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        01-08-2013, 10:44 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    A horse will generally grow as much coat as it needs. She will fluff her coat to trap heat coming off her body. A blanket will flatten her coat. This throws her thermostat out of whack.
    "generally" is the operative. The OP is in Louisiana which is considered the Deep South where high heat and even worse humidity prevail more months out of the year than where I live. The overall average winter temp in LA is 50 degrees (10.5C). While a calm and dry low 30's (1.1C) isn't much to crow about, anything colder combined with wind and possibly snow is a bit out of the norm for them.

    They typically do not even get the winters I get in southern Middle Tennessee; I have gotten enough snow that I had to plow our 500' drive

    If the weather folks are correct and we do end up with single digit temps, I would also worry in that climate. Up North my horses used to stand outside and make icicles out of themselves and they were fine. They were also a lot younger and without the health issues they now have.

    If I were the OP and don't have a barn to shut the horse in at night, I would want a blanket on standby if the nights do turn raw and bitter, even if it never comes out of the bag. No point in running the redline on the shivers and colic. The wide weather swing causes enough problems on its own for some horses
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        01-08-2013, 04:00 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Thanks everyone. I will start looking for a bigger girthed blanket. With all this rain her coat is miserable looking. We are getting a heat wave this week, it is supposed to go up to about 80. And it is raining almost everyday and in the next couple weeks there will be a LOT of rain. This is my first winter with her. We have a one stall "shed"[as we call it] that they can get out of the weather with but it was built years ago and needs to come down. We are planning to start building a large barn in its place sometime this year[yay!]
         
        01-09-2013, 06:39 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by blondieandbomayan    
    with all this rain her coat is miserable looking. We are getting a heat wave this week, it is supposed to go up to about 80. And it is raining almost everyday and in the next couple weeks there will be a LOT of rain.
    What you have is already on my door front, except we're "only" going to hit low 70's when you hit ~80

    It was only in the mid-50's today but the humidity is so high, I was in a tank top and leggins mucking stalls. I was close to breaking a sweat - lollol

    The moisture is coming right thru the barn mats in ways I have never seen before. We live on a hill with great drainage but the ground is more saturated than it's been in a long time.

    I'm not fond of this weather for the horses. They get hot and soaked with all this rain, then the sun goes down and they start cooling off.

    I am fortunate to be able to bring mine in at night so they dry out.

    Good luck fighting all the moisture/humidity and Big Congratulations on your near-future new barn
         
        01-17-2013, 11:42 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Well. No longer need to get a new blanket. Overnight[this is not an exaggeration, I mean literally] she has become almost skin and bones. Her ribs are showing rather predominately. Will post pics soon. Two of the other mares and one of the geldings ran her all night. When my mother found her this morning she thought blondie was dead. We got a vet out immediately. She has two abscesses in her left hind foot from all the rain and muck in the fields. Still unsure of how she dropped weight so drastically. She has a wrap on her foot and we moved our round pen to the driest part of the fields which is close to the house. It's not supposed to rain for at least the next week. Our farrier [that also previously owned her] came out to check as soon as we called him was shocked at how she looked. Vet thinks that part of her size was she was bloated. Her colt is at the age he needs to be weaned anyway so he is not in the round pen with her to give her space but is in the fields so she can see him so she doesn't panic and cause more harm to herself. I don't want anyone to think we have neglected this horse, she is rather spoiled, along with the others.
         
        01-17-2013, 11:46 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Here are the pictures of before and after
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        01-18-2013, 07:20 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I am so sorry

    The other horses ran her all night because she is in a weakened state. Even thought they are still operating on the that 2,000 year old "survival of the fittest", it still makes ya want to put a bullet in all of them.

    Even though she is now very thin, she is a prime candidate for metabolic issues. Her immune system is not only out of sync from having the foal but it is in weakened condition.

    There are ways to get her weight back on without feeding her grain or grain products.

    I'd say she has lost weight because of feeding the foal and the three running her wouldn't let her eat off the roundbale, if you have one out. Even if you're throwing hay, I'd bet a lot of $$$$ they weren't letting her eat.

    That means everything she has in her was going to the foal and she is literally starving to death, thanks to the three running her.

    I would also bet that, by now, she has ulcers of some sort; those will also contribute to weight loss.

    If he has a barn, is there any chance the farrier that used to own her would take her back, at least until the abscesses have had time to heal and she can start putting weight back on?

    You're in a tough position without a barn, to where you can put her in out of the weather.

    I don't know how remote you are, therefore how good your vet really is when it comes to being up-to-speed on special issues like what you're dealing with. She needs to be on a diet that gives her plenty of healthy fat to gain weight, yet nothing that will aggravate the ulcers, I suspect she may have (grain is bad for them).

    I wish you well in a speedy recovery for her
         
        01-19-2013, 01:41 AM
      #17
    Foal
    We have three round bales out right now. So there is always access to hay in case someone(mainly the older gelding) is being a bully. She is loving having a blanket on at night. She is still very tired and sleeps quite a bit especially with her blanket on. The farrier will be out next week to check on her bad hoof and trim her. He hasn't been out much because the ground is so nasty in most places its hard to get anything done. But luckily the ground where she is is almost dry. Wish she would drink a little more water though. She is getting back to her happy self slowly. Yesterday she was very depressed looking and slightly lethargic looking. But that's understandable after the night of running. One theory we have on why the others ran her was we lost our "queen" mare a couple months ago and the "middle" mare realized she isn't coming back and decided to take over the position. But who knows. All that matters is that my sweetheart is safe and is receiving al the tlc she needs till she is better
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