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post #1 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Turn out in winter?

I am not sure if this should go here, but I didn't find anything else like it, so I am sorry if it has already been posted.

I know everyone varies with turnout, but I was wondering generally what people do. I just bought my first stock breed, a paint horse. I am used to having warmbloods that don't go out if its too cold, let alone snowing or anything. I want him to be able to go out, and I realize there are a lot of horses that stay out all winter long without blankets. My horse has a medium coat, and I bought him a medium winter blanket with a hood. His pasture does not have a run it, so when should I not turn him out this winter? I am trying to find a nice used heavy blanket, but without there being a shelter I don't know if he should be going out when it is really cold anyways. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 02:17 AM
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He really should have a way to escape the elements in a run in shelter or a clump of trees if he chooses, although there are a lot of horses that enjoy standing out in it. Also with being turned out all season, you will have to be a bit more careful about them romping around and slipping, twisting something, or any other injury. My guy loves to be turned out even in the worst elements. I don't blanket because he's got a great thick coat. He gets turned out on days that aren't super rainy and the ground isn't super slick. Luckily he has trees to run under as well. Hope that helps!
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post #3 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 12:05 PM
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Yep, where you live he really needs to have a shelter of some sort to retreat to when the weather is too bad.

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post #4 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 01:15 PM
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I am not sure if this should go here, but I didn't find anything else like it, so I am sorry if it has already been posted.

I know everyone varies with turnout, but I was wondering generally what people do. I just bought my first stock breed, a paint horse. I am used to having warmbloods that don't go out if its too cold, let alone snowing or anything. I want him to be able to go out, and I realize there are a lot of horses that stay out all winter long without blankets. My horse has a medium coat, and I bought him a medium winter blanket with a hood. His pasture does not have a run it, so when should I not turn him out this winter? I am trying to find a nice used heavy blanket, but without there being a shelter I don't know if he should be going out when it is really cold anyways. Thanks in advance!
My mother's KWPN lived outside all last year and *surprise* he lived! My SWB goes out in all weather (he does live inside at night though), and where do you think all the Warmblood broodmares live?
I clip my horse in winter - but I leave his neck, legs and usually his tummy. All of the pastures at our barn are either shielded from wind by a patch of trees or they have a shelter. So for my horse he gets fairly well blanketed all year round (400g polyfill - regular turnout) and then in the cold snap he ends up in a 360g polyfill turnout (with neck) and a 300g polyfill stable blanket.
My mother's horse who has a "medium coat" will probably end up in just a 400g polyfill blanket in the cold snap and a 200g one regularly.
The biggest thing is making sure your winter blankets are waterproofed and windproofed!! This is going to make the largest difference to your horse. Remember that horses like temperatures around 0C (32F) and they do better in cold temperatures than warm ones as long as they are dry and out of the wind. Horses produce heat by digesting hay, so if horses have free choice grass hay and a shelter - they can stay warm in all weather.
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post #5 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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well he is only going to be going out during the day, and then brought it at night into his stall. so from about 7-5 he will be out. There is a really large tree he can get under, but I don't know if he will. And its not my barn, so I can't just put a shelter up.

so when it gets cold ill put my medium blanket or heavy on him, and he can go out no matter what, just not if it is too slippery or icy or a blizzard. does that sound about right?
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post #6 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 10:59 PM
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My horses live out 24/7, all year round, with no shed. They live, quite happily :]

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post #7 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 11:02 PM
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My horses are out 24/7 as well. They have a shelter to get under but they usually don't. I don't put a blanket on at all so they grow nice thick coats.
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post #8 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 11:10 PM
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I live in MA, and the weathers very similar to OH, ( i go there alot bc i have reliatives there) and i turn my horse out for about 11 hours a day, and if its under 25 degrees or so or freezing rain he gets his medium weight blanket on. if its above 25 but below around 40, and its cold rain, he goes out with a sheet on. ( to keep him dry) his fur is like medium thickness? for winter, and he has no shelter in his paddock. just one tree. and he does just fine everyday all day. id say your would be fine out all day everyday if its similar to mine
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post #9 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 11:12 PM
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oh and if its above 25ish, and not raining, hes blanketless
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post #10 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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thats so much everyone!

and that you so much heyycutter :). that makes me feel a lot better!!!!
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