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post #11 of 19 Old 03-07-2008, 11:53 AM
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Horses can accomodate to practically anything. Unless you have an older horse(s) or a horse that requires special care for a reason or another, I wouldnt worry to much about them being outside even in a storm.

Canadian horses deal with harsh weather 6 months of the year and as it has been said, most dont have any more than just a shelter or a wind braker in the middle of the pasture.
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post #12 of 19 Old 03-07-2008, 12:17 PM
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Well...my broodmares are not babied and the don't have shelter. I live in Alberta, Canada (gets very cold) and they do just fine. When they are foaling, young, old, sick, underweight, they stay in the barn. I don't use rugs either. They have thick winter coats and they stay very warm!
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post #13 of 19 Old 03-07-2008, 09:12 PM
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Well...my broodmares are not babied and the don't have shelter. I live in Alberta, Canada (gets very cold) and they do just fine. When they are foaling, young, old, sick, underweight, they stay in the barn. I don't use rugs either. They have thick winter coats and they stay very warm!
well said! thats how my horses also handle the winters.
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post #14 of 19 Old 03-07-2008, 09:39 PM
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Don't be too hard on yourself. It doesn't sound like your neglecting them to me. You said that you've tried, and that's that. It sounds like you care for them heaps, feeding and all. I'm sure they love you,

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post #15 of 19 Old 03-18-2008, 05:32 PM
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You are doing just fine. It would be nice to have the option of at least an 8'X8' shed with 4 poles, and one wall for a wind break.

I know that up here people will often call equine rescue if a horse does not have at least a 3 sided shed. Because you have the barn, which you could potentially move horses in and out of, I don't think anyone can really complain. Our pasture will have a run in shed, but does not yet. Last winter, we put up one of those $139 canvas sheds that are often used as carports...just as a snow break for them. We used the earth to build a wind block. the canvas shed was blown to peices in the last wind storm, so now they have nothing. Both of the horses in my pasture have stalls that have been empy all winter, that I could move them into if needed (and I do during hard rain/wind in the summer). This summer they will have a shed because I would prefer it.

But as I said, it sounds like you have plenty of options to care for them, and that they are doing fine as is. :)
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post #16 of 19 Old 03-18-2008, 06:49 PM
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You have to remember that horses are VERY tough. Unless it is an elderly/geriatric horse/pony most can handle pretty much anything(to an extreme).
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You are doing just fine. It would be nice to have the option of at least an 8'X8' shed with 4 poles, and one wall for a wind break.
But again that evil litte pony.

I have 2 pastures, one back one for them to feed on grass and one mud one that connects to the barn.

Im thinking im going to move my other horses to the back pasture during the summer and just leave the evil one in the mud pasture. He doesn't need grass, he is fat enough as it is.
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post #18 of 19 Old 03-19-2008, 11:46 AM
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I don't think your doing anything wrong. So what if your horses don't have a shelter, their not going to die, horses are pretty hardy animals. I live in Michigan, so I know how the weather can be. Just check up on them, especially in the summer when it gets hot and sunny.
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post #19 of 19 Old 03-21-2008, 05:26 PM
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You're fine. If you were to open the barn and all the stalls and let the horses go wherever they want, I've NEVER met a horse that will choose to be in a stall, no matter the weather.

All of my horses stay out 24/7, no blankets or anything, and because of it they're happy and strong, they get thick winter coats and have slick shiny hair in the summer, and they're happy.
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