I am far from being one of those people who think horses should be all natural in unnatural environments. (No rugs, No shoes ect) The majority of us horsey people accept that many breeds are now so far from being the type of horse that used to live in the wild that they need a little bit of help (rugs, shoes, clipping) to improve their long term welfare as ridden, domesticated animals. However, there is still a huge disagreement over what is best for horses rug wise. (I might do a barefoot one another time. Have lots of opinions on that!)
Recently a woman at my yard has made several comments along the lines of “Poor Scottie, he must be cold.”. I think this is ridiculous. Yes Scottie is a thoroughbred and clipped. And yes he is often naked at night or when turned out. However, I know my horse and he is very rarely cold. In fact he is normally very warm and good horse owners know its healthier for a horse to be a little chilly than to be too hot. As rude as I find her comments, I know she has no idea what she is talking about as her fat hairy cobs are always rugged up. Even on warm, humid days. She hasn’t been the only one though. I have had several people look down their nose at me over the time of having Scottie saying he is a TB, he needs a rug on. Most of these people have never even seen Scottie, just judging because he is a TB. It’s crazy!
Don’t get me wrong, I love rugs and I love buying them for Scottie. (Probably a little too much!) And he has plenty of rugs and spares in case turnout rugs get wet. But I would always rather him be a little cold than too hot. Especially as he is a very good doer so not likely to drop weight. He even has turnout boots and mask to help keep him clean in really wet, muddy weather to make riding easier.
(Loves his Dress up time!)
I know some horses do drop weight quickly if they are cold or could possibly have other reasons for having rugs on when Scottie might not have them on. But what bothers me is people who just put rugs on cos they look nice or they feel mean not putting one on. It’s this type of person who moans about Scottie not being rugged! Do people not have enough to think about without sticking their nose into what other people are doing with there horses.
You must have experienced this at some point! Even if it’s you rugging when others don’t think you should. Share your experiences!