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    12-14-2010, 03:35 PM
  #11
Banned
Nd, love those photos. That is exactly what MFM looked like last night. She had access to a run in and a stall but she stood out and got herself coated in snow.

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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
No sheets or blankets. That makes the hair lie down and then does not insulate and they get cold. The ice on them actually helps insulate them and keeps the heat in
Not necessarily true. Some what an old wives tale. Most horses have no issue wearing a sheet or a full winter blanket. Now days blankets are breathable and water proof. They provide a nice protection against the wind which helps them stay warmer.

Two of mine are wearing a water proof turn out sheet right now (have been since hunting season started, it gives them color) and neither are suffering in our single digit temps with high winds.
     
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    12-14-2010, 03:49 PM
  #12
Showing
My guys get them all the time, I either crumble them in my hand or leave em be
     
    12-14-2010, 03:50 PM
  #13
Yearling
As long as you keep them blanketed to my knowledge they will be fine, but if you put them out in these cold temps without the blanket after they've become accustomed to it they WILL be cold.

They are hilarious in this weather. I was feeding the other night and all 6 got to running. I watched Jack and Grace both take a nose dive and slide across the snow, I was scared at first that they'd get hurt but they both got back up and took off running again. Lol, Jack had a big snow patch on his face from plowing through a drift when he slid.
     
    12-14-2010, 04:31 PM
  #14
Foal
I kind of want to hug the little horse in the second picture near the round bale feeder!
I've heard that sheets/blankets can cool them down, too. I thought about blanketing but mine seem fine (now that I know the ice is normal).
     
    12-14-2010, 05:59 PM
  #15
Trained
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Nd, love those photos. That is exactly what MFM looked like last night. She had access to a run in and a stall but she stood out and got herself coated in snow.
Thanks! Mine get pretty fluffy. The temps get pretty severe at night here. The past weekend I beleive it was around -15 or lower. None of the horses were blanketed, but have 24/7 access to hay.

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Originally Posted by lovemyhorseys    
I kind of want to hug the little horse in the second picture near the round bale feeder!
I've heard that sheets/blankets can cool them down, too. I thought about blanketing but mine seem fine (now that I know the ice is normal).
Lol You can hug her if you can catch her! She is the most antisocial pony... She has had some pretty rough times and she is just a pasture puff here.
     
    12-14-2010, 06:02 PM
  #16
Foal
Poor little thing! She does look absolutely precious though
     
    12-14-2010, 06:02 PM
  #17
Weanling
My BO makes us blanket the horses if the wind even blows hard lol..
     
    12-14-2010, 06:08 PM
  #18
Yearling
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.
     
    12-15-2010, 12:01 AM
  #19
dee
Started
NDAppy - is the horse in the first pic going to ring the bell for service?
     
    12-15-2010, 12:39 AM
  #20
Trained
Lol Phoenix does actually. She rings it while I am in the shed getting their feed or treats. She is a goober.
     

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