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    12-09-2010, 10:01 AM
  #1
Foal
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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    12-09-2010, 10:02 AM
  #2
Showing
KateS, it doesn't get that cold here (thank God), but I think if you double blanket her she'll be just fine.
     
    12-09-2010, 11:58 AM
  #3
mls
Trained
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.
     
    12-09-2010, 12:04 PM
  #4
Showing
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Originally Posted by mls    
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?
     
    12-09-2010, 12:16 PM
  #5
Foal
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.
     
    12-09-2010, 01:17 PM
  #6
Foal
Around here, most arenas shut down at -20c. My cut off for hauling out is -15c even in the enclosed trailer.
     
    12-09-2010, 03:23 PM
  #7
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by KateS    
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.
     
    12-09-2010, 04:05 PM
  #8
Foal
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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