With our record setting rains of late, I am wondering if I missed something in the breed standard that requires TBs to coat themselves from eyeball to tail at every opportunity Every morning I clean them off and by lunch, they are coated again My Irish horses have a spot here or there of mud, but not one has required heavy cleaining
lol I have the opposite. My TB gelding, fairly clean. On the other hand my WB/TB mare LOVES the mud!!! And she's already getting her winter wooleys..the TB still has a nice light coat.
Horses!!! He does make up for it though with his disgusting stall cleaniness!! Somedays I wonder if I bought a pig or a horse! Track ponies!!
One of my Tb's, the gelding, would be thrilled to never see mud again. Really, he will leap over suspect area's or tip-toe around. Fine with me, the mud ruins his feet so he spends some extra time in his stall.
Now...the 2yr old TB filly...she rolls, stands outside in the rain, rolls in the mud again...she is disgusting!
Yep, my two TB mares have been more prone to roll in mud/dirt/manure than my gelding. He usually has one good roll in the spring and that's it. Good thing, because he's grey.
One of the cutest things my gelding has done was during a dressage lesson when my trainer was up, taking a lesson with her trainer. It was really muddy and he decided to jump a particularly muddy patch rather than risk slipping in it.
Last edited by Vesper Sparrow; Oct. 19, 2011 at 01:09 PM.
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Andy, OTTB mare, 1984-2011. I miss you already, girl!
Before she was retired, the dirtiest, muddiest horse in the barn where I board was a little chestnut OTTB mare. There are a few other OTTBs at the barn and I don't think of them as being especially more prone to mud-coating. The current King Of Mud is a grey (nearly white) RID.
Mine dislikes mud so she rarely has much to brush off.
Last edited by quietann; Oct. 19, 2011 at 03:42 PM.
---- "You have to have experiences to gain experience."
I have one TB who will stand looking at me all irritated if 1)he's out in a mere drizzle, 2) it's windy (heaven forbid) and 3) his feed tub is in a muddy spot when he's fed outside.. Yes, I've been known to move his tub for him out of the mud to higher ground. Does he say thank you? No, he's looks at me w/ a "'bout D--- time, lady. What are you, stupid?" look that some TBs can give oh so well.
I have zero problems blanketing a horse so they stay clean. I blanket my mare because she isn't as yeehaww when she is wearing her sweatshirt, and she doesn't grow enough hair in the winter. But I also blanket her because she is grey.
Halfway through winter I will show up for a lesson and it looks like she's still blanketed. Yellow head, neck, and legs, sparkling white body.