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        11-20-2013, 12:32 AM
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    Cold Snap This Weekend- Precautions?

    Okay so our weather here has been crazy. Most days have been 70ish, nights in the 50s. This weekend, the high on Saturday is 73, low is 46, then Sunday it's only supposed to get up to 54 The coldest day before this weekend was today (high 62 and windy) and the coldest night was upper 40s.

    I've never had issues before, but with a 20* difference between Saturday and Sunday has me a little worried. I don't think it'll be blanketing weather, but I'll be keeping an eye on him just in case. Should I do anything else for him?
         
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        11-20-2013, 12:50 AM
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    Green Broke
    Lol, that is our regular. Of course up here the horses are used to it. If you have steady temps then sudden changes it may be harder. I would not blanket. 54 is still relatively warm. Just keep an eye on him, make sure he's drinking plenty and has shelter if it's windy, etc.
         
        11-20-2013, 12:53 AM
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    I know it's really not that bad, but it's been fairly warm (warm enough most days for the horses to be sweating on their own, in or out of the stalls) so it'll just be a change from what we've had. Sundays all horses are in without turnout, so he will not have to deal with wind.

    I've put his sweet feed in a bucket of water before to get him to drink, so I may just have to do that this weekend to make sure he stays hydrated.
         
        11-20-2013, 01:04 AM
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    Green Broke
    If he's in I wouldn't worry about it at all, unless he's prone to colic and just keep an eye on him.
         
        11-20-2013, 07:14 AM
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    Green Broke
    Horses are not like delicate flowers. They are hardier than you think, even hardier than humans are.

    I wouldn't be that concerned of him getting dehydrated unless it is a common occurrence.

    If he has free choice hay to eat, he will be fine. 20 degree change in temps really aren't that big of a deal. Maybe for us humans but not usually for horses.
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        11-20-2013, 10:34 AM
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    Our temps have been bouncing all over the place was 5 degrees for a low then 22 for a high. Two days later mid 40s for highs. Lows in the 30s at night by the weekend will be lows in the single digit.

    My horses handle it just fine as long as they have plenty of hay and water to drink their fine.
         
        11-20-2013, 11:44 AM
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    Foal
    Was a windy but warm 46 here yesterday with lows in lower 20's. By this weekend we are supposed to see -5. Just make sure they have free choice hay and in my case, a tank heater.

    54 degrees would be wonderful.
         
        11-20-2013, 11:56 AM
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    Green Broke
    Usandpets-That's not saying much xD Nearly all animals are hardier than we are! /OT
         
        11-20-2013, 11:58 AM
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    We are in the same boat. It's been in the 60s and 50s but it's supposed to get down to 23 degrees by Saturday.
         
        11-20-2013, 12:08 PM
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    Trained
    We've been having some big swings in temps too. Unless it is only going to be highs in the 30's with a wind chill, I don't worry TOO much but I do monitor their water intake. When it's cold I like to give soaked Beet Pulp with an ounce of salt in it, to get them to take in extra water. It's a good colic preventer.
         

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