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post #1 of 8 Old 01-08-2013, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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horse outside in freezing rain?

My horse is outside in the (freezing) rain. He has a shelter but he doesnt want to go in there because he is eating hay outside. Will he get sick?
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-08-2013, 11:45 AM
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Why would he get sick? Lots of horses are outside during inclement weather. If he's not using the shelter, he apparently doesn't feel the need to go inside.

Have you put hay IN the shelter to make it more attractive to him?
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I'd move a pile of hay into the shelter so he has the choice to continue eating (which keeps him warm) while under a dry shelter.
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I had the same problem....rain, cold and windy and they stand outside. Rain stops, they go in......I put hay inside and have full nets hanging outside. I gave up worrying
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Desert, that's why my 3 idiots don't get a choice anymore. Cold and dry, they're out. Wet and warm, they're out. Cold and wet, they're in.
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Well, all I have is a run-in for now, besides, im in Cali....it never rains in Cali, right?....yeah, right........grrrrr.
I guess they choose staying out over going in because they were cooped up all the time before I got them.
The QH is just fine getting wet, and Mr. Blimp Arab can shiver off a few pounds
No, but seriously, they can choose, and it doesn't get really cold here anyway
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-08-2013, 12:09 PM
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If your horse has to choose between food and shelter, he will choose food every time.

Put the food in the shelter for inclement weather. Freezing rain is worse than really cold or snow.

And sometimes, you have to make the executive decision and make them do what they haven't chosen for themselves (like stall them during really nasty weather) as it is in their best interests.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-08-2013, 01:26 PM
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When my horses had acess to the barn they always went inside if it started raining and there was food in there either. Now with the way were set up they don't have acess to the barn. So if weather gets nasty and wet I bring them in. Try putting hay in the shelter maybe then they will go in. I don't think they would get sick from being rained on.
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