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    11-08-2013, 07:39 PM
Horse out in wet snow/freezing rain

My horse is currently turned out with out access to a shelter. This is only temporary as his run in shelter is almost finished. He could probably move into it by tomorrow night. The other shed he used to live in is used to store hay and grain so I can't leave him in there. It is snowing outside right now and we might get a little freezing rain tonight. He has a thick two inch long winter coat and he is getting some extra oats tonight. Would he be OK outside tonight?
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    11-08-2013, 07:44 PM
My horses are out in snow freezing rain all the time been raining or snowing for over a month. They have no shelter sometimes they shake but they live.
    11-08-2013, 07:45 PM
If you're getting freezing rain it means the temps are only close to the freezing point..nothing that I'd think would be a concern for most horses.
    11-08-2013, 07:46 PM
Does he have a windbreak at all? If he is not a baby or elderly, if he is fit and well, he will last one night. We are having the same weather, all three of mine are in the dry lot, I have opened up access to the barn, but I doubt they will use it.

They have a large bale of hay, just put in some straw as well, they have shelter, in form of a windbreak all around. And warm water in the heatedbowl.
    11-08-2013, 07:47 PM
My gelding's out 24/7 365 days a year in all sorts of weather without a shelter. He does just fine. If he starts to drop or shake real bad then I would consider other options, but if it's not too bad leave him out.
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    11-08-2013, 07:48 PM
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Yes, he'll be more than fine! That thick winter coat is insulated beyond what we can fathom, and if he's being fed a steady, (not over-much in 'panic mode'/all at once) supply of hay, that is going to be his 'fuel' that will keep him warm. Rest easy, knowing you're taking good care of your boy, and happy for you that his run-in is almost completed! Don't worry, he'll do well as my girls do in winter weather - they're glad for the run-in barn, but always amaze me at their wanting to be out-of-doors to eat and frolic in frigid temps! :)
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    11-08-2013, 08:22 PM
All the hay he can eat. That's what keeps them warm.
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    11-08-2013, 08:33 PM
Ok I left him with a huge pile of hay. He's slowly eating it now with his backside turned to the wind. He wasnt shivering as far as I could tell.
    11-08-2013, 08:36 PM
Is there any trees (I know Manitoba, prairies, not many trees)? My horses had a run in shed, they only went in there to pee, so we removed it. They prefer a thick stand of fir trees. If your horse isn't shivering, he's fine, he's acclimatized to the weather.
    11-08-2013, 09:17 PM
If he gets to shivering, that will warm him up but if it bothers you, get him moving. It's better to put out two piles of hay spaced as far apart as is feasible for you as he will move from one to the other.

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