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post #1 of 14 Old 12-10-2009, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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How cold is too cold?

I haven't had a chance to turn my boy out since I got him two weeks ago due to rain, nasty nasty weather, etc. However, today and tomorrow are supposed to be just BEAUTIFUL outside--except it is 34F outside. The sun is out and shining. Tomorrow's high is 46F. Because both days are supposed to be so nice, I want to leave him out over night, but the low is 26F. Clear skies, no chance of rain.

I haven't gotten a blanket for him yet.

Is it too cold?
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-10-2009, 03:01 PM
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2 weeks and he hasn't been turned out yet?? Why can't you turn him out days and bring him in nights???
26 is not too cold to leave him out. Hope he has a friend and a shelter.
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post #3 of 14 Old 12-10-2009, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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It has been disgusting here lately. Freezing rain, etc. He has an odd blanket size and I'm having a hard time finding one for him, even on ebay. I take him out and lunge him and let him have some free time in the 74,000 square foot arena that is heated. He isn't just cooped up all day. He is let out everyday, just not outside.

The barn I'm at NEVER leaves their horses out overnight and my friend is telling me he will get sick for SURE if it's under 32F. I feel like I can't do what I want to do with my own horse.
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post #4 of 14 Old 12-10-2009, 03:14 PM
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Mine have been out and we have had below freezing temps everynight for the past week. Yesterdays high was 30 something and mine were out all day. No blankets. I only keep them up in the stall when it is sleeting or freezing rain and turn them out when it stops.
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post #5 of 14 Old 12-10-2009, 03:32 PM
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All 3 of my guys are outside all the time, but they have also always been outside all their lives. They have a run in area and I have never blanketed them so they are nice and woolly right now. After it rains, they love to go roll in the mud so I try to brush them as often as possible to keep their hair fluffy and insulating, but they have never shown any signs of problems from the weather. They're in NE TX and it has been cold, down to 20 degrees at night. I also do feed them some extra grain and try to make sure they have really good hay.
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post #6 of 14 Old 12-10-2009, 03:44 PM
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Does he have his winter coat and is there shelter in the pastures? It's not going to make him sick, but if he doesn't have his winter coat, or is clipped, I wouldn't leave him out overnight.

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post #7 of 14 Old 12-10-2009, 04:03 PM
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It's been down to the zero degree point in my area consistently every night so far this week. In the days the highest it's reached is 20 degrees. When it rains my horse stands out in the rain. When it blows he stands with his butt to the trees. When it snows he stands out in the snow. When it blows and rains/snows he just stands with his butt to the trees. He does have two different structures just for the livestock to stand under to get out of the weather. But he would prefer to stand under the skies and let nature just fall on him.

I don't use blankets and such. I also haven't clipped his hair I just let him grow his winter coat and he's good.

I think the extended forcast for my area says that the warmest it's gonna be next week will be the low 30's.
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post #8 of 14 Old 12-10-2009, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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He has a very thick winter coat. He is like a sheep, LOL! He does not have a run in or any trees in his pasture. I checked him before I left (it was 25F when I got in my car) and he was not shivering or showing any signs of distress. I checked his belly, between his legs, etc. and he was actually pretty toasty!

My boyfriend's horses insist on standing out in the elements. They bought a lovely barn and run in for the horses and it really ticked my boyfriend off when the horses refused to go inside. Horses are just horses it seems!
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My horses are usually out 24/7 with a lean-to shed. However, they are thin skinned and do NOT like the bitter cold. Being in KS, we get a lot of it! They have their heavy winter blankets on but still get cold under 15 degrees.

So, my rule of thumb is 15 degrees or colder (including wind chill) is when I will bring them in. Tonight, it's -1 and they are happy and toasty warm inside!

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post #10 of 14 Old 12-10-2009, 11:16 PM
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Mine are outside all the time too. They have access to a lean-to for shelter, but they only opt for it when it rains and even then, they don't always use it. I don't like to blanket because it prevents their coat from growing out like it could. Horses were designed to be outside in the elements. I find mine laying down in the middle of the pasture to stay out of the cold and wind sometimes. They know what to do. Being cooped up for 2 weeks would drive mine absolutely bonkers. They don't even like being shut up in a corral. Lots of behavior issues disappear if mine have full access to their pastures. Let him loose. He'll thank you for it.
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