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  • Will horses eat snow if thirsty
  • Will horses eat snow if they are thirsty

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    12-09-2008, 01:26 AM
winter tricks?

Just wondering what trick's people use to get there horses ready for the winter!!!!, paddock and barn do you deal with out side water sources?
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    12-09-2008, 01:38 AM
We don't change much. They have free access to the barn for shelter and we bring hot water pails twice a day and break ice out of the buckets. (We have cold water access in the barn) We used to make the pasture smaller so that when the snow melted they didn't tear it up but we made it extremely large now so we don't have to worry about that.
    12-09-2008, 08:10 AM
After the winter we had last year I had to buckle down and really get to the poop in their stalls every day, twice a day if I'm able.

I also now shovel a wide path in front of their stall doors so the snow doesn't pile, and the poop doesn't take over there as well.

The poop freezes fairly quickly and if it goes a few days, it's just too frozen to be able to be picked up. I used to think I could do it every 3-4 days. Hmm, nope!

Other than that, they have 24/7 turnout, heated automatic waterer and they don't have a need for blanketing thank goodness.

Oh, I do have one gelding that can tend to pick on the other older gelding so I did buy a seperate heated bucket for one of them if I need to section off the other horse because of the excessive "running" him around syndrome!
    12-09-2008, 09:35 AM
The only thing I change is I give a flake of hay at 9-10 pm and we fence off the "acorn paddocks" my horse is a member of the AAA (Acorn Addict Anonymous)
    12-09-2008, 10:31 AM
I used to keep my bridles in the car to keep the bit warm. Now I bought a bit warmer. That isnt really having to do with water but it's my tip!
    12-09-2008, 10:56 AM
Growing up we had 20 gallon rubber tubs and filled it twice a day (6 am and 6pm)... whatever they didnt finish out of it we would pound out (hence the rubber tubs). It would amount to 5 gallons a horse but they would usually have a little left. Water heaters were not an option since my dad didnt want to pay for the electricity. We also had cattle we had to haul water for as well.

The horses had free run in and out of the barn... we also made the pasture smaller since the snow plow would eventually take the fence out. The manure we would pile outside the barn and then in the spring we would haul it out for spreading. It is tough to spread in the winter since the fields get filled in with snow.

I really hate winter... the cold, the ice, the snow... oh well I guess.
    12-09-2008, 05:34 PM
Originally Posted by hotreddun    
the only thing I change is I give a flake of hay at 9-10 pm and we fence off the "acorn paddocks" my horse is a member of the AAA (Acorn Addict Anonymous)
AAA............thats too funny!
    12-10-2008, 12:09 AM
Well seeing as it's winter basically 6-8 months of the year here, we're basically always set up for it.
Some of the horses don't have water during the day because the troughs freeze. But really they can eat snow if they're thirsty. Some of them have autos though, and the ones out 24/7 have autos and sheds for sure though.
The BO just put straw outside and the horses seem to enjoy standing by it for some odd reason haha. And they do also get fed more hay and blanketed up.
Otherwsie nothing really changes. They all go out during the day and come in during the night. I prefer my horse to be out for as long as possible because a stalled up 5 year old is not fun to ride, and he's a bunch happier outside. He's only inside in the winter so that I can ride basically all year round.

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