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post #1 of 4 Old 01-03-2014, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Weather complaint/advise?

So tonight is supposed to be -10 with extreme wind chill. I put blankets on 2/4 ponies for the snow storm the other day. Blankets will come off tomorrow or Sunday. It's supposed to warm up dramatically over the weekend (25/12, 39/35, 47/6!!!) Yes you read that right. Then 10/5, then back to the more normal 25/12.

Sunday and Monday are supposed to rain. While it's been like this all winter thus far this is the most extreme I've seen. I'm also afraid if the horses get wet with the rain what to do that night (thinking icicle ponies). (They are in run ins). Any advice? They are not typically blanketed though I might put the blankets back on the two then take them off Weds (but not when it's so warm... so they would have to be pretty dry that night) the other two will not be blanketed unless needed.

What would you do in this situation? Is there really anything you can do? I can't believe that we haven't had more sick horses around this year. Mine are tough little things but with something so drastic I'm worried. The temp itself they are fine with, just not if they are wet, and it's the jump I'm worried about.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-07-2014, 10:06 AM
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We've kind of had the same weather as you. Sun night it was really cold and raining/sleeting and yesterday it was a high of 5 degrees F with a wind chill of -17 degrees last night. Two of our horses (the ones that are lower on the power chain) get turnout sheets incase they get kicked out of the barn- that way they'll stay dry and it'll block the wind and at night we sometimes put them in the stalls to make sure they get in. The other three have access to a somewhat large open area in the barn and are not blanketed and they did just fine.

I would blanket them or at least put some type of turnout sheet on them if it's really windy or raining/ snowing. Once they get wet it's hard for them to stay warm. And as long as you think they can all get in the shelters I think they would be okay. Feed them a lot of hay and have a place where they can get out of the weather I guess is my advice.
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Yeah more concerned about the huge temp difference than everything else. 6 is cold but they will be fine without.

They ended up both being blanketed, they were standing out in the rain earlier so they got dried off and bundled up. Pony is fine and boarder is...not mine :X.

Haven't had a morning update, but I am sure they are just fine. At this point we will probably just leave the blankets on until it warms up (tomorrow) then it's back to naked until the weather starts doing weird stuff again :)
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