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post #1 of 8 Old 12-09-2010, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Hauling in Cold Weather?

How cold can it be and still haul your horse in winter? I have a team penning event on Sunday (first one) and the forecast is predicting the high to be -20 Cel. (-4 Fehr.) and the low to be as cold as -30 Cel. (-22 Fehr). I have a stock trailer which has the front bit closed off with no windows but the back 3/4 of the trailer is open on top. She is currently outside 24/7 with no blanket so the cold weather wouldn't be a shock but the air swirling in the trailer could be an issue. Would it be good enough if I would double blanket her? I also have a neck cover for her so it would just be her head uncovered (plus her legs obviously though I would have warm trailering boots on).

Please let me know what you all think. The coldest I have hauled before was -15 Cel. With one winter blanket on and no neck cover/boots.

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-09-2010, 10:02 AM
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KateS, it doesn't get that cold here (thank God), but I think if you double blanket her she'll be just fine.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-09-2010, 11:58 AM
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It's not so much her body as her lungs. Breathing in that subzero at 55 mph is not a good idea. Think of how the wind takes your breath away when you step out into it.
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It's not so much her body as her lungs. Breathing in that subzero at 55 mph is not a good idea. Think of how the wind takes your breath away when you step out into it.
It's a good point, the wind is what bothers me the most hauling in winter.
So what would be the reasonable limit on temperature though? 30 F or something like that?
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I totally get what you are saying. So then you think it wouldn't be a good idea? If she was facing forward do you think the wind would still be too bad? I have never been in a moving trailer before (neither have you probably haha) so I honestly wouldn't have any idea how bad it would be.
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Around here, most arenas shut down at -20c. My cut off for hauling out is -15c even in the enclosed trailer.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-09-2010, 03:23 PM
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I totally get what you are saying. So then you think it wouldn't be a good idea? If she was facing forward do you think the wind would still be too bad? I have never been in a moving trailer before (neither have you probably haha) so I honestly wouldn't have any idea how bad it would be.
You said the trailer has no top on it? As in no roof? I would not be hauling at all in below freezing temps. Factor in the windchill at 55 mph. What is balmy standing still is not at all the same when moving.
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No no it has a roof. It is a general stock trailer. Just saying that it has the open long slate kind of 'window', more of a general opening. Put it this way, it is a stock trailer and I don't have the openings covered.

I do believe I will skip the meet then as it seems that the general consensus is that it would be too cold.
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