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post #1081 of 1323 Old 11-26-2015, 09:25 AM
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I don't usually bother but if we are getting continuous heavy rain he wears a rain rug and or a fly mesh rug. Not all the time but if the bugs are crap then I rug because he gets really bad hives.
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Hoofpic, currying the winter coat is important to stimulate skin and to remove dirt hiding under the winter coat.
Oh didnt know that, thanks. I didnt realize that youre right, dirt can get deep inside the coat. Ive been using the curry comb sparingly and very lightly cause I didnt want to wreck my mares coat but i guess the thick fur can take a hard curry comb just like their summer coats can?
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Just to confuse you, and it is still not FUR, hair or coat.

I never brush my old girl in the winter, just let her be as nature intended, grease and dirt, not that we have dirt here. I only groom my riding horse. One again something that so many people will have different views on, you have to work out what works best in your situation.

Remember a lot of what we choose to do is more about us than our horses, we can choose to pamper, we can choose to do basics, as long as they are fit and well, there is usually more than one right answer
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Agree with Golden on you need to do what is best your horse/situation. We have rain an wet snow here a lot. My gelding rolls and becomes caked with mud. I curry the dry mud, so on cold nights he can fluff his coat. One we hit the freezing temps causing the ground to freeze, no more mud, but I still curry.
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Just to confuse you, and it is still not FUR, hair or coat.

I never brush my old girl in the winter, just let her be as nature intended, grease and dirt, not that we have dirt here. I only groom my riding horse. One again something that so many people will have different views on, you have to work out what works best in your situation.

Remember a lot of what we choose to do is more about us than our horses, we can choose to pamper, we can choose to do basics, as long as they are fit and well, there is usually more than one right answer
Well its not fur but their hair. Im so used to calling it fur cause I think all animals have fur.
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Agree with Golden on you need to do what is best your horse/situation. We have rain an wet snow here a lot. My gelding rolls and becomes caked with mud. I curry the dry mud, so on cold nights he can fluff his coat. One we hit the freezing temps causing the ground to freeze, no more mud, but I still curry.
One thing I wondered about is, if the ground is full of snow, how do horses rest? Laying on the snow wouldnt it be freezing? Maybe its just me but ive never seen a horse ever lay down in snow. Roll yes, but not to rest.

Same with their feet and hoofs, they stand in snow all day, they dont get cold?

When I got there last night, the whole herd were all gathered around the shelter with their butts to the wind haha.
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One thing I wondered about is, if the ground is full of snow, how do horses rest? Laying on the snow wouldnt it be freezing? Maybe its just me but ive never seen a horse ever lay down in snow. Roll yes, but not to rest.
So you do know that horses mainly sleep standing, up don't you? Only the young and old lay down a lot.

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Same with their feet and hoofs, they stand in snow all day, they dont get cold?
I guess God knew what he was doing when he created them, same as all the wild critters who live in the snow on hooves or paws

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When I got there last night, the whole herd were all gathered around the shelter with their butts to the wind haha.
See left to themselves they find a warm spot and ride out the weather

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So you do know that horses mainly sleep standing, up don't you? Only the young and old lay down a lot.
Yes I know but Ive seen my mare sleeping when laying down before in the summer. Sometimes she sprawls out on her side and other times she is forward.

Its quite cute when she sleeps.


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See left to themselves they find a warm spot and ride out the weather
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It is amazing how insulated they are...the snow SITS on their backs! And the rain runs off, leaving the belly dry.
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It is amazing how insulated they are...the snow SITS on their backs! And the rain runs off, leaving the belly dry.
Thick barrels do the trick
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