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post #1 of 17 Old 10-18-2011, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Shaking terribly.

Last night we had a rain storm blow through and I didnt think anything about it, as our horses have a shelter to go into (which they DO use) and it wasnt too cold. Maybe 40* at the most. Well when I went out to feed this morning I wanted to feed them in their shelter so if any more rain came, they wouldnt get all wet and cold. When I looked at my horse his shoulder, butt, and legs were all shaking, shaking terribly! I've never seen him shake so bad! Is he sick? Or is he cold? Should I get a medium light water resistant turn out blanket? I told my parents and they said "oh, he's fine, he's just a horse..." But I don't think so, if he wasnt cold I don't know why he would be shaking... something seems wrong. Or maybe, Im just over worrying and he's fine? Why do you think he would be shaking so bad? His legs looked like a leaf in the wind... it was pitiful! I have a blanket for like 30 below, but not one for 50 and below... maybe I should invest in one? He is quite chubby, not at all on the skinny side. We rescued him about 9 months ago... And the other horse, wasnt shaking at all, which make me wonder whats wrong...

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post #2 of 17 Old 10-18-2011, 10:01 AM
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Sorry I don't have the answer but I am interested in hearing the responses as well because my horse just started doing the same thing he doesn't seem to be shivering when he is moving but standing still and eating he is shaking just like yours and we had a big rain/snow windstorm come through as well
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He is cold. He most likely was shut out of the shed at night, got wet which flattened his coat making it lose it's insulation power and he had little to no hay to munch on during the night. The digestion process releases a ton of energy which will keep most horses warm without blanketing.

If he's wet, towel him off and put a blanket on him to make him dry faster. Get some hay (not grain) in him. He doesn't need a blanket as you want to promote a good wooly coat. Horses that were in poor condition often have a little more trouble growing a good coat the first winter but you should be able to keep him toasty warm with simply more hay.
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He is cold. He most likely was shut out of the shed at night, got wet which flattened his coat making it lose it's insulation power and he had little to no hay to munch on during the night. The digestion process releases a ton of energy which will keep most horses warm without blanketing.

If he's wet, towel him off and put a blanket on him to make him dry faster. Get some hay (not grain) in him. He doesn't need a blanket as you want to promote a good wooly coat. Horses that were in poor condition often have a little more trouble growing a good coat the first winter but you should be able to keep him toasty warm with simply more hay.
Ahh, okay. Then that's what it is. As their field is as good as a desert since they moved in And currently we have no hay for them to free feed on. Its very dry here, and we have had a hard time finding bales for them to continually munch on. They get fed twice a day, alfala and oats both times... very soon we will be getting some bales for them to munch on! Thank you!!!

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Was he wet while he was shaking?
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He wasn't too wet. Just a tiny bit wet on his back. They had been in the shelter, or else he would have been completely soaked with the rain we had.

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Has he grown any sort of coat yet and did you get him from your area or a more southern climate? I agree he was more than likely just a bit cold and hay would definitely help warm him up. Lily was pretty miserable her first fall up here until I figured out just how much hay she could eat. Once I had her on basically free choice hay she was good until her body kicked up the coat production.
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Give him a warm mash, take a piece of burlap and briskly rub him down and plenty of hay.
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If he wasn't wet, then he really shouldn't have been so cold, and I would wonder about an underlying health problem....is he at a good weight? Does he have a good coat? I agree that free choice hay seems to be warranted.
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He has a gorgeous shiny coat, he is at a perfect weight and so far, has been very healthy.

First day we rescued him


And now


He has an unreal thick mane, he has lots of energy, and is always so happy and willing!

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