Will They Be OK in the Cold?
I'm super worried about my horses, even though I've been told they are doing fine. They are 21 years old, and haven't really been outside 24 hours a day in a really long time. Like, over 10 years. They were barn-kept almost their entire lives. Out at night in the summer, and out during the day in the winter. Due to the cost of boarding, I was pretty much forced to make my two horses outdoor-only horses. They are in a gigantic pasture with lots of grass and woods. My concern is the fact that its the worst winter we've had in a LONG time and they aren't used to being outside! We put them out in either October or November, and I was thinking they were able to acclamate to it a little bit before it got horribly cold. My concern is that they don't have a true "shelter," all they have is the woods, which pretty much doesn't have much cover due to there being no leaves on the trees! Also, they told me they are getting a "splash" of pellets once a day. So they are basically forced to eat dead grass in the field and that's pretty much their only food. There is some green grass still out there, but not much. I know they huddle together for warmth and go into the woods when its cold and the wind blows. My one horse, Tanner, is a thoroughbred and we've had problems keeping weight on him in the past. Now that he isn't being used in lessons, that isn't really a problem anymore and I haven't ridden him in awhile, so it isn't like he's really active anymore. What do you all think? I can't move him to a different barn because all the others in the area are full. We are moving them to our property soon, but we aren't finished yet so it will be another couple of months before we get them to my house. :( I'm really concerned that they won't be able to handle all this cold weather!! (It's been in the 20s-30s in the evenings.) Thanks to all for any advice!
Mommy to Minnie, Lilly, and Tanner.