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  • My horse is shivering in the rain does he need a rain sheet?
  • Horses on 24/7 turnout good or bad?

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    08-07-2012, 06:25 PM
  #11
Green Broke
1. It depends. Some horses don't grow a very good winter coat, some horses turn into a yak. Some people clip. My horse doesn't grow much of a coat and loves being warm, so I blanket him.
2. Should be able to. Depending on how the stall area is (if you had those special lights or anything) or if you blanketed inside, the winter coat may not be so good the first winter. My horse went from part-day turnout to full turnout and he is MUCH happier. Stalls are not natural for horses, so don't feel bad.
3. Possibly. Being indoors doesn't take the sound away, so if he freaks out at all over bad weather, he's doing it indoors too.
4. You'll either have to walk out to him or train him to come to you when you call. Start with some grain in a metal can or bucket and shake it - make it loud, and yell his name. If he doesn't come, walk into the pasture and keep it up. Catch, praise, walk back the gate, treat, carry on like normal.
5. Only if there's no deworming or if the water is contaminated.
     
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    08-07-2012, 10:01 PM
  #12
Weanling
I love you guys!!! So here is my next question...I have alwas kept him blanketed even in his stal during the cold winters. He is half TB so his coat has always been thin and glossy. Can I keep a blanket on him if he is kept outside? I don't mind the cost of the blanket, I just worry about the days when there are really cold nights but maybe warm days and I don't want him to get overheated. If I transition before fall will he grow enough of a coat to sustain him through the winter? Or should I keep a blanket on him this year and maybe try him without it next year?
     
    08-07-2012, 10:36 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by hberrie    
I love you guys!!! So here is my next question...I have alwas kept him blanketed even in his stal during the cold winters. He is half TB so his coat has always been thin and glossy. Can I keep a blanket on him if he is kept outside? I don't mind the cost of the blanket, I just worry about the days when there are really cold nights but maybe warm days and I don't want him to get overheated. If I transition before fall will he grow enough of a coat to sustain him through the winter? Or should I keep a blanket on him this year and maybe try him without it next year?
Honestly, if you don't mind having to maintain and swap blankets - keep blanketing him. If he's already used to it, he'll probably need it anyway. The only difference is that you might want to go with a higher denier (I go with 1200 denier and above) AND it HAS TO BE waterproof. If you don't have waterproof blankets and don't want to redo the entire wardrobe, get some rainsheets and put them over your thicker stable sheets.
     
    08-07-2012, 11:09 PM
  #14
Weanling
You've been given good advice. Our horses are on 24/7 turnout without a shelter, and they do really well, for the most part. We DO have 2 horses that get cold (shivering) in the wind or rain, so if the temperature is below 55 or so and it is to be windy or rainy, they are blanketed. I also blanket ANY horse that I plan to ride, if the weather is to be wet, the day before I ride them so that they will not be wet and miserable when I tack up. I've seen lots of thoroughbreds on 24/7 turnout that have nice thick coats, and are perfectly happy, this doesn't mean yours will grow an optimal coat, but it does mean that its possible!

I have one other question for you. What does your horse normally get fed? If he gets grain at all, how do they feed the pasture kept horses, are they all together, or separated at feeding time? If your horse needs grain, or other important supplements and the horses are all fed together, there is a high likelihood that your horse will not get everything that is fed to him, and this should be a consideration. Also, a horse on 24/7 turnout generally needs more feed to maintain body temperature.
     
    08-08-2012, 11:02 AM
  #15
Foal
Thats the way the horses I have always owned lived. My family the same way. Horses only ate grass and hay and thrived. Now I believe in grain if you are working them hard, but for the most part a good hay will do what you need.

The only reason I can't think to keep a horse in a stall is if you are competing/showing them and working them everyday or if their is an injury and you need to control the environment.
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