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    09-15-2011, 06:56 AM
  #11
Banned
It really depends on the specific horse.

It was cold and raining here this morning. All of mine have access to shelter. I went out this morning to feed and MFM was standing outside in the rain. She was drenched, making it obvious that she had been out there for some time. BF has a mental break down if she is expected to get dripped on, let alone rained on. If she does get rained on she ends up shivering and carrying on. The old man you can never guess. Sometimes he acts like rain is lethal, other times he is out napping in it.

Do what your specific horse needs. Not what you would do, what your horse needs.
     
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    09-15-2011, 06:59 AM
  #12
Showing
There was an old expression about the definition of a Sweater - it's a garment that your mother makes you put on when she's cold.

When I lived in PA it wasn't unusual to see my horses out in below freezing weather with a 1' of snow on their backs. My horses are out 24/7 but they have the option of coming under shelter.

Shivering is another thing altogether but they do need to grow their coats out and if you bundle them up when you feel cold, they will never develop the coat necessary for the winter.

Personally, I would leave them alone, they are livestock, not dogs.
     
    09-15-2011, 09:54 AM
  #13
Green Broke
My three Arabians were shivering this morning, they were in stalls but the windows & stable doors were open. We went from in the 70's to 35degrees & they still have summer coats.
I had fed last at 1:30 AM but I better up their night hay.
Only the Arabians were shivering, I guess they aren't bred for cold. In winter with full coats they are fine.
     
    09-15-2011, 11:18 AM
  #14
Weanling
He doesn't have access to shelter is the only thing. :/ and here it gets 0f maybe MAYBE a total of a week around January/February. He gets blanketed with a midweight blanket at anything under 30f ..he IS pampered but he's never been anywhere but this climate. If I had bought him from Colorado or Canada sure I know he could take it. He's a girl sometimes. He wants to go in but then realizes his "boyfriends" are outside still and he whinnys to go outside...but then we get to turnout gate and he stands still saying no thanks. I was shivering :/ if he had a lean to or anything to go into sure leave him out. But he doesn't and it isn't free choice hay either. He gets am and pm hay..except yesterday I took an extra flake.
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    09-15-2011, 11:25 AM
  #15
mls
Trained
Shivering is a good thing.

When you exercise, the a by product of the conversion of glucose & sugar to movement in the cells is heat. The mitochondria in the cells produce this when breaking down ATP. Shivering is merely an exercise, even if autonomic, so done with no conscious effort, so as the muscles rapidly contract, they require & burn energy.


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    09-15-2011, 12:02 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I'm in Colorado, it's 45 degrees, wet, yucky and I am very glad my gelding is inside, dry and warm. I spent all Summer trying to get him to gain weight and now that he is gaining, the last thing I want is him shivering it all back off.

He's got a fabulous collection of blankets but he's downright convinced that the tail flaps on them are out to get him. Blanketing him results in a horse galloping around all day long if the slightest lil breeze should ruffle his tail flap. So then not only is he not eating to maintain his weight, he's running it all off.

None of the horses in he barn want to go out in this muck, especially when the alternative is a warm, dry, hay-filled stall right next to all their buddies. Plus I'll go mid-day, clean stalls, give them all attention and more hay.
     
    09-15-2011, 12:19 PM
  #17
Green Broke
My horse, an eventer, possibly the most spoiled animal on the planet, stays out 24/7 no matter the weather.

He'll be fine.
     
    09-15-2011, 12:32 PM
  #18
Foal
I leave my horses out 24/7, but they have shelter is the difference. With him losing weight as he shivers, take that poor thing inside. He's not accustomed to that weather. This is just my opinion...
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    09-15-2011, 12:34 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Yeah I second what Drew said...my Eventer's been out all day today and it was 45 this morning, raining and windy after it was 80 earlier this week! She's fine, but then again, that's her. She would ALWAYS rather be outside, she loves it and likes to graze around and move about, she goes nuts if you make her stay cooped up in her stall all day.
     
    09-15-2011, 12:49 PM
  #20
Trained
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Originally Posted by Kymbadina    
He doesn't have access to shelter is the only thing. :/ and here it gets 0f maybe MAYBE a total of a week around January/February. He gets blanketed with a midweight blanket at anything under 30f ..he IS pampered but he's never been anywhere but this climate. If I had bought him from Colorado or Canada sure I know he could take it. He's a girl sometimes. He wants to go in but then realizes his "boyfriends" are outside still and he whinnys to go outside...but then we get to turnout gate and he stands still saying no thanks. I was shivering :/ if he had a lean to or anything to go into sure leave him out. But he doesn't and it isn't free choice hay either. He gets am and pm hay..except yesterday I took an extra flake.
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My horses all come and stand at the back door to the barn at the first drop of rain, and then tap their toes until I let them into their nice cozy stalls with fresh hay and water. Would I rather they all stayed out? Sure, it's a lot less work with over 20 horses. But I learned my lesson when one of my mares dropped a ton of weight right before winter and I couldn't get it back on her until the following summer. Poor thing was MISERABLE all winter long. It got to where under 60 F that mare got a wind sheet, under 50 a lightweight blanket and under 40 I broke out the arctic weight stuff for her. So, if your horse is a bit lean and shivering, take him in or blanket him in a nice waterproof blanket, otherwise you're liable to have a real skinny horse before it even gets real cold.
     

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