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        01-27-2009, 01:49 AM
    I totally understand your concern and would be worried myself if my horses were out in the cold. 20s-30's fortunately is not that bad on them, and its not been raining. Age yes can play a part, and so can where they have been living the last few years (part of the country) but remember horses have lived in the wild for a long time. I grew up in Upstate NY where a horse ranch still turned their 40 head out in the back pasture for the winter. They scattered 20 or so round bails, locked the gate and called them in when the snow (which got 7-10 feet deep) melted in the spring. They rarely lost anything but a young foal or a very old, ill horse. I hope that makes you feel a little better.
    I would definitely require this boarder to supply you with a weight equivelant of "a splash" and the actual poundage of hay they provide daily. Since not doing that would be neglect on their part and you obviously don't want to have to report them, or stop paying or anything. Horses don't have a problem getting to grass under snow or dead leaves, but if they have eaten it all... I'd be more concerned with water supply. They can't drink ice. It also wouldn't take more than 10 minutes on their part to string some tarps between trees for a wind break. I hope you get it worked out.
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        01-27-2009, 09:09 AM
    If they are outside in winter they NEED a supply of hay, talk to the barn owner/manager and tell them you want them to get x amount of hay if its only the two out there maybe 3/4 a bale a day would be reasonable to the managers. I wouldn't be overly concerned if its only 30-20s at night that isn't horribly cold, as long as they are furry if they aren't maybe just a light weight water proof. But I wouldn't blanket unless you bring them in and groom every couple days.
        01-27-2009, 11:08 AM
    Thanks everyone! I'm going to call the owners today and see if I can't get them to feed them hay as well. If nothing else, I'll go down there and give it to them myself, I know where they keep the hay. The problem is, we've boarded there for so long, that there isn't really any written agreement anywhere that I know of. We've boarded there literally since 1994, so there's probably an agreement somewhere, but it wasn't for the horse I have now. It's really convoluted. My mom dated the owner of the barn for a really long time, and when they broke up, things got crazy. He didn't charge us very much at all after the break up since we let them use the horses for lessons. Then they got some people to lease the farm from him, and he told us our deal was off. Well, we couldn't afford to have two horses in a stall because of the regular price, so we were forced to send them to the pasture. Then, the new leasers weren't working out because everyone complained about them, so they took back over.

    His new wife is nice, but because my mom is his ex-girlfriend, she probably isn't going to want to do us any favors. :( This is another reason we are bringing them to my house, but we aren't finished with the fence yet. Its so complicated, its ridiculous, but the bottom line is that I need to know my horses are OK. And I've been worried sick. Of course its snowing today and we're supposed to get about 4". :(
        01-27-2009, 12:05 PM
    Wow, convoluted is right..... I feel for you. I guess the bottom line is that you are the one that is ultimately responsible for your horse's.

    I think that going and helping yourself to hay, which you;re paying for, is a darn good idea. Good luck!!
        01-27-2009, 12:16 PM
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    That is pretty crappy. Doesn't he have round bales too or is he just baling squares now? He should at least put a round bale out. And if you don't have blankets, ask him about extra blankets. He used to have a ton in the schooling barn... they should have waterproof blankets on, especially tonight w/ the ice coming down... UGH... poor ponies!
        01-27-2009, 01:33 PM
    I would suggest putting blankets on to keep them warm =]
        01-27-2009, 04:51 PM
    Thanks everyone for your concern! I talked directly to the owner a few hours ago and he assured me they were getting hay since it has been so cold and there is snow on the ground. Thank God!!! I'm so relieved! I told him about how his wife said they were only getting "a splash of pellets" and he said that wasn't true, that they get hay too in the winter and when it is warm, they only get pellets. So I feel much better! He also said he wouldn't let anything happen to them and that they were being taken care of. Of course I will continue to moniter them since its so cold, but they have their wooly coats (they have since November) and each other to stand next to. Thanks all for your suggestions and advice!
        01-27-2009, 07:06 PM
    Heres Vida this morning. Its been in the 40-50's and then dropped to teens and 20's sleeted ice pellets and snow last night. They have a shelter but obviously don't use it. They have lots of hay though
    Glad to hear yours will be taken care of.
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        01-27-2009, 10:07 PM
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    Vidaloco, had to laugh when I saw Vida and her buddy. Reminds me of Walka. Really irritates me to see him out in the sleet and snow when he could be in the barn out of the elements! Oh well, he's happy at least.
        01-27-2009, 10:17 PM
    Vidaloco, That looks familiar.. I took a pic this morning of a couple of mine. Abe with a smattering of snow/ice and Cheno, the spoiled old man with his blanket.. I have to cut his dang hay up into 2-3" bits.. What a pita.
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