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    09-15-2011, 02:49 PM
  #21
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
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.
That was my worry. If his raincoat didn't have a rip in it I would put that on him and slay your good to go. Because its waterproof and windproof. He went out this morning it was 45 I checked on him when we got back from hunting and he was happy with the sun on his back with his friends. I don't mind him being in some brisk weather. But not that rainy cold stuff. Two days before it was hot enough that we were sweating just standing around getting his feet trimmed..inside under shade. That's a big change in weather IMO too much to be outside shivering.
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    09-16-2011, 04:11 AM
  #22
Yearling
All of ours are out 24/7 unless injury requires stalling. Not all of them have shelter. We have everything from fat ponies who would explode on a whiff of hard feed to greyhound like TBs. They each have rugs, lots and lots of rugs.

Prin depending on weather normally has 2 300g combos on in winter. Which is what most have one rug comes off if the day isn't freezing. Ella because I'm the only one allowed near her makes do with the one set of rugs for normally half a week. Either a 300g combo or a 180 combo or canvas or naked. She does have a shed.

Rugs are your friend. Spares doubly so!
     
    09-16-2011, 06:58 AM
  #23
Trained
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Originally Posted by Kymbadina    
That was my worry. If his raincoat didn't have a rip in it I would put that on him and slay your good to go. Because its waterproof and windproof. He went out this morning it was 45 I checked on him when we got back from hunting and he was happy with the sun on his back with his friends. I don't mind him being in some brisk weather. But not that rainy cold stuff. Two days before it was hot enough that we were sweating just standing around getting his feet trimmed..inside under shade. That's a big change in weather IMO too much to be outside shivering.
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And I forgot to make one other point. He's YOUR horse. If you want him inside in a cozy stall with lots of shavings and his bankie on, he's YOURS and whether anybody else approves or doesn't, you do what makes YOU comfortable with his care.
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    09-17-2011, 02:30 PM
  #24
Yearling
Our Appaloosa comes running to the barn at the littlest sprinkle of rain, sound of thunder, anything. He is extremely spoilt. But on the other hand if it is fifty degrees out and windy ir rainy he usually heads back into the trees and lays down. Then it takes an hour to get him back up. When I first bought, eight years ago, the first winter I didn't put a blanket on him until I realized it was ten degrees outside and he still didn't grow any winter coat whatsoever. I felt so bad for him. I preferably don't leave any of our horses out in the rain unless it's a hot summer day. During the winter they come in a lot. We have no run ins in our pastures. And only a few trees. I have several paddocks with run ins that some of our horses go in but most prefer to be In the barn. A lot of it is how you spoil them. Some horses will stand outside and never shiver, but like my app will take a fence out if he can't get into the barn.
     
    09-17-2011, 07:27 PM
  #25
Banned
I only ever blanket my mare if her skin is cold to the touch, or if it's wet AND cold outside... and even then usually only during the night. She doesn't have a run in because our stall is still under construction, but she has access to woods and that usually does just fine for her.
It all really depends on the horse 8/ if your boy doesn't look uncomfortable, and his body is still warm to the touch then I wouldn't worry.
     
    09-19-2011, 09:34 PM
  #26
Weanling
You know what you guys are right. He is MY horse. And come to think of it, those people who critisize me are the ones who refuse to vaccinate anything but rabies. Me? Psh, if the vet can get it I want it. And you know what, when a sale horse came to the barn last spring and spread strangles...my boy didn't get it. Because I made sure he was protected from everything..side note..has anyone given a strangles vaccine? Our vet lets us give our own shots and blood draws. Strangles is fun to me. Poor boy snorts drugs, lift his head, shake it around, then sneeze a big mess :) this was the first year I did the blood draw for his coggins though. That was a true learning experience...I gave him a solid pound of carrots for standing like a good boy while I stabbed him. 4 injections, blood draw and strangles. Yikes for him.
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    09-19-2011, 11:50 PM
  #27
Trained
LOL, aren't the intra-nasal vaccines just too much fun to give? I do all my own shots, was shocked to death to find out that some people have the vet do it and sheath cleaning. I never even knew they WOULD do routine stuff like that until just a few years ago.
     
    09-20-2011, 03:33 AM
  #28
Foal
Hi thesilverspear,
I am totally agree with you.....
     
    09-20-2011, 04:18 AM
  #29
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Delfina    
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.

Your not having any luck with cheeky ponies lately are you lol.



I was thinking of rugging my horse but I'm not sure whether I should or not. Its very warm, the only thing I'd want it to probably do would be to keep him clean.
     
    09-20-2011, 10:22 AM
  #30
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
And I forgot to make one other point. He's YOUR horse. If you want him inside in a cozy stall with lots of shavings and his bankie on, he's YOURS and whether anybody else approves or doesn't, you do what makes YOU comfortable with his care.
However, you follow the protocol of the barn you board at. If you don't like the way they do things, leave.

All part of taking the time to find the right place BEFORE you move your horse.
     

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