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 30°f ..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.