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#1 xcanchaserchicx

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 03:45 PM

Last week it rained a good amount here and my friend wanted to put a blanket on her when she was wet on her hindquarters and back. I adviced her not to because I thought she wouldn't be comfortable with having a waterproof blanket on while being wet. Then my friend asked if she would just dry with it on and I didn't have an answer. So that's my question: would it be okay to put a waterproof blanket on a horse that is already visibly wet on their back and hindquarters? Like would they dry?
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 04:02 PM

If my mare is wet and cold I put one of my non-waterproof blankets on. The body heat under the blanket drys her and the blanket. If the blanket stays wet I might switch to another one but I can't say that I have truely had a problem with that.

My mare has never had any rubbing issues from having a blanket on a wet body but I can't guarantee that it will be the same for every horse.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 04:08 PM

Well, the issue with putting a non-waterproof blanket on was that it was still drizzling.
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 04:08 PM

A wool cooler is the thing to put on to dry her. After the water condenses on top of that cooler, remove it and, if still wet. add another dry one til dry.

I can't see putting a waterproof blanket on since the condensation can't permiate it very well. I would think the horse would stay wet a long time and that can contribute to rain rot.
Warm and moist promotes fungal growth.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 05:58 PM

What I would do is somehow get the horse dry first. I'm a little paranoid about putting a blanket on a wet horse, and then getting fungus (rain rot) growing.
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 07:03 PM

Sorry, I didn't know you were talking about placing the blanket on when it is still raining.

I've never had an issue with rain rot or any other fungal issue when I've put a blanket on a wet horse. It might be the environment I live in since it is always humid/moist here. It could be the horse too, some more easily get fungus than others.

If your horse has a normal body temperature it should dry itself and the blanket with the heat. I've NEVER had a horse not dry.

If you can't decide for sure I'd just test it out.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 07:57 PM

Thank you guys for the replies! Its been boggling my mind since my friend posed the question. LOL I guess next time I'll tell her it wont hurt.

Though to be precausionary, what are the first indication of rain rot?
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 08:11 PM

Just a few days ago i went out to feed and we'd had a wet snowfall. Tess was wearing her light weight blanket that is not waterproof. She was wet under the blanket and it was soaked through. So i removed that blanket and got her wool lined heavy duck (canvas) blanket. Waterproof, with a wool liner to "wick' the moisture away. She was dry when i checked her two hrs later.

And that's why i always keep one of those blankets around...old, beat up, ugly, but worth it! It was a little small on her so her butt stuck out (LOL) but it did the job.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 07:59 AM

I like what Bumper said about the extra blanket just in case.

Well, I'm not the best at explaining so here is a page on rain rot and a picture of a EXTREME case:

http://www.equusite....thRainRot.shtml

http://img.photobuck...ix/DSC00008.jpg


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