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  • Can horses survive sleet and freezing rain
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    11-10-2013, 09:16 AM
  #21
Foal
Dixie has access to inside, but even when wet/sleet/snow, you generally find her outside. If I know really windy & wet weather is coming, I will put a rain proof SHEET on her - no blanket, just the lightest water proofing I can find. I think once you get into the "serious blanketing" plan, you have to stay with it because you may compromise their own natural warming capabilities. Plus you mash the hair down and "lofting" is what nature gives them to protect themselves quite efficiently.

Generally, there is some evidence on wet/cold nights that she does spend a period inside because she digs a hole in her stall and lies down, but when I leave at night and arrive in the AM, she's out and happy. I put hay under her favorite "shade tree" and inside, water both places as she rarely drinks from her stall buckets.

Sheet comes off in the morning unless temps are staying below freezing or lots of precipitation expected. Generally they can find a spot in the sun and get pretty warm during the day.
     
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    11-10-2013, 09:38 AM
  #22
Trained
If a horse has anything else to compromise his system, cold, freezing rain could certainly finish him off. Normal healthy horses can survive in most weather conditions. Survival does not mean that they are comfortable. If you can get them out of the freezing rain, they will be better off. One night most likely won't hurt them that bad.

There were thousands of cattle that died recently in South Dakota due to bad weather. Some horses were lost as well. The animals were soaked through the skin due to a downpour of rain. Then a blizzard hit.
     
    11-10-2013, 05:05 PM
  #23
Green Broke
Celeste, that was exactly the point I was trying to make. Well they survive, yes. Are they comfortable, no. You summed it up way better than I did!!
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    11-10-2013, 06:54 PM
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Banned
If we got a storm like the dakotas I would put my horses in the barn for a storm like that. But for the most part they stay out and they do fine.
     

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