I've got a turnout blanket for when it's exceptionally cold, but it's right under the edge of the blanket by her neck where it's the worst. Usually she gets it on her rump, but this time it's all along her shoulder.
As far as diet, I've just added beet pulp to help keep weight up during the winter (yes, I soak it thoroughly), and I'll look into the copper.
Also from my hours/days/months of research into horse care/ownership in England it's almost a legal requirement (heavily frowned upon if you don't) to have some form of shelter in the field. Is that not the case in Atlanta?
There again.. this is England and the weather is always bad!
I don't think it's a legal requirement. I know it is for dogs and what not, that if you keep them outside they need shelter from the elements, but I don't think it is for horses. My hubby is a lawyer so I suppose I could have him look it up, but I think there are a lot of people around here who don't have a barn or a lean- to. There are a fair amount of trees on the property, and I figure if the BM is comfortable enough to leave her personal horses over there, than I should be too. It's not like I've ever had a barn or shelter any way :)
And as to the cost of barn board and what not, it's also just a matter of convenience. I'm going to be having a baby in March, so having both of my horses at the same spot is going to be easier than having to stop by at both places. I like taking care of my horses, but it's not going to get any easier once there's a new baby.
My dad thinks I'm ridiculous for worrying about the horses so much, because when I was growing up our horses never had a barn or even turn out blankets. They were out in the elements all the time no matter what, and they turned out fine. But I've never encountered a horse that get's rain rot as often in the winter as Ginger does. It's very irritating.