in MT, I never did, no matter how cold. I started blanketing because my chronic laminitic mare was so miserable in the cold when she was recovering from her severe episode, and she only had a run in shed. I've noticed that the wet transitional weather here in Missouri is pretty hard on the QH too, so I make a habit of at least using a rain sheet if it's colder than 40F or so and rainy. I also only have 2 horses now, and I've just gotten in the habit.
         
        07-05-2013, 12:04 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    My TB cross gelding is an absolute princess when it comes to the weather. If he's out and its too chilly or too wet for his liking, then he will stand at the gate and paw, and/or shiver, until you either bring him in or put a blanket on him. So, I do blanket. Generally, a sheet for rain and temps around 40-50F. A mid weight with a neck cover for dry and temps to about freezing, for raining and temps to about freezing, mid weight with a fleece. Once it goes below freezing he gets his heavyweight with a neck cover, and if its raining/sleeting/snowing, he gets a fleece on underneath.

    He's such a diva.

    But he's always clean :)
         
        07-05-2013, 12:21 AM
      #16
    Showing
    Mine is a Sporthorse and I used to not rug him but my friend prefers him rugged (he stays dry and is less likely to lose weight as he was known for being a hard keeper)
         
        07-05-2013, 12:27 AM
      #17
    Showing
    I live in Texas, where the winters are relatively mild, but we still average well below freezing for the lows at night.

    I have all different breeds of horses ranging from a Mustang to QHs to mutts to drafts to a mule and donkey...and they range in age from 1 year to about 29 years. None of them gets rugged. I don't even own a rug. If something happens where one needs protection from the elements, I just stick them in the barn where they can avoid the worst of the snow/ice.
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        07-05-2013, 01:19 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Our winters aren't particularly cold but they are very wet and muddy. I use rugs with no filling (with one exception), basically a rain sheet, on the ones in work mainly for convenience because it would take ages to get them clean and dry for saddling otherwise. If the ground is frozen, or we have snow, then they may go rugless (they love rolling in snow!).

    Appy x mare (passed last summer): don't know what she was crossed with but she always grew a good winter coat.

    Welsh D x gelding: doesn't grow much of a winter coat. Doesn't mind cold weather but hates the rain.

    Dartmoor gelding: rugged this past winter because he had been ill. Wouldn't normally need to I suspect (only had him a few months).

    Thoroughbred x mare: zero winter coat. Hates the cold and the rain. Rugged according to temperature, so nice little wardrobe going on there.
         
        07-05-2013, 07:19 AM
      #19
    Green Broke
    I rug my horse in winter, and when there are extended periods of rain. I start when its between 5 - 10 degrees Celsius at night (40 - 50 Fahrenheit), and we go down to about -5 (23) in winter. My mare is a Quarab so I don't rug her heavily, it's a canvas with a wool blanket lining, no fill. In spring and autumn if there are going to be a couple of days of rain I'll put an unlined rug on her, or wind and rain at night.

    However, when I had a TB I used to rug more. I do it half because of the cold, and half because it can save so much on feed costs, and keep condition on nicely. Just cutting out the wind can be a huge difference in keeping them warm and chubby. I'm hopefully buying an OTTB and I'll rug in her in a synthetic combo with a lightish fill.
         
        07-05-2013, 07:28 AM
      #20
    Foal
    Mila is in a 300g polyfill turnout blanket on winter nights and on the colder days. Depending on how cold and wet it is she can wear up to three blankets. That being said she's in a pasture with no protection from the elements save for some half dead hedges. She's a TB, trialed but unraced.
         

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