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post #1 of 171 Old 01-07-2014, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Arctic cold..how is everyone dealing?

Wondering how everyone is dealing with this super frigid weather...hard to go from mid 50s to 5 degrees in a couple days time.

My humorous moment this morning was watching one of our geldings take a drink outside and the moment he turned away he had icicles frozen on his chin whiskers...looked so funny! My other funny was one of the other gelding scraping one of the un (water)broken troughs ice with his bottom teeth and making scraped ice shavings and licking them up...Icee anyone?

All in all my frozen morning wasn't as bad as I would have thought. The irritating part was trying to get the gates outside to open since the fasteners kept freezing shut. I changed between a couple pair of gloves all morning because one pair got wet and when I went to get it when I was done with chores those gloves were frozen solid as a rock.

Had to hack through 4 inches of solid ice in the big troughs outside. Barn owner put together an "ice kit" of a crow bar, heavy duty waterproof gloves and a pool cleaner flat mesh thing to sweep out the broken ice pieces. Worked pretty well.

What have been others challenges?

Cold in AL
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post #2 of 171 Old 01-07-2014, 08:55 PM
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Stood outside yesterday morning for 10 mins trying to pry my car doors open so I could go to work. They wouldn't even budge, soooo no work for me yesterday. I stayed bundled up in layers of clothing, a thick robe, and my comforter all day being upset because I couldn't find my slippers. I still don't know where they went even after I've looked everywhere. This morning I woke up and was trying to make coffee when I found out our pipes only in the kitchen were frozen. Took an hour to thaw out but luckily, our pipes didn't burst. 1st time ever I've had pipes freeze up. Others in my area weren't so lucky. Power had gone out in some areas, a lot of people's furnaces weren't working, and a few water main breaks. Our electric company requested that everyone cut back on their electric use last night to avoid a blackout. So yeah, it has been a challenge for all of us.

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post #3 of 171 Old 01-07-2014, 08:58 PM
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Handling it fine, just not happy about it.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up!".
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post #4 of 171 Old 01-07-2014, 09:07 PM
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Friday the high was in the mid to upper 20's. Monday morning, the temp was -30's with wind chills near -60.

Layers of clothes, heated blankets, and engine heaters in the vehicles for us. Water tank heaters and a lot of hay for the horses.

Some other things that help are fireplaces and snuggling with someone.
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post #5 of 171 Old 01-07-2014, 09:18 PM
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The weather here is nice, high 20's at night, mid 30's during the day. Now a few weeks before Christmas the weather wasn't so nice here, -20 to -30 for about a week an a half. I know what you all are dealing with out there. All you can do is keep an eye on the water, and feed lots of Hay.

Staying warm in Montana :)
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post #6 of 171 Old 01-07-2014, 09:23 PM
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Our area lows were -13 to -18 and wind chills of -40.
Since the winters here are normally very windy, I had my barn built with the wind patterns in mind and all my critters have good shelter from that.
Except me that is.... I was nearly blasted away and frozen trying to get back and fourth from the barns.

Most definitely frozen in PA
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post #7 of 171 Old 01-07-2014, 09:23 PM
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Doing fine up here, even if we don't love it. I used the opportunity to test out a solar water trough. Figure if it can survive this it can survive anything.
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post #8 of 171 Old 01-07-2014, 09:27 PM
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Doing fine up here, even if we don't love it. I used the opportunity to test out a solar water trough. Figure if it can survive this it can survive anything.
Been following that thread MN Tigerstripes. Let us know how it fairs during the cold. I am interested in building one to save on the electric bill next winter.

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post #9 of 171 Old 01-07-2014, 09:31 PM
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Frigid, snowy, and just inland from a Great Lake, and we embrace our winters no matter the challenges! 13 yrs here, 3 with horses, and everything done by hand. Hay and sealed 5 gal water buckets hauled 3x's/day up to the horses using a Jet Sled! Despite the hard work, I wouldn't trade this wilderness setting for anything. We're happy because it's the lifestyle we love, no matter the 6 months of cold :)
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post #10 of 171 Old 01-07-2014, 09:39 PM
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Been following that thread MN Tigerstripes. Let us know how it fairs during the cold. I am interested in building one to save on the electric bill next winter.
I will! We definitely need to finish sealing it and need to protect the neoprene tube. Tweedle dee and Tweedle dum decided that pulling it out with their big teeth was a good idea.
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