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post #11 of 50 Old 01-10-2014, 04:00 PM
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We had freezing fog which gave us a lovely "icing"!

Ella has the thickest coat of all my horses
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April has the thinnest

april in freeze '13.jpg

But the "frosting" allowed me to see the long guard hairs all over their bodies, something I had not noticed before.

Even though April has a short coat, she has done really well without her coat and I have yet to see her shiver this winter.
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post #12 of 50 Old 01-10-2014, 04:14 PM
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We had a mule born at the end of August. We were worried that he would lose his baby coat and not have a good coat for winter. His coat was shedding and short when it got cold. We threw a blanket on him which the vet recommended too. Today was the first nice day so I took his blanket off.

I was shocked at how long his coat was. It was longer than any of the other horses.


we have a couple horses that don't seem to get a winter coat at all. They look just as sleek as in the summer. If you rub their coat backwards, the hair is thick but just short. The rest are like wooly mammoths.
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post #13 of 50 Old 01-10-2014, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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The only wrench that gets thrown into the works are horses who are worked during the cold months. Then, you have to take more assertive action. If a horse sweats, it is from the inside out and it really can be a health hazard.

I had a field hunte that I had trace clipped. We had a particularly fast hunt and, when we were done, she was very wet from sweat. I blanketed her and loaded her in the trailer. By the time I got back to the barn, she was shivering BADLY. Luckily we had heat lamps in the wash stall and I was able to warm and dry her. If she had been unclipped, it would have taken forever to dry her out.

A horse in the wild would, probably, have avoided getting sweaty at all costs.
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post #14 of 50 Old 01-10-2014, 04:42 PM
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Hmmm, interesting idea. Does it still work on Arabs who don't grow much of a coat?
I believe arabs do grow less of a coat than other breeds.

Last year, I used to board my two Quarter Horses privately with a retired couple. They had 4 Arabian horses of their own.

There was many instances where I'd come out to visit my horses, who were furry and content with the cold North Dakota weather, while the Arabians stood there shivering. (Don't worry; they got put inside if they were cold.)

But my horses never once appeared cold, and hers did on many occasions.

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I believe arabs do grow less of a coat than other breeds.
Don't you believe it, my northern lasses are well used to growing hair!








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Yeah, BUT.....aren't Canadian arabs also born with snowshoes instead of hooves, RM????
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Yup, means they get those nice wide chests, leave room for the shoes
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Are those fluffies full arab? Perhaps its the camera angle, but they don't look very 'typey' to me.

Altho I can't talk, my Arab has zero dish. But she's a colonial strain.

I work my mare hard in winter but because she doesn't grow much of a coat I don't worry much about sweat.
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My Arab grows a winter coat just fine.

And it's not that cold where I live, either.
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post #20 of 50 Old 01-10-2014, 10:50 PM
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Are those fluffies full arab? Perhaps its the camera angle, but they don't look very 'typey' to me.
Yup the fluffies are full, but don't have the daintiest of heads, you have to get them at the right angle, and summer coat helps as well



and this one just at a better angle

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