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post #1 of 9 Old 08-04-2010, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

I'm planning on keeping my 7 year old Tb outside for the winter months.
A part of me feels bad about leaving him outside for the winter even tho
I know he will be just fine. Has anyone else felt this way? I have many reasons why I know he will be fine:
He is a really easy keeper and keeps weight on all the time
I have Lots of Blankets for him incase it gets really cold
If the weather gets really bad our Bo has no problem letting the horses stay in the arena over night.
And he has a great buddie that he will get to live with
I'm pretty sure I'm just being a scared mommy, and I'm pretty sure he lived outside before I bought him.

Thanks for reading my worry rant I just needed to get it all out for myself

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-04-2010, 07:06 PM
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I'm the same way! Last winter the girls came in at night and out during the day.

This winter I think we will be keeping them out all around, except for feeding and training. I'm also worried they wont be warm enough, which blankets to use, what about their ears! Won't they freeze off?

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-04-2010, 07:07 PM
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As long as he has a blanket for windy, rainy, or snowy days/nights and shelter he can run under, then he'll be fine. If he doesn't have a good shelter, or a thick stand of evergreen trees to get under, then I might want to move him in to a pasture that does.
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-04-2010, 08:55 PM
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Ha! I was such a nervous nellie my first year! I had the heavy duty 350 grams blanket, the neck cover. I would have covered his legs if they sold a product. Two years later, I know how much he loves the snow and leave him unblanketed until the coldest days arrive. I guess it's like being a new parent. The first kid you carry like it's going to break and the second you carry under your arm like a football.

I'm doing the same thing this year. I don't feel bad only because I know he's going to love tearing around like a lunatic once it hits 20 degrees or lower. My boy has a big shed to stand in and his best buddy with him, so I'll know he'll be fine. I'm more worried about him twisting something while he's being a goofball.

If you're not planning on clipping him, let him grow in a nice thick coat before blanketing him. I read a few months ago in Equus (I think) that TB's skin actually gets thicker in winter along with growing in a coat which gives them a slight advantage over other breeds for withstanding the temps on winter.

Just remember, water available at all times to keep that hay moving.

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-04-2010, 08:58 PM
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If he has free choice hay to generate warmth and something to block the wind, he'll be happier outside than he would ever be inside regardless of the cold.

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On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-04-2010, 09:09 PM
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If he has free choice hay to generate warmth and something to block the wind, he'll be happier outside than he would ever be inside regardless of the cold.
I agree. A friend of ours (a vet) told us that as long as they're dry and not in the brunt of the storm, livestock have basically no problem with cold. Horses are outdoor animals
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-04-2010, 09:15 PM
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Being outside is so much healthier for them, they can do what they want to do and what they would do naturally, the biggest thing for me as a comfort to him being outside all the time is that he is never ever alone. In a stall if something bothers him, he has no herd, nowhere to run, no one else to stand near and be protected. I pity horses who live cooped up in stalls...it is so completely, utterly opposite their nature in every single way, its hard on their digestion, their joints and feet, their muscles, their psychology...everything.

I was always told that between heat and cold, horses usually cope better in cold.
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-05-2010, 11:34 AM
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I agree, horses do fine outside in winter as long as they have access to fresh water, quality feed and shelter. I have always kept my horses outside, even when an indoor stall was available to them.

Blanketing can be tricky, as you have to make sure the blanket stays dry and you are using one of a suitable weight. Here we can get very warm spells followed by extreme cold. The weather can change by 20-30 degrees in one day, so I find I am often running out to the barn to change / check the blankets. I always keep two blankets on hand just in case one gets wet or ripped. I also blowdry my horses to make sure they are completely dry before blanketing and returning them outside. Generally, it is much easier to let them grow a good winter coat and not blanket unless you are doing quite a bit of riding, which causes them to sweat.

When it gets really cold, I feed extra grain. Because they are boarded, I rely on the stable to ensure they have a good supply of free-choice quality hay.

Blanketing, blowdrying, extra feed... the things we do for our babies in the winter...
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-05-2010, 12:10 PM
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My Quarter Horse has a huge warm stall which opens to a large run. Unless it's hailing, pouring on her head or her grain bucket is filled, the stall is empty and abandoned. She's generally blanketed at night when it's really snowy and cold. It obviously isn't a problem for her, she was 100lbs under weight when we got her last Oct. And by Spring she had gained that 100lbs + more.
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