For everyone who disapproves of fire, sometimes a lot of heat is requiered to save a life. You may remember me mentioning a mammoth donkey who got weak last winter? We could call the vet over that time, and he said her temperature was dropping too quickly... he told us she would not survive the night and that he had no clue what was wrong with her.
He offered us the shot, but we refused and brought out blankets and built a fire (that donkey has always loved fires. If we built a brush pile and burned it anywhere in the pasture or near the fence line, she would find us and stand by it tl it burned down) to keep her warm and stayed with her the entire night. I have no doubt that extra warmth from the fire saved her life, because her own body temperature wasn't enough to keep her warm even with the blankets.
That being said, we NEVER leave a fire unattended, ESPECIALLY with equines around, and ONLY would use one if there were no other option.
Thankfully, from all the helpful info I've been getting, it seems a fire won't be necessary.... it would seem horses are much stronger than goats when it comes to winter babies.
Thank you so very much! That's exactly what I needed!
Rural area is right... the nearest vet lives over an hour away through winding mountain roads.
It normally doesn't get much colder than just below freezing... but an occasional ice storm will get to quite a bit below. Luckily we haven't had one in a long while, but it's being said that this will be a very bad winter.
We do have plenty of blankets we can convert to foal blankets if the need rises, and we have two different choices of shelters to use as well.
Are horse foals like donkey foals in that they normally don't need any help other than to be dried off? From what I've been reading, it seems as if they need a bit more help than a donkey...