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post #1 of 37 Old 09-14-2011, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Am I being a worry wart? cold rain....I want my horse inside..

Its currently 57 degrees, raining steady and windy. I'M cold outside. I want my gelding brought inside because this time last year I went to the barn in this exact weather and he was shivering. There isn't shelter to seek in the turnouts. I'm ordering him a light turnout sheet his "rain coat" am I being too worrysome? I just texted my boyfriend to take him inside and give him some hay to warm up. But not before I texted the barn manager and asked if they are outside. I wont be able to get there until 6pm. They come in around 5.. its 2:30 I just want him inside and comfortable now as opposed to in a few hours.
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post #2 of 37 Old 09-14-2011, 03:53 PM
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Its currently 57 degrees, raining steady and windy. I'M cold outside. I want my gelding brought inside because this time last year I went to the barn in this exact weather and he was shivering. There isn't shelter to seek in the turnouts. I'm ordering him a light turnout sheet his "rain coat" am I being too worrysome? I just texted my boyfriend to take him inside and give him some hay to warm up. But not before I texted the barn manager and asked if they are outside. I wont be able to get there until 6pm. They come in around 5.. its 2:30 I just want him inside and comfortable now as opposed to in a few hours.
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Lucky you to be getting rain, wish we were! On the worry wort hand, I like mine inside when it's raining/windy and chill. At 57 F I'd probably bring them in to get them out of the wind at least. Wind by itself is generally ok, rain or snow by itself is ok but wet & wind steals their warmth and then they start dropping weight because they shiver to stay warm. If your boyfriend is available and will do it, I'd go ahead and have him bring the horse in. It's probably not cold enough to start me actively worrying but I always feel better when they are out of the elements and have a big load of hay in front of them.

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Thank you. That makes me feel better. We keep him a little on the leaner side because he was fat and having some hoof issues with white line and flare. So I REALLY didn't want him outside. This is the first day its rained all Fay in a good 2 months. The boyfriend brought him in and gave him some hay, even toweled him off :) he's our horse but the boyfriend isn't horse smart per se. This is his first experience taking care of one but I think after a year he's gotten the hang of it. I'm just glad I'm not crazy. I've had other boarders tease me for bringing him in. I brush it off but today I was doubting myself.
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He will be fine. A little rain and cool weather never killed anyone, least of all a horse.

BUT if he is used to being pampered and kept inside, he likely is more comfortable in a warm and fuzzy stall.
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He will be fine. A little rain and cool weather never killed anyone, least of all a horse.
Care to tell that to the horses where I board? It was 59ish and drizzling this afternoon and I was literally plowed over by a pony while taking another horse out of turnout because he wanted IN the barn. Alrighty.... from now on when yucky out, pesty pony goes in FIRST and the giant warmbloods with manners will have to wait.
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Pansy horses. Mine stay outside in -30C at times, yes they have a run in shed, but no blankets since they play a game of who can tear each others blankets off. They prefer to take shelter under a thick stand of fir trees. Cariboo horses are tough stuff.
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When I lived in Colorado my big guy never was in a stall. He had a run in shed, but it snowed 400 inches plus several years in a row and he beared it all with a thick, fuzzy coat. I had a hammer in the barn to break the ice off his hooves. Horses are tougher than you think!

That being said, without a run in shed I would put him inside, too. In one of our pastures we use an old hay tent for a shelter. Makes them look very 'desert like'. The horse should have a choice to seek shelter and not be forced to sit out in the wind and pelting rain. Mine are always standing in the tent or run in when the weather is not so nice.
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Pansy horses. Mine stay outside in -30C at times, yes they have a run in shed, but no blankets since they play a game of who can tear each others blankets off. They prefer to take shelter under a thick stand of fir trees. Cariboo horses are tough stuff.
I live in the Cariboo too! I have two horse that are out 24-7-365; they have a run in shed which the refuse to use and if the weather gets nasty enough, they move into the trees. No blankets either. I heard that it takes 2 inches of blanket pile to make up for 1 inch of natural coat pile (which is all flattened by the balnket anyways--kind of counderactive if you ask me; and what happens when they decide to play around and work up a sweat under that blanket? Trouble if you ask me). They all winter very well, especially considering the snowy, cold winter we had last year. Nice to meet you neighbour!
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They need to get used to cold weather. To me, 57 and raining is a good temperature to help them get ready for the coming winter. Ours live out 24/7 but they have trees and run ins for shelter. and as the weather cools, they acclimate. If it got cold overnight, they might feel it more.
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My horse has gotten *worse* since moving to the UK. She never used to be that bothered by rain, so long as she had her rain sheet on, but these days she throws a complete hissy fit if left out in the wind and rain and will even plant her feet and refuse to leave the barn if you have the daft idea of turning her out in that sort of weather.

Rain in Colorado and Massachusetts was always a relief from the stifling, summer heat whereas in Scotland it's just cold and miserable. I think horses should be able to deal and they do -- you see all these natives not phased by the weather, but Gypsum decided a year or two ago that she wasn't having it. Pansy horse.
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