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    09-20-2011, 12:04 PM
  #31
Weanling
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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.
I don't quite understand what you mean. My gelding gets turned out at roughly 8am till 3-4pm. I don't expect them to bring my boy inside but I have no problem sending a text to leave my boy inside if its looking bad before he gets turned out. Its a real laid back facility.
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    09-20-2011, 10:55 PM
  #32
Trained
Cold by itself doesn't bother me. The thing that worries me about cold rain, is that it prevents the coat from staying fluffed up to keep the horse warm. In that case, I would use an uninsulated rain sheet to keep him dry and let his coat handle the warming part. At 57 degrees, I wouldn't worry much unless he's underweight. When in doubt, just throw him some extra hay to keep the furnace stoked and he'll be fine.
     
    09-20-2011, 11:08 PM
  #33
Yearling
I baby my horses as people around me say. But a lot of people around deal with extreme weight lose in the winter. I don't. Yes they may loose some muscle cause they aren't ridden as much but our horses don't get ribby or hippy. Each of our horses have six different blanket a piece. Some are summer and some are winter and go figure none of our horses wear the same size. But I prefer it that way. I prefer my guys to have it and bfe able to keep their weight and be healthy and not worry about it. Most of our horses just happen to be hard keepers as well. Do want you want. If it eases your mind and your horse is comfortable with it then do it. Some horses don't like blankets. All mine love them. Especially my app.
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    10-03-2011, 12:57 AM
  #34
Weanling
I do my own blanketing, as my horse is in a 24/7 pasture situation, and her pasture is enormous and on the back of the farm, so it isn't feasible for the stablehand to have to do that every day, as my board really doesn't include that anyway. It's a 5-10 minute walk from the barn if she's at the far end, where she usually is, and there are nearly 30 other horses needing attention on the farm.

This is how I do my blanketing. I blanket with a waterproof sheet 60 and below. And she will look at me like I'm nuts if I don't put that sheet on when I put her out if there's rain in the air, or if it's chilly, but that's just her. She hates being stalled, but she doesn't like any sort of less than perfect weather without something on. 50 and below I use her medium/lightweight turnout blanket. 40 and below I use both.
     
    10-03-2011, 03:49 PM
  #35
Banned
I bring mine in also when I deem it necessary. I also take into consideration the horse's preference. Most days our OTTB HATES rain....so if he comes to the stable door and wants in, then I bring him in.

Today it is 55 degrees and has just started to rain. He is wearing his rain sheet... the Bo goes to bring him in....and he runs off at ninety miles an hour up the huge hill he KNOWS she has trouble walking up.....so out he stays. JERK! I hope it downpours on his pansy skinned self.
     
    10-03-2011, 03:56 PM
  #36
Weanling
My horse stays outside year round, regardless of the weather. If it's raining, they stand under the trees. If it's cold, they huddle together. If it's excessively hot, they stand in the valley of the field, in the dug out. Winters here can get as cold as -50*C with windchill.

I will admit that I'm a little worried for my 16 year old mare. I don't know how she'll handle the coldest days of winter and I'm pretty sure she'd lose a blanket if I put it on her. If need be, I'll move her to a stall for the coldest months and then kick her back into the field when it warms up.
     
    10-04-2011, 01:07 AM
  #37
Yearling
I wish mine lived outside 24/7/365. She only has one tree for "shelter" though, and the property gets too muddy and gross [in winter] which makes it too hard for the barn owners to get hay to her out there.
     

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