Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Range, WI
I live in Northern Wisconsin. My horses have the choice of being inside or out in the pasture during the winter. We get some serious cold weather and some big blizzards. 99% of the time, they're outside.
The only time we ever had an issue was with a horse we bought in January that was used to being stalled nights. He hadn't grown a proper winter coat and we did have to use caution with him with cold weather. As the previous poster mentioned, freezing rain is a big concern, and with him we had to be careful to bring him in if there was a cold, freezing rain.
I also tend to see issues in horses that are blanketed a lot. You really can't beat Mother Nature for creating the perfect winter coat, but when horses are blanketed a lot that coat doesn't grow in the way it should. Unless there is some reason the horse isn't growing a proper winter coat, a blanket should not be necessary.
The bigger concern for pasture boarding is actually summer: mine are inside most of the day to get out of the flies.