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post #1 of 10 Old 10-23-2012, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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hi so it rained outside tonight and duke was in the pasture it was about 5'C out side and raining much of the night. Do you think he will get sick?
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-23-2012, 11:08 AM
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Is he shivering? Runny nose? Cough? If none then don't worry.
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I personally wouldn't worry about it. My horse is out 24./7 in all temperatures without a blanket. And 5 degrees Celsius is the same as 41 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're worried, you can keep an eye on him. But like I said, I wouldn't worry too much.
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hi so it rained outside tonight and duke was in the pasture it was about 5'C out side and raining much of the night. Do you think he will get sick?
Ummm... most likely not. Is their a run in shelter in his pasture? Somewhere for him to stay dry? Also, how old is he? 5C isnt awfully cold, but if he is shivering I would throw a rug on him. Horses can usually stand below freezing tempuratures just fine as long as they are dry, its when they are wet, and its cold outside that they start getting cold. I don't think he will get sick though...
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Is he shivering? Runny nose? Cough? If none then don't worry.
When I left him he was perfectly healthy and I think he is ok now. I did not have time to go out yet but I will go in a min. What would happen if he Did get chilled what should I do?
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Give him extra hay. If it stopped raining already he will be fine with a bit more food if he's cold.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-23-2012, 11:15 AM
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Hmmm, 5C is rather chilly, but if he's not shivering or acting miserable, he should be fine.

If he did get chilled bringing him in out of the rain, putting a warm stable sheet on him, and giving him extra hay would help bring his temp back up quickly.

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post #8 of 10 Old 10-23-2012, 11:18 AM
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If he's set and cold you can rub him dry with towels or put a cooler on him until he warms up and dries off. And let him eat hay.
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-23-2012, 11:27 AM
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I like how even though those of us answering would do things a little differently, each and every one of us advised giving extra hay.

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-23-2012, 11:51 AM
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Haha well in my case when you go to feed hay my girl will push through the gate and put herself in a stall so...... But if it's raining below 50 degrees she has a blanket anyway.
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