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post #1061 of 1323 Old 11-24-2015, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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OK, again it can be -50*C with the windchill and as long as they have some protection from the wind, and enough hay to eat, and a heated water bowl, I simply would not worry about blanketing a young healthy horse. To me the disadvantages outweigh the advantages
Ok I see. BUT I did and do blanket her in the summer/fall when it pouring rain. I know a lot at the old barn blanketed in the summer when it would pour out. I think just about any horse would get cold in the rain because the rain is wet and they have no winter coat on. Rain is 100% always wet and theres no such thing as dry rain, so IMO (maybe im wrong, you tell me), horses get colder a lot more easily in the summer in the rain with their summer coats, than they do in the winters with their winter coats. THOUGH, the temps in winters are much much colder. Ironic ejh?

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..for instance, my old girl, I am away for 3 weeks or so over Christmas, my son will check my horses and feed, but I do not trust him to do blanket checks, so she is safer without.
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Remember that blankets do get destroyed in a boarding situation, and it is very annoying. Now my barn is great, the owner put one of her own blankets on my mare when hers got damaged
Yes and this is what im worried about. But either way, come summer, if it pours im not going to NOT blanket her for not risking the blanket getting destoryed.

I was going to see her tonight but decided to make it tomorrow night. If I went tonight (because its so cold, I wouldnt be able to get there til at least 7:30pm cause I know the BO threw out extra hay for the herd tonight and they will be munching on it for hours. Seeing how I like to be in bed by 9:30pm at the latest, and its a 25-30min drive each way, its a bit tight for time.
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Who is going to blanket and un blanket her?

And, no, in the summer when it rains, horses do not get cold. They were designed to shed the water?
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I only rug my TB when its summer and he starts to get hives from the bugs or when we start to get torrential rain and cyclones which makes it rain for days on end.
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Who is going to blanket and un blanket her?

And, no, in the summer when it rains, horses do not get cold. They were designed to shed the water?
I am of course.

But this past summer, that one time she did infact get cold. It was maybe 5C out and a heavy thunderstorm. This was during the time where she hurt the side of her mouth and couldnt eat hay for a week and I was hand grazing her for hours everyday. No hay, so no heat inside her. I was hand grazing her and it was pouring so hard so I took her inside and she was shivering. I let her warm up and stand for a good 20-30mins and dried her off and blanketed her.
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I am of course.

But this past summer, that one time she did infact get cold. It was maybe 5C out and a heavy thunderstorm. This was during the time where she hurt the side of her mouth and couldnt eat hay for a week and I was hand grazing her for hours everyday. No hay, so no heat inside her. I was hand grazing her and it was pouring so hard so I took her inside and she was shivering. I let her warm up and stand for a good 20-30mins and dried her off and blanketed her.
Why wasn't she turned out if she couldn't eat hay, unless you were on vacation how did you hand graze her enough? Shivering isn't always a bad thing, summer shivers are fine, unless the horse is sick..

As to the no hay, no heat, we are talking lots of hay to burn to keep warm during cold cold weather, they do not NEED to eat that much in the summer.....
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Why wasn't she turned out if she couldn't eat hay, unless you were on vacation how did you hand graze her enough? Shivering isn't always a bad thing, summer shivers are fine, unless the horse is sick..

As to the no hay, no heat, we are talking lots of hay to burn to keep warm during cold cold weather, they do not NEED to eat that much in the summer.....
Yes I actually had to take a few days off work and also moved up my vac week up to a week sooner for her.

She wasnt turned out cause she has never been out in pasture at the old barn and she was injured with surface cuts on her face, plus I never let her out in any of the fields at the old barn cause the fencing was so bad (one of the reasons why I moved).
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... (after seeing Warwicks videos) about the importance of getting your horse to YIELD away to you before even moving on the lunge line (and according to him, this will solve and clean up other issues like horses that try to come into you uninvited). ... if this issue was a result of me not making her yield herself to me before sending her off the line for all the times ive lunged her in the past.

You know Im a bit bothered right now because im really dissapointed that not a single one of my past trainers brought this up with me in that i need to make my mare yield to me FIRST before she goes off on a line. ...
Just want you to realize here that the pattern I gave you a long while back, and the in-hand work your trainer had you doing that you call 'leading away' (more accurately - turning away), ARE yielding exercises. Yielding her shoulders.

You seem to be doing quite well with that, and much improvement overall has come about. Along with your other work of course. :)
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Just want you to realize here that the pattern I gave you a long while back, and the in-hand work your trainer had you doing that you call 'leading away' (more accurately - turning away), ARE yielding exercises. Yielding her shoulders.

You seem to be doing quite well with that, and much improvement overall has come about. Along with your other work of course. :)
Thanks :)

Yes my mare seems to yield away from me without any hesistation when leading her. Its a great feeling :). I am still praising her each time just so she knows its what I want.

And the best part is that I no longer anticipate it when I go see her. I just lead her Im sure she feels more more comfortable as well.
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Do you guys buy stuff for your horses for Christmas? Gifts? Christmas treats? Do anything special?

I was thinking of putting these fake deer antlers on her and take pics but I dont think she would like that lol.

First Christmas with my mare so I want to make it special.

I have some kick cookies (almost a full bag left) and am going to put a peppermint candy on top of a few and give them to her. Kick cookies sells these cookies that they make called "sugar hearts" which is pretty much what I have but has a sugar heart cookie on top or a peppermint candy.

I was thinking Id put them in a small chocolate box (what you find in a take out place with that easy to open lid), and let her get at it haha.

If I do this, I would totally record it for you guys. What do you guys think?
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If I do this, I would totally record it for you guys. What do you guys think?
Your horse has ZERO notion of Christmas, anything you want to do is simply for your benefit, and seriously it matters not one little bit what anyone else thinks, just do what ever is going to make your Christmas rock.
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