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    11-20-2010, 08:41 PM
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She's barefoot so hoof-wise she'll be fine.
I think I'll leave her out and see how she handles it, then if she's acting all weird and worried in the morning, I'll know for the next time it snows. :)

Another thought I had: the vet, when she came out last weekend, told me that Lacey has some changes to her inner eye that make it very difficult for her to see much at dawn and dusk... Would that have any effect on her safety, you think? She's a smart girl so I'm sure she won't do anything dumb but I want to check. :)

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    11-20-2010, 09:11 PM
I'd think the sight thing may tend to make her more nervous at first, but as she gets used to it she should be fine. I don't think it should make much difference. I knew a woman with a blind horse who did trail riding with her. She didn't really do much different, besides telling her to "step up" when asking her to step over something or on top of something during rides.
    11-20-2010, 09:48 PM
Everyone is probably right, she'll be fine if it is only a little bit of snow. My mare is kept on steep hills, when it snow it can drift up to 6 feet even when it might be 2 feet every where else. I fixed the problem of her hiding at the bottem (I can't get hay to her and there is no water or food) but putting up a fence with a large gate around her run in. Now if I think this going to be a big storm I put her in a paddock, where she has food and water. It might work, for you if you're worried about your horse.

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