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post #11 of 13 Old 06-09-2014, 04:08 PM
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I wish I had rugs for all my guys this last winter, we had 3 months of hurricane/gale force wind and rain without so much of an hour without. It is the only times in the 6 years I have had the shetlands that I have seen every single one shiver at the same time and these little guys have been bred up here for generations.

That said even up here I don't rug up here we are in the Sub Arctic only 400 miles from the Arctic circle, thankfully we rarely get blow freezing (with out wind chill) but with wind chill it regularly gets bellow freezing as in -20oC. Right now we are having a flaming heat wave for the last few days it is been between 16oC-23.5oC and the shetlands still have their winter coats so are uncomfortable and hot but with the lack of rugs or stables for them I can't clip them.

I would take the rug off of her as it will be horrible for her to carry around and wet, cold, heave rug.

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post #12 of 13 Old 06-09-2014, 10:13 PM
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My horse and many others were out in -26F and had no issues. It was only a few days and went up to single digits but point is if its +30F like you say then I doubt she needs it. If it was freezing and she was cold she would not go in the pond. She's not stupid, they survive in the wild and in very very cold climates at that. She's telling you she's too hot. She's trying to cool down and then once she does she has no way to warm back up because she's stuck in a wet blanket. Hopefully by now its off her and warming up :) hate these long winters so I feel you there. Wishing you warmer weather :)
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post #13 of 13 Old 06-09-2014, 10:19 PM
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I, also, usually don't blanket my boys until a ice or snow storm comes. They have fairly thick winter coats, so I don't really worry about it. I would most likely take your horse blanket off, obviously she is hot if she is swimming in cold weather.

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