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emwood1

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emwood1 says:

Rugging!!

Question: What do you think?

I am having quite a debate with myself over rugging at the moment.  Some may know, I'm loaning a 6yr TB gelding.  I've only had him 10 weeks but already love him to bits.  HIs owner (a friend) tells me that he loses condition easily and drops weight fast, so of course I've had this thought at the back of my mind and constantly worry I'll come to the yard one morning to find a skeleton....extreme I know!!  I've had him stabled for the 10 weeks I've had him, and rugged at night.  He had a middleweight on first, and then a lightweight, but for the past week he's been "naked" at night.  So far, he has kept his weight and condition fine and is always warm in a morning....I know his owner still has her 14hh connemara rugged up thick and stabled and still thinks this daytime weather (22 degrees) is too chilly.......

Last night I left him out in the field for the first time this year over night.  He was with his other 5 pals that he is kept with during the day.  He had a very lightweight rug on, more like a rain mac as it had absolutely no filling.  The temperature was 6 degrees this morning and when I went to check on him he was fine, seemed warm enough!!

My point is, TB are naturally warmbloods and known to be harder to maintain weight etc, and feel the cold more, but what do you all think about rugging etc.....I've been readin an article where some are suggesting that the horse, TB or not, should naturally be rugless to allow it to adapt to the cold/warm naturally....and others say never take a rug off a TB.......

I'm happy playing it by ear and doing what I feel is best for my horse, if he's happy, I'm happy, but I just wondered what opinions people have on the matter.

emwood xx

 

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MaesSeren

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MaesSeren says:

Re: Rugging!!

Each horse to their own, if the individual horse needs rugging, rug it. If it doesnt, dont.

 

I wouldnt over rug, it causes problems of its own, like blocked sweat pores, causing lumps etc.

 

Id rather under rug than over rug, esp when in the field as they can move about to keep warm. However, they do say that by putting on a lw rug, you can inhibit the horses chance to self warm by raising their coat, meaning that rugged horses could be colder with a rug than without.

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emwood1

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emwood1 says:

Re: Rugging!!

Thank you

 

I'm pleased I've heard someone else say so, his owner (I think) would over rug thinking he'll freeze, rather than leave him to naturally keep warm.  So of course I've been taking everything she's advised to be literal, but really, he seems so far to be absolutely fine with no rugs etc.  I've cut his feed down as the grass in his field is very very green and rich and put him out and he seems happy as larry....

 

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cmwilk

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cmwilk says:

Re: Rugging!!

I used to keep my horse with a TB and he was rarely rugged. Although he hated the rain!! I agree it depends on the individual, but i always think it must be so uncomfortable for a horse to be over heated in a rug, and it's so nice to see them 'naked' in the field!!

I agree with what you are doing and now with the weather so warm he can be 'naked' in the day  and rugged at night.

Just enjoy him!!

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aimee6171

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aimee6171 says:

Re: Rugging!!

Yeah it is easier for a horse to warm himself up in a field with no rug on than to cool down with a rug on!

 

I'd say just play it by ear...TBs are naturally slender and more victims to harsh weather than say a cob! So just review the weeks weather and just hope for the best! my horse has been without a rug all day and night now for just over 2 weeks...and is very much alive and well(and chunky!LOL)

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