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Can a horse's coat be wet in cold temperatures?

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  • If a horse gets wet when it's cold should you dry it with a towel
  • Horses in sub zero weather

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    12-06-2011, 02:07 AM
  #11
Trained
I keep some of my dad's shop towels in the barn. I have NEVER seen anything more absorbent; I need to figure out where he gets them.

But yes, get some towels and DRY THEM OFF. I use my hairdryer at horse shows when my horse gets wet. (If its really freezing I brush with hot water over the dirty spots an then blowdry and cover until our turn to make a run)

No, it is NOT okay to have a horse wet in this weather. And if you blanket them, KEEP THEM BLANKETED. If you pull a blanket off after a period of time the hair is laid down and providing almost no insolation. Since it is your fault their cold, bring the in the dang house if you have to. (Not trying to guilt trip, but this is very serious. I once had a horse get hypothermia because the owner put her out in negative temperatures SOAKED in sweat and rain and the mare almost died)

This may be a bit of a ramble. I didn't really think before I typed this, I just typed whatever came to my mind. But in a nutshell:

1) DRY and get them WARM.
2) Seriously check your blankets...make sure you get some THICK, WATERPROOF ones.
3) Remember this lesson for next time!

I use the Tough-1 Blankets. Not too expensive and I haven't had too any of them rip, although with my rambunctious baby horses, rips are inevitable.

Tough-1 1200 Denier Turnout Blanket - Horse.com

Tough-1 420 Denier Turnout Sheet - Horse.com

P.S.~ I give my horses Omolene and Trifecta with alfalfa in the winter to help keep their body temp up and joints fluid.
     
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    12-06-2011, 09:03 AM
  #12
Trained
Once they are wet to the skin, if drying isn't an option, all you can do is give more food. We have bags of pellets that they get fed a scoop of once/day. Pellets also work well when it is cold - by s. AZ standards, below 25 - and helps when they are wet.

In some ways, the in-between weather is the worst. My horses have no problems with snow. But around here, we'll often get a drizzling rain thru about 10PM, then the temps drop and it will be 20 deg before sunrise. They will get soaked by the rain because they don't mind some rain, but the cold temps later in the night can nail them.

In a case like that, I just give them pellets or hay before going to bed, and pellets first thing in the AM. I think it is the equivalent of eating a candy bar at 3PM on a winter afternoon outside. For the limited cold we get around here, as long as there is fuel for the fire inside them, they do OK. Don't know about horses in sub-zero weather.
     
    12-06-2011, 11:00 AM
  #13
Weanling
We are very accustomed to sub freezing temperatures here in Canada. Some people blanket but the horses at our barn are not but have access to shelter near the hay. They need to eat more in the winter months to generate heat. We ride all winter and if our horses sweat we towel and blanket to dry them off before turning them out. Our horses go inside for the night during the winter months as the cold here can be quite nasty and it gives them a break to sleep and eat somewhere dry.
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    12-06-2011, 08:27 PM
  #14
Trained
The sub zero temps don't seem to be the problem with horses being cold. I have noticed it is when it rains, clears off and gets cold or if the wind is blowing. That's when they seem miserable. I went through this the last couple of days. It was almost 75 degrees for three days in a row. Sometime in the night it started raining, the temps dropped down into the 30's and the wind was blowing. My horses have a round bale stuck in front of them constantly but it wasn't enough. They were humped up, heads down and shaking. I brought them up, grained them, dried them, and stuck blankets on them.

Winters in NE Nevada are cold(not as cold as some places of course), we can have -30 mornings. But never blanketed anything. This winter in Texas so far has been the hardest because of the drastic temp. Changes and the dampness.
     
    12-08-2011, 12:41 AM
  #15
Yearling
I have found that you can towel off a wet horse and just through a dry heavyweight turnout over them and they are warm and dry by the AM. We also get this crappy wet windy weather that gets cold to freezing at night. I blanket them wet if I am worried about the wind sucking their heat away. No problems and when I check them, even if they are still damp they are warm underneath.

On another note, if the horse is fat, healthy, and younger with a wind break and a full winter coat, oftentimes, all they need is hay in front of them even if they are wet. I have three I never need to blanket..
     

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