Question about the cold

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Question about the cold

This is a discussion on Question about the cold within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

    LinkBack Thread Tools
        01-13-2009, 10:40 PM
    Question about the cold

    Ok I am moving to Ohio soon and my G/F's aunt and uncle own some horses, anyways She and I feel the horses aren't really well cared for and We will probably buy at least one probably two of them from them (that in and of itself is a long story)

    Any ways I have a question about cold weather and horses. How cold does it need to be to start thinking about getting them a blanket or finding warm shelter? I live in Arizona so it isn't really a concern, but in Ohio it gets pretty cold.
    Sponsored Links
        01-13-2009, 10:43 PM
    I say about anywhere under 20 degrees celcius? It depends on the wind, though. If it's windy AND cold, that is definitely not too good. ;) I say blanket if it's too cold to ride, or if you are freezing yourself!
        01-13-2009, 10:46 PM
    Well, I'm in IL and it's 4 right now. The high today was 6. Tomorrow night it's supposed to get down to -7. We don't blanket. We do have available shelter but they don't usually go into the barn.
        01-13-2009, 10:49 PM
    A shelter/run-in to get out of the rain and wind, and enough hay is all they need if they have a good winter coat.
        01-13-2009, 11:05 PM
    Wow. You guys are all the warm weather type! LOL.. Tonight it is -30 celcius. My girls are probably in their free access barn right now because I put hay in there for them, but most times, they are outside by choice. No blankets. They have winter coats and so well insulated that when it snows, the snow doesn't melt on their backs. I would only blanket an old or sick horse, or one that's been clipped, or if they are put in the barn every night. Going from a "warm" barn (say just above freezing) to -30 would be way too hard for them to adjust to.

    Edited to add -30 C = about 20 below Fahrenheit and it gets colder than that here.
        01-13-2009, 11:13 PM
    It was -31 F here this morning and never used a blanket. Horses stay much warmer with hay 24/7 then any other way. Ours are outside 24/7 year round they have round bales at all times and a 3 sided shed. Everything from the 08 foals to the 27 year old stallion
        01-13-2009, 11:14 PM
    We'd go 2 week straight where the temperature went from -70 to -20F including wind chill up in Vermont. The horses who were used to it and had nice thick coats were never blanketed. Two TBs with thin coats lived in their winter blankets. If the wind was down and/or the temp went above -40 the horses went out for the day. Plenty of hay and lots of fresh water was required. They got hot mash morning and night.
    If you keep a horse dry and give them the ability to get totally out of the wind (3 sided shelter at least) a healthy horse can manage -20 to -40 with a good food supply and buddies. The more horses that are together, the more heat they produce. Once the sun goes down I don't like leaving anyone out, but I've known a number of ranchers that turn the herd out for the winter and come to get them in the spring. If it comes to the worst horses will line up next to each other, tails to the wind and let the snow pile on their back, they stay pretty insulated.
    A horse in poor condition, or that isn't used to the weather can't be expected to handle such temperatures. From what I've seen, a horse needs at least 3 years in an area to be prepared for a hard winter.
        01-13-2009, 11:19 PM
    I live in Ohio, and I don't blanket my horse in any weather. If you're going to keep them outside, then you may want to blanket them, and definitely have a run-in shed so they can get out of the weather. If you're keeping them inside, a blanket isn't really necessary. What part of Ohio are you moving to?
        01-13-2009, 11:23 PM
    As many others have's been below 0*F here a lot lately and my horses have free access to go inside if they wish and have never been blanketed...but they choose to be outside. As long as they have grown the proper coat they will be fine. If you are moving soon and they haven't had the chance to grow the coat you will want to keep an eye on them...see if they are shivering or whatever. At a place I used to board one of my horses the lady had an old horse she had gotten from way down south and he was always cold so she needed to blanket him but that is something rare as far as I'm concerned. Especially if they go into winter in the place where it will be cold it shouldn't be an issue as horses adapt very well normally to cold temperatures.
        01-14-2009, 12:01 AM
    I start putting a sheet on when it gets in the 50 's F if its windy but not if its sunny. Then when it gets low 40's F I put on an insolated stable blanket and then colder then that I put on a medium weight turnout and he alwasy sleeps in a blanket.

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:


    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    How cold is to cold to ride.... prbygenny Horse Health 29 12-14-2008 06:40 PM
    horse cold? sandy2u1 Horse Health 7 11-15-2008 09:19 PM
    mini with a cold!!! Painted Ride Horse Health 4 08-10-2008 06:54 PM
    Too Cold to Ride? Stepher Horse Talk 3 11-25-2007 02:26 PM
    getting cold?? KANSAS_TWISTER General Off Topic Discussion 13 10-10-2007 05:35 PM

    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:06 PM.

    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0