Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
As long as the horse has a place to be, shelter that is, they will be fine. The only time I ever had a problem with winter weather is freezing rain. I live in N. Illinois and last year I purchased my second horse in late december. I thought I had plenty of shelter for both of them but my mare Lakota decided she didn't wanna share the lean to!! My poor little Secret had no place to go :( And of course I never noticed because it never caused a problem up until the ice rain (both my horses are fuzzier than fuzz). Poor secret was DRENCHED in rain and shivering!! I immediately took her under shelter, scraped her off, dried her off with towels, and fed her cracked corn. She warmed up straight away. I immediately knocked out the wall to the stall and thus had another shelter :) Never had a problem since. Now my little poo of a mare Lakota can't chase Secret out :) Anyways, as long as you have adequate shelter, the winter coats they have will insulate them just fine :) If you ever worry about it, add a little corn to their feed and that will help keep them warmer.
** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **