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post #11 of 15 Old 09-06-2015, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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No, those Robin Hoods tend to stay where you put them. I never had an issue with rubbing when I used one.

and yes, that was Lucky. 1600 lbs, 84" blanket and a 00 shoe......perfect example of how we've screwed up their feet. Poor guy had awful feet, and back then, we didn't know much about barefoot trimming and stuff. So he stayed shod his whole life, unlike most of my horses now that wouldn't know a shoe if one jumped up and bit them. Lucky also never saw a slinky, we didn't use stuff like that back then. LOL! The guy in my signature pic, is about the same size as your guy and he wears a large when he wears one.
Wow. And I thought my little mare with size 1 EasyBoots was little! Esp. b/c the farrier/trimmer always comments to her little tootsies... but at least they match her small build. :)

It's amazing what we have learned about proper fit and care of horses as time as gone on... foot size relation to body size, best saddle fit...
We had been searching for an old school roper saddle for my husband's very thick BLM mustang. He fits Abetta wide and Tucker wide very well, but hubby hates their looks.
I finally gave up and asked on here for recc's. Every one said Corriente, so now we are waiting for it to come in....
But amazing how all the old saddles seem to be narrow gullets... there *had* to be a wide backed horse or two back then! No one cared/noticed?!
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There were plenty of wide backed horses. Back then it was one of 2 things. Either they used the wide backed ones for plowing and rode the more uniform medium to narrow ones in the remudas or they piled on the blankets and hoped it was good enough. Or they called them "cold backed" and you knew you were in for a bucking spree for the first little bit until the horse got tired and just quit. Some of the older saddles were made in such a way that they seemed to fit just about every one without hurting anyone, too. We don't make them like that anymore it doesn't seem. I'm glad we've made progress in the areas we have. There's still more that we need to figure out though.

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I only uses those sleezies for holding down a mane, after I have banded it for a show
I never have had a horse rubbed by a good fitted blanket, including one in slick show coat condition
I would not use a blanket with a wool or felt liner, as you will get friction, since it can't move freely. A good quilted well fitted blanket, with tough water proof outer shell works great for me, and I often have my horses turned out with them, in pastures that have trees. I do not like using any hoods on turned out horses, because even in stalls, at times, they get shifted around, so the horse can't see, and that includes those slinkies.
More than once, I have gone into the barn at a show,e arly in the morning, to find someone's horse 'blind' or have that eye hole moved, so the horse has one irritated eye
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There were plenty of wide backed horses. Back then it was one of 2 things. Either they used the wide backed ones for plowing and rode the more uniform medium to narrow ones in the remudas or they piled on the blankets and hoped it was good enough. Or they called them "cold backed" and you knew you were in for a bucking spree for the first little bit until the horse got tired and just quit. Some of the older saddles were made in such a way that they seemed to fit just about every one without hurting anyone, too. We don't make them like that anymore it doesn't seem. I'm glad we've made progress in the areas we have. There's still more that we need to figure out though.
:) We certainly have learned a lot, and very true that there is much more to learn. :)

I hadn't thought of it in terms of plow horses and cold backed horses, but I bet that is right.
And the extra blanketing as well.

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I only uses those sleezies for holding down a mane, after I have banded it for a show
I never have had a horse rubbed by a good fitted blanket, including one in slick show coat condition
I would not use a blanket with a wool or felt liner, as you will get friction, since it can't move freely. A good quilted well fitted blanket, with tough water proof outer shell works great for me, and I often have my horses turned out with them, in pastures that have trees. I do not like using any hoods on turned out horses, because even in stalls, at times, they get shifted around, so the horse can't see, and that includes those slinkies.
More than once, I have gone into the barn at a show,e arly in the morning, to find someone's horse 'blind' or have that eye hole moved, so the horse has one irritated eye
Yes, I don't want one with a face or neck part to it for those reasons as well, just the shoulder cover.

While I agree the wool can contribute to friction, we use them ever so rarely that I am not concerned at the moment. We also used them typically when the horse is already wet, and the wool worked wonders to wick that extra
moisture away to help the already cold horse get warm faster.

We also have used them for multiple days in a row in winter, and had no issues on friction. He just definitely has a very thin summer coat, and the wool catches it more than it would a winter coat.
If we find as time goes on that this gelding needs more frequent blanketing, then I likely will look into different materials. :)

I may have also had the front too tight, after having read some about blankets this morning. (He is newer to us, so I hadn't blanketed him ever before, and it seems to be a bit of a learning curve each time lol).

Thanks! :)
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