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Horse blankets

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ZZzzz Report 20 Jan 2013 11:29

I could not answer this question years ago when someone asked me and I still don't know, so I thought one of you guys might, why do Horses have blanket on there backs when their are in a field, why aren't they taken indoors or the blanket changed frequently for a dry one or even have a thicker one?


Mauatthecoast Report 20 Jan 2013 11:35

I wondered that too ZZzzz but found lots of info. on Wikki :-)


Kay???? Report 20 Jan 2013 11:40

They are waterproofed if for field use.....its depends on their coat,,,,,,many ridden horses their coat gets rubbed by the saddle so the skin isnt so proteced.


maggiewinchester Report 20 Jan 2013 11:47

'Cos they're Wooses :-D

Probably the type of horse, and it's origin.
Shetland, Exmoor, Dartmoor and New Forest ponies grow 'winter' coats, and are able to live outside all year round.

I suppose some horses don't grow a decent winter coat, or are kept shorn for shows etc. I suppose if you had an arab or arab cross, their coat wouldn't be warm enough. Having said that it gets very cold in the desert at night.

...maybe a 'horsey' person will reply.......

*shuffles off thread.........* :-S

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 20 Jan 2013 12:00

Its a disguise.
Its so they dont get mistaken for Cows and carted off to Ireland and made into Beefburgers.:-D

Sorry, I couldn't resist it, forgive me please, grovel,grovel. :-(


maggiewinchester Report 20 Jan 2013 12:02



Mauatthecoast Report 20 Jan 2013 12:03

Sorry, I couldn't resist it, forgive me please, grovel,grovel.

No excuses here please and coming from a rustler too ;-) :-D


MR_MAGOO Report 20 Jan 2013 12:23

So they're not recognised.............and end up in T*sco burgers...... :-S :-S


LadyScozz Report 20 Jan 2013 14:50

Niece has a horse, and it wears a blanket sometimes.......... I'll ask her.

I'd better not say anything about Dobbinburgers or she won't tell me



K Report 20 Jan 2013 15:21

They need excercise and grazing at some point in the day and the outdoor rug is hopefully waterproof - usually a New Zealand rug. In a stable all the time horses go stir crazy.

The ones that have inside stables can be brought in part of the day and re rugged with an inside rug/blanket. If they are really wet when brought in then you can thatch them with straw under the rug to dry them out. Then the owner has the problem of drying the outside New Zealand rug!!! Nightmare - A wet coat is bad enough.

Hardy native breeds don't need a rug usually , but we even had one made for our donkey as they are not waterproof. She followed the horse outside to graze in all weathers!


Mayfield Report 20 Jan 2013 15:24

It might be a good idea for a company to distribute free warm horse blankets with advertising on where they can be seen from the main road.

Like Nike, Millets, or Ford perhaps not Tesco though.



K Report 20 Jan 2013 15:34

Advertising an interesting idea but by the time my horses had finished rolling in the mud it was often difficult to tell the colour of the rug let alone any writing :-D

The rugs used to cost £30-£60, I can imagine they are £100 now!

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 21 Jan 2013 07:22

Coincidentally Lidl have some horse fleeces and saddle pads on sale from Thursday. Not waterproof tho, I don't think.