This is just to give you a rough guide as to how I would approach rugging different horses baring in mind how dangerous over rugging can be. Buying an ex racehorse: problems to look for and avoid! rainsheet to 50g max, no neck covers. So, to celebrate their popularity, here are a few unmistakeable signs that your equine best friend is of the TB variety…. Eager for a new challenge in the school? Eager for a new challenge in the school? does the horse get sweaty or lumpy when slightly too warm? Getting Togged up! Managing young horses: based on Growth Plates. Since there are so many different types of clip, this table assumes a clipped horse has a minimum of a blanket clip. I also think that us worrying about horses losing weight over winter is to blame. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Blue text means that this is weather dependent. I would love to write a post which would tell you exactly what weight rug your horse needs to wear and when, but without knowing your horse this is simply impossible. Name and Email fields are required. Many people rug horses in summer in order to prevent their coat from fading in the sun. You may use these Posted in Red text means that I wouldn’t be too happy putting any type of rug on, but understand that some horses need fly/sun protection. I had him till he was 32 and for most of that time he lived out with just a decent rug and a field shelter, never had any problems with his feet. Also horses are one of the few animals that rely on sweating to cool down and rugs impede this process (by preventing air from passing over the body, evaporating the sweat and cooling the body). EquiPepper was born from Ruby’s love of thoroughbreds and passion to change the negative stigma surrounding the breed. The are lots of factors I would consider before selecting a rug for a horse, but arguably the most important is, are they a good doer or not? 5. they have a field shelter and some drystone walls, but exposed to the north. Native ponies with a small bib clip may not need extra protection and warmth although a thoroughbred who is fully clipped will. don’t tie them up to rug, if they sidle up to you when the rug appears put it on; if they walk off twice don’t put it on. I took on an ex point to point who was retired due to injury at 8years. He spends most of the year naked, only in a fly rug or rainsheet until he is clipped and even then, in the 3 winters I have had him, he has never been in more than a 250g and has always been really toasty. Some questions I would also ask myself are: Below you can find a table of how I personally would go about rugging a horse based on how much of a good doer they are and whether or not they are clipped. is the weather likely to get much warmer/colder in the next few hours? With a recent Horse & Hound article highlighting the welfare issues involved in over rugging horses, it is really shocking to still see this one size fits all approach to rug weights! is the horse the type to move around a lot in the field? Thinking about stepping up to Elementary? Now if this was fully clipped I could maybe justify this. If they are somewhere in between I’ve just put them as average weight. NA means that I wouldn’t want a rug of any kind on unless there was a medical reason why. I also think we have a bit of a culture now of thinking because of how we have bred our horses for performance, that they aren’t capable of keeping themselves warm any more. First the science bit. letting our horses drop a little weight over winter is a good sign. Perf. Obviously we don’t all have enough rugs to go up in 50g weights, and you don’t need to go out and buy new ones. Like any horse, our Thoroughbreds require careful assessment to get rugging right, but their thin coats and tendency to overheat through work make them even trickier customers. Should you breed a mare with Kissing Spines? HTML tags and attributes:
. Rugs prevent any cooling breeze from cooling the body. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ruby Butchers and EquiPepper with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Despite the many stereotypes surrounding Thoroughbreds, we know any owner is lucky to have one – and that their many great qualities far outweigh the vet bills and wardrobe costs. A Basic Guide to Rugging Horses . Since I can’t give you the perfect answer to what your horse should be wearing, I have instead created a guide of how I would go about choosing what weight rug to put on a horse. But research and vets say that letting our horses drop a little weight over winter is a good sign. mine are natives with bib clips and live out at 1000 feet. Scottie fully embracing having the winter off..... © Ruby Butchers and EquiPepper, 2020. Your email will not be published. How to stop a horse eating their straw bed? Think about what rugs you have closest to this weight and choose which one you think your horse will prefer. But with a blanket clip or less and with the very mild winters we have had recently, Scottie would boil alive in this weight of rug! Smaller clips, such as trace, are categorized as unclipped. A horrible day might need a heavier rug and a really sunny day might need a lighter one. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Even within a rug weight category such as lightweight, the weight range can vary massively. Thinner-skinned horses with lighter coats such as thoroughbreds usually feeling the cold more than a Welsh Mountain Pony or Irish Cob. In my mind, a Good Doer is one who needs to lose a few pounds, doesn’t get cold or simply keeps the weight on very well. Now while I am not against people using current topics for their own gain, some of these guides I have read I have found shocking! Your horse's breed. they only get the chance to get rugged if its windy, wet and cold. Your email address will not be published. One guide told me that once Scottie is clipped, he should be in a 300-400g rug throughout the winter. So much of rugging comes down to you knowing your own horse. It seems bloggers and company blogs are jumping on this hot topic to generate traffic to their website. Dressage virtuoso Dan Sherriff shows you how to introduce simple changes in January Horse&Rider .