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    12-14-2008, 05:36 PM
Isn't Thunder a mustang? He should be genetically fit to handle the cold

I've never blanketed mine either. Its suppose to be in the teens tonight and windy. I never even thought about throwing a blanket on mine. They have a big shed and lots of natural shelter but they don't use it. They prefer to stand out in the open with their butts to the wind.
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    12-14-2008, 06:42 PM
As per our vet -we do not blanket our horses. If they have shelter and are not clipped, they are fine.

She told us that horse (amoung many other critters) know how cold it will be for them, and prepare theirselves accordingly (natural insticts I guess) per the individual. That's why some of our horses have really really bushy winter coats, and some are thin to moderate.

That's what I was told.....not a vet here.....but what I asked and was told. FWIW.
    12-14-2008, 07:46 PM
Green Broke
Yes vida, he is :) I never blanket, and usually never worry, but the news has everyone freaking out about the weather so I got a little "mommy-like". I went out there and he was wet all over his back and mane from standing in the snow, little stinker! But he wasn't shivering. Im going to check on him again tonight once it's colder. But let me tell you, I have never seen him act so antsy from being in his stall all day lol. Must be the cold weather because I put him in the arena and we went zipping around for 20 minutes and didn't even break a sweat! What a nerd. We just hung out and stretched our legs for about an hour in the arena, then I left him. Im sure he'll be fine. Thanks again everyone!!!
    12-14-2008, 07:56 PM
Your a good horse mommy I know what you mean, I worry about mine too. I used to worry their ears would get frost bitten like my chickens combs. I have one chicken who got frost bite on her comb and its white even in summer.
I never have made hen hats or horsey ear muffs though
    12-14-2008, 10:00 PM
Green Broke
Hehehehehehe I just pictured that , that would be so cute!! Hehehe they wouldn't last long though would they ? :)

Thanks for making me feel better!
    12-15-2008, 12:43 AM
I know how you all feel too.The momma comes out in us all when it comes to our critters. The weather is real simuliar up here in WA. Very windy and that's what worries me.My horses have a shed and blankets on. Their feet and manes have a few icicles on them brrr.
I went around this afternoon and winterized everyone...closed my emus door and trapped them in the barn to keep them out of the wind.I even wrapped up my rabbit hutches real good so the snow wouldnt blow thru their cages.Had to keep giving them water because it keeps freezing.Moved the chickens water inside their house, they wont come out, too cold on their feet I guess.
I worry bout the horses water too, keep breaking the ice(wish I had gotten the water warmer).
The only one here that likes the snow is the dumb dogs!
Good luck dear, Im sure if your horse has got the winter hair and some shelter it'll be fine.
    12-15-2008, 04:13 AM
Green Broke
Ya you're part of this winter storm too huh?? It's crazy, supposed to last the rest of the week. Good luck to you too!
    12-15-2008, 05:12 AM
I personally blanket mine because I'm a worry wart. They don't need it, but ahh I can't help myself. I like them to be warm and shielded a bit from the wind.

One thing I can suggest is to increase his food for the winter, especially if you don't blanket, hay/grain/whatever be a little more generous to help him store fat, and therefore help him stay warm for the winter! Otherwise I'm sure he'll be fine, especially if he has a means to escape the wind.
    12-15-2008, 06:16 AM
You don't have anything to worry about! If he hasnt been blanketed all year, or his hair cut late into the fall season, he has had a chance to grow a winter coat! I don't blame you for worrying... Believe me!

We dropped down to -6 today as a high, with a wind chill of -18. One of my mares is unblanketed and doing fine, as she came off of pasture and its not fasing her! I give them a little extra hay for them to chew on and keep warm. Two of my others however, because they show and have been cut, I have to blanket.
    12-15-2008, 11:46 AM
We broke some records on lows too. I went out this morning BRRRRR
Everyone is fine, although my light-bulb burned out in my well pump house. Its one of 2 wells I use for livestock water. I replaced the bulb and I'm hoping none of the pipes froze
I had to stop myself from plugging in a heat lamp for the chickens. Knowing my luck I would burn the barn down

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