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post #21 of 50 Old 01-10-2014, 11:59 PM
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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.
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Yup, and the reason I clip and blanket. If I didn't ride during the winter, she would be out "au natural" - and man did she look like a yak last year. Yech.
If I didn't ride during the winter/cold months, I'd be down 6-8 months per year.
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post #22 of 50 Old 01-11-2014, 12:11 AM
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All the Arabs I've known in MN grew coat just fine. Funnily enough the two horses I knew that didn't grow the best coat were a TWH whose full sister and half sister were like woolie mammoths. Then there was a TB/Hanoverian who didn't grow much. Neither ever seemed uncomfortable, although both preferred to stand in the lean to.

Lily took a little bit to adjust, but her coat grew in FAST that first winter. Poor pony thought I was the devil when I didn't have a nice warm stall for her to come into.
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post #23 of 50 Old 01-11-2014, 12:34 AM
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Don't forget about horses who are sick or live in wet climates. My pony grows mammoth hair, but has chronic laminitis, and when her metabolic stuff was still very active, despite all the hair, she shivered and was downright miserable. She loves her blanket and will get me up to put it on if the weather changes suddenly. The lives of wild horses are not how we like to romanticize them; a horse like her would probably just die. There's also a difference between surviving and being comfortable, IMO.

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post #24 of 50 Old 01-11-2014, 01:53 AM
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Don't forget about horses who are sick or live in wet climates. My pony grows mammoth hair, but has chronic laminitis, and when her metabolic stuff was still very active, despite all the hair, she shivered and was downright miserable. She loves her blanket and will get me up to put it on if the weather changes suddenly. The lives of wild horses are not how we like to romanticize them; a horse like her would probably just die. There's also a difference between surviving and being comfortable, IMO.
I agree about the wet, I don't blanket my guys all winter and we regularly have temps down to the -40's here. I am always shocked just how warm they are under all that hair, if you are brave enough to take your gloves off and bury them in the coat, they are toasty at skin level.

Come spring though, our weather warms up, and we get sleet, snow, wet snow, and rain, the temps may be up above freezing, but the old girl will want her blanket on some days.

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Wet is definitely an issue, if you don't have shelter you have to consider blanketing, especially for the oldsters, sick, or very young. I think that really tends to be more of an issue in boarding stables. At least from what I've read.
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We bring ours in or blanket them only during freezing spring rains when their coats would get soaked to the skin. All winter they are out in the snow and cold (gets down to -15F several nights in a row) and they never seem to have a problem. We do have one unsound/older horse who is a hard keeper that we blanket in the winter. Other than him they go au naturale.

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post #27 of 50 Old 01-11-2014, 02:48 AM
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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.
This is the sticking point that we ran into with our mustangs. They grow lovely thick winter coats and I would have been perfectly happy to leave them completely unblanketed, but they're both still in full training through the winter (yay covered and lit arena!!). They were consistently getting very sweaty during their rides and it was taking us forever to get them to dry out. We had to do a partial clip on them, which means blankets. >_<

Since the clips they haven't been getting nearly as sweaty though, which is great! It also helps that we're in a very temperate area -- it's pretty rare that it gets down to freezing temperatures.

Here they are with their clips:

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I only blanket to discourage a thick coat. Im in Arizona and the coldest day this winter was 58 as a high with a low of 35 (OMG). Darn mare will make the ponys look like they had their summer coats compared to her mammoth hair. The main issue with that is its 106-118 when she finaly sheds (mid june). She needs to be soaked daily until she sheds. This year I have had it and blanketed below 45. She has a coat but a shorter one so its manageable.
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My horse is a weanie.

That was a pun for those that know her nickname actually IS Selenie-Weanie. xD

She will get very annoyed if she is not blanketed. She does not like staying out. At the barn she alternated between turnout and stall; If you opened the gate to her turnout, she would walk to her stall. If you opened the door to her stall however, she would not move unless you haltered her and led her out.

She also doesn't grow a very thick coat...It's fine and without too much fluff, which is concerning to me.

I pamper the little brat. Makes me feel better, makes her feel better. Other horses though...Pfft, some of them are just fine without all that and even prefer to avoid it!
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