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post #1 of 35 Old 12-14-2008, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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cold weather no blanket

I know we already talked about this many a time, but I can't help but worry myself again. THunder has an inch at least of fluffy hair, today we are getting about an inch of snow and winds. Tonight they say it's supposed to get down to 14*F but don't know how true that is. He is in a 12x12 matted stall (metal walls and wood) with an even larger run that half is covered and the half that isn't covered is muddy. He has never had a blanket on before, but I would say that this is the coldest he's been in. I'm going out there to check on him in couple hours but should I be concerned about the next couple days? it's not supposed to get above freezing all week. Meaning he wont' be turned out ouside, and He's fed 2x a day. I'm going to check ifhe's shivering or not. Thanks for any replies. I guess my question is do you think he'll most likely be ok, or should I buy a blanket?
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post #2 of 35 Old 12-14-2008, 12:59 PM
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Chances are he will be okay. The lady who gave me lessons when I was younger had a horse from WAY down south somewhere where it was always warm and that horse had a hard time staying warm so he was blanketed. That is the only horse I myself have seen have problems. Mine are turned out 24/7 in way below zero temperatures and blowing wind. As long as they have shelter to get out of the wind they are almost always fine. I would just check to see if he is obviously really cold when you check on him. Maybe ask someone else for their advice if they are around to help ease your mind?

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post #3 of 35 Old 12-14-2008, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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ya they all say I should blanket every year, but so far we haven't had any problems. Thanks! I'll check on him when I go out there.
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I'd check on him, & for now I think he'll be OK. But if you're really concerned, I'd get a blanket just in case.

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post #5 of 35 Old 12-14-2008, 01:09 PM
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Oooh.. well if he's been un-blanketed so far this year he probably grew the proper coat already and will be fine. Just keep an eye on him :)

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post #6 of 35 Old 12-14-2008, 01:22 PM
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My horse has plenty of winter coat but I still blanket him if its below 35. After researching the topic I still do it even though I know that he doesn't need it. It just makes me feel good and sleep better knowing that he's tucked in with his blankie.
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post #7 of 35 Old 12-14-2008, 02:38 PM
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It's minus 34 celcius here and my horses are not blanketed and are doing just fine. They have lots of tress for shelter have never worn blankets so they are used to the weather.
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post #8 of 35 Old 12-14-2008, 02:44 PM
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I agree with Fehr.
if your horse has a thick coat, then he'll be fine. Snapple is a Shetland pony (well, half) and her coat is extremely thick. She sweats if I blanket her. It is -30 degrees here today with the windchill and she's not blanketed and she's fine.

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post #9 of 35 Old 12-14-2008, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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ya I'm pretty sure he will be fine too, but I guess my question is as well since he's stalled does that give him more of a chance of getting chilled since he's not out grazing or able walk a bunch. or do horses even walk around a lot when it's that cold? lol sorry
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post #10 of 35 Old 12-14-2008, 04:11 PM
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When horses are cold they pretty much do two things. Turn away from the weather (by seeking shelter or just turning their rumps into the weather), or they eat, and eat... and eat! hehe

The shelter youve provided sounds fine and if your horse has never worm blankets before then you shouldnt really need them. But if you are concerned just feed plenty of hay. Hay to a horse in winter is like firewood. It warms them from the inside out.
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