TO RUG OR NOT TO RUG

TO RUG OR NOT TO RUG

Should horses be rugged?

Excerpt from Horsemanship Journal - Issue 5, 2015

Your Thoughts

A recent survey was conducted by Western Horse UK and Horsemanship Journal which included questions about rugging. Of the 114 respondents, 65 % felt that horses were often over-rugged whereas, only 4 % felt horses were often under-rugged. 20% believed horses were both often over-rugged and under-rugged and 4 % believed that they were neither. The remaining 7 % did not know.

When asked if they rug their horses to prevent a thick coat for showing, 32 % said they did, 27 % said they did sometimes but 41 % said they did not. Furthermore, 45 % of respondents said they find it hard to find well-fitting rugs and 37 % said they sometimes find it hard. Only 18 % replied that they did not find it hard to find well-fitting rugs.

It is worth noting that only 4 % had reported that their horses were always stabled and only 11 % were always turned out. 84 % said that their horses were both stabled and tuned out.

Many people choose to rug there horses, whereas others are firmly against it. 

 

CAN YOUR HORSE READ YOUR THOUGHTS?

CAN YOUR HORSE READ YOUR THOUGHTS?