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post #1 of 8 Old 01-10-2011, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Ice storm preparedness?

So, tomorrow evening, my area is slated for a lil' bit of an ice storm (1/4-1/3 inch of ice with an inch or two of snow under it) and once again, I'm not sure whether I should put Lacey in or not.

She has a run-in she can go into but I'm worried about her getting stranded outside of it and getting worried. I mean, the girl can hardly walk across a muddy 1ft wide incline without massive thought, that would she do if her entire, very steep, field turned into a skating rink?
I can close off her run-in so she has a stall of about 12x12, plus what would be equivalent to a tie stall and a short, uncovered walkway between the two...

Also, all her life she's been pretty coddled and we don't get ice storms often, so it's completely within the realm of possibility that she's never been out in ice, like what's coming, before.

The "oh poor baby" part of me wants to shut her in but the "she's a big girl" part of me says to leave her out.

I just don't want her getting hurt, at all, ever. And in this case, I especially don't want her hurting herself since we live on a hill that's completely inaccessible in deep snow or any kind of ice.

I dunno, what would you do?

And this pasture isn't like "oh that's kind of steep" steep, it's "oh dear goodness, putting arms out for balance when it's muddy" steep.

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-10-2011, 11:40 PM
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I would put her in until it's passed. But that's just me. If I had my horses out in a very hilly pasture I would constantly worry about them slipping and breaking a leg or something.... but I'm a worrier so... you'll have to use your own common sense in this matter I'm afraid. If you think it's dangerous then it's always better to err on the side of caution.

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She's 25? I'd keep her in as well. Go with your gut on this one.

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We're in the middle of an ice storm here in middle Georgia. My horse is in the barn with her blanket. No way am I letting mine stay out in the ice. The rain will get in their manes and freeze and get them cold... Horses are great with cold, but wet and cold... Not so much. Also, breaking a leg; my girl would be running about from sun up to sun down if I left her out. It's just not worth the risk for me. Better keep them in and know they're safe than keep them out and worry... Or regret it.


Plus, Lacey's a little older. She would probably appreciate a night in the warm. ;)
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-11-2011, 12:14 AM
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I'm on the "put her in" boat, too. Young, healthy horses would have a bit of trouble navigating a steep, icy incline, let alone a (young at heart, healthy) more senior equine that has trouble with mud now. Could you perhaps keep her in, and handwalk her for a bit until it's safe to put her out again?


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Ok, this has made me feel so much better about putting her in! I will definitely be putting her in tomorrow evening. Good thing she doesn't mind changes to her routine.
I'll just make sure she has plenty of hay to munch so she doesn't get too bored. :P

Thanks!

Also, random llama question:
Does anyone know if llamas absolutely need shelter or will trees be enough for them in this sort of weather? The two llamas she lives with aren't really tame enough to shut in with her (I'd worry about stress killing them O.o I dunno if that's possible, but I wouldn't want to find out) but the easiest way to shut off an area for Lacey so that she has water, involves making it so the llamas can't access the shelter... There's plenty of tree cover nearby that they could get under but I don't know...
My original 'shutting Lacey in' plan involved hooking up the gate in a different place than where the hinges are, and giving her the larger part of the run-in with 2 buckets of water+a water heater and giving the llamas the smaller section with the water trough but I'm a little apprehensive that she might tip over the buckets and end up waterless...

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my guys are out in everything because we only have one stall and 3 horses, we leave the stall open and use the barn as a giant run in, so it's basically a 4 sided shelter with a garage door...BUT our pasture is also very flat and only about 3 acres, so if I were in your place I would leave her in also
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-11-2011, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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She's in now. :)
She kinda looked around after I shut her in like "what? You're weird." but then she sighed and settled down happily to eat her hay. She's so darn freakin' cute.

Thanks for the help! I really appreciate it.

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