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    10-15-2009, 08:10 AM
too cold weather for young mare?!

Hey :)

Yesterday I saw for the first time my young mare shivering!
She lives in an open stable and our weather to time is very cold, windy and sometimes there is some rain!

She has enough weather-protected place to hide herself from rain, wind etc, she also have a lot of winter-pelt but for all that, I think its not enough for her!
I thought about it to feed her with some oat (for her lost energy (shivering) and give her a winter-horse coat! (dont know the right word in english)

Do you think this would be ok, or do you have more ideas?

(she's born in June 08)
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    10-15-2009, 09:14 AM
Give her more hay. It's the degestion process that generates the heat needed to keep the horse warm from the inside - out.

If she's still shivering with hay in front of her, try a blanket. But since she's so young you might buy 2-3 throughout the winter as she grows.
    10-15-2009, 09:41 AM
Oh ok, don't know that!
Yes, that's the problem, she has all the time hay!
Good idea, thank you :)
    10-15-2009, 09:44 AM
I second the advice to increase her fiber/hay intake. Grain does not do the job. If you can try to blanket for a short time only for shivering and see if that works. If you end up having to blanket all winter be sure to get a waterproof blanket.
    10-15-2009, 11:53 PM
Straw is an even better heat generator than hay. She still needs the hay for sure, but throw some straw out there also if you can.

Shivering is not always a concern. It is the body's natural way of generating heat. Unless she is shivering frequently, I wouldn't worry too much. If she is truly cold she will go to the warmest place she can find -- sometimes it's in the shelter and sometimes it's in the sun. Other than the shivering does she seem fine? Usual energy level and interest?
    10-16-2009, 05:28 AM
Yes, everyhing is ok!
Sometimes I take her as near-horse, or we were just grazing, but she seems always like she ever was!

Ok, so no grain?(she lost some weight)
    10-16-2009, 12:35 PM
Hey Cornelia,

Yes, you should keep on with the grain as well as the hay. If she is shivering when it's windy or rainy you could put a rain blanket on her. I do that with my two horses because I live in a very windy area, and wind plus rain/snow makes my horses shiver, even though they have a shelter (they don't always use it). In that way the horses grow a lot of fur for the winter and they only reed a "raincoat"

    10-16-2009, 01:10 PM
Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
Shivering is not always a concern. It is the body's natural way of generating heat. Unless she is shivering frequently, I wouldn't worry too much.
Agreed....if she has enough hay and she's not shivering all day, she'll be fine. On those few usually cold, windy, wet and freezing days NC, it still breaks my heart to see our mares shivering with icicles on them, but they really are fine.

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