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    11-08-2013, 10:47 PM
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You could always throw a weatherproof blankie on him if you are concerned. My oldest one spent years outside w/ a stall available. He chose to stand in the rain, sleet, and snow. Now that he's older and wiser, he opts for the stall...
     
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    11-08-2013, 10:52 PM
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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.

I find myself feeling all cozy, just reading this!
     
    11-08-2013, 10:56 PM
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I would put a waterproof blanket on him. If you go and check on him and he is shivering and soaking wet your not going to be able to toss the blanket on. Damage will have already been done. I'm sure one night won't kill him, but it not like he has the option to go inside or stay out.
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    11-09-2013, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by SlideStop    
I would put a waterproof blanket on him. If you go and check on him and he is shivering and soaking wet your not going to be able to toss the blanket on. Damage will have already been done. I'm sure one night won't kill him, but it not like he has the option to go inside or stay out.
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My horses have no shelter no wind break last winter they were out in snow storms freezing rain and wind. Never wore blankets had hay all the time did shake quite a bit but my gelding still came out of winter fat as a pig. So don't think shaking hurts them sure didn't hurt my horses.
     
    11-09-2013, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
My horses have no shelter no wind break last winter they were out in snow storms freezing rain and wind. Never wore blankets had hay all the time did shake quite a bit but my gelding still came out of winter fat as a pig. So don't think shaking hurts them sure didn't hurt my horses.
When you shake what does that mean?? Your cold. It's the bodies last line of defense to warm itself up. Your horses are cold. Horses rely 100% on what we provide for them, whether its food, water or shelter. I couldn't sleep at night know my horse is shaking his tail off outside while I'm dry and toasty in my bed.
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    11-09-2013, 03:18 PM
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When you shake what does that mean?? Your cold. It's the bodies last line of defense to warm itself up. Your horses are cold. Horses rely 100% on what we provide for them, whether its food, water or shelter. I couldn't sleep at night know my horse is shaking his tail off outside while I'm dry and toasty in my bed.
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They got round bales out and a heated water trough they have acess to barn in winter. They choose to stay outside and stand in the weather. Putting hay in the barn doesnt work they wont go inside to eat it.

When they come out of winter fat as pigs don't think they suffered much from the times they were shaking.
     
    11-09-2013, 04:23 PM
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Doesn't mean they weren't cold when it was pouring rain, sleet and snow on them. If your way works for you bravo. If we are going to get wet weather I prefer at least a rain sheet depending on the temp. Oh, and the horses I work with have access to run-ins and stalls. I'm just voicing my opinion, not trying to change yours.
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    11-09-2013, 06:38 PM
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When I went to check on him this morning, Duke appeared to be wet but the wet didnt go through to his skin so I believe he wasnt cold.
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    11-09-2013, 06:49 PM
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When I went to check on him this morning, Duke appeared to be wet but the wet didnt go through to his skin so I believe he wasnt cold.
Exactly! Isn't 'Mother Nature' incredible? :)
     
    11-09-2013, 06:50 PM
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Our horses were out in the pasture 24/7. We had cold and snow and temperatures of -30 and -40F Kept free choice round bales of hay. They were fat and sassy. Two of them were in their 20's.
Fuzzy hair, lots of good hay , they will be fine.
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