Snow + steep hills... in or out?
Since this is related to Lacey's health and safety, I figured that this section was probably the best... :)
Anyway, on Sunday evening/Monday, my area is scheduled for the first "big" snow of the year. It probably won't be more than 4 inches, but we're supposed to have a "crazy" winter this year so I suppose it could be more or less...
Basically, I'm wondering if I should create a stall area (it wouldn't be hard at all) for Lacey in the shed/barn she has access to and stick her in there tomorrow night, just in case.
I'm concerned that since the hills are so steep, and if the snow is wet-ish and slippery like we usually get, that she might get stranded in her "favorite place" (which is basically an acre away from the shed) and then get too cold or dehydrated (her water is in the shed) because she doesn't feel safe enough on her feet to get to the shed... She's like that, she's basically terrified of slipping.
I really don't know. She's blanketed, so temperature-wise she'll probably be fine...
What would you do? I'm inclined to shut her in just becuase, but at the same time I don't really want to...
Also, if you say to let her out, what level of snow would you shut her in at? Since we're supposed to have a "crazy" winter this year, we might get something like we did 3 years ago, where we got over 4 feet of snow all in one night... I think if that happens again I would definitely shut her in, just for her own safety... But would you?
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