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        01-23-2013, 10:54 PM
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    Trained
    -40 this morning; the horse was fine!

    I have an outside horse. She has a barn she can go to whenever she wants, but where is she? She's out standing by the trees. This morning, I went to check on her, figured I'd give her a little treat and this is what I saw!
    Sorry for the up-close-and-personal, but it's really hard to get a good shot of her when she's free. She just always wants to visit.

    cold-face.jpg

    And tonight, it's only -30; she wants no part of the barn. Supper? Thank you, then "I'm outta here!"
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        01-23-2013, 11:05 PM
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    Trained
    LOL
    My hardy little Alberta Arabians get that weather every year. We actually had it pretty good until three days ago. It just sucks because it went from +3C to -40C almost overnight.
    Everyone says that now is a good time to go out and see if I can feel the pins and rods in my leg now but...I can't wait for this cold snap to be over!
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        01-23-2013, 11:08 PM
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    Banned
    We had to get blankets for my field horses cause they litteraly get isicles on there fur.
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        01-23-2013, 11:10 PM
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    I've been feeding my outdoor-living three a bit more hay this week after that thaw last week resulted in more solid frozen ice down at the bottom where the grass is.

    Today, after feeling sorry for them in an all day snowstorm I felt for some ribs to check on condition..... Two have maintained weight, one has PUT ON! I have the goodest-doer fatties in the northern hemisphere!

    By the way, I can't feel any difference in the plate in my arm yet - should I expect to feel something when we hit minus 40? That would be interesting
         
        01-23-2013, 11:12 PM
      #5
    Trained
    WS -- yes, this is normal for us too. The last two winters were unusually warm.

    Thunder -- she didn't have icicles today. That was a few weeks ago I tried to take a picture that day, but it didn't turn out. Today she just had the frost all over her. It's very pretty; makes her look all "fuzzy".
         
        01-23-2013, 11:15 PM
      #6
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    
    I've been feeding my outdoor-living three a bit more hay this week after that thaw last week resulted in more solid frozen ice down at the bottom where the grass is.

    Today, after feeling sorry for them in an all day snowstorm I felt for some ribs to check on condition..... Two have maintained weight, one has PUT ON! I have the goodest-doer fatties in the northern hemisphere!

    By the way, I can't feel any difference in the plate in my arm yet - should I expect to feel something when we hit minus 40? That would be interesting
    I free feed mine, so they always food in front of them. I'm so not going to go out there when it's -40 and feed twenty horses. LOL

    I have no idea if you're supposed to feel a difference! I've heard some people say they can feel the metal, other's say they never did. Maybe it's up the individual. LOL
         
        01-23-2013, 11:17 PM
      #7
    Yearling
    We've never had a barn to keep the horses in. The big horses were out in the pasture with hay and some years they got oats. If we have young stock or hard keepers, they get brought into a wind break corral and get oats and hay.
    We haven't ever had a problem with horses getting cold (knock on wood)... And we live in SK.
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        01-23-2013, 11:21 PM
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    Originally Posted by WSArabians    
    I free feed mine, so they always food in front of them. I'm so not going to go out there when it's -40 and feed twenty horses. LOL
    Mine has basically free choice hay as well. The only reason she gets "supper" (a cup of grain) is as a training tool and guarantees that someone looks at her every day.

    Last winter she put on weight too. I was feeding a hard keeper at the same time, so Lisa got extra munchies! This year she's alone, so I ration her hay according to how much she ate the day before and whether or not it's cold or going to get cold.
         
        01-24-2013, 02:11 AM
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    Yearling
    I'm in Manitoba and it's been bitter here for the past week, supposed to warm up come the weekend, I will believe that when it happens LOL
    Our horses are out 24/7, they have a run in and bush they can go in, usually they stand with their backs to the bush out of the wind and sunning theirselves. I go down in the morning to fill the water trough and just before dark to give them their beet pulp and alfalfa......they've been known to break out and visit all the neighbors LOL so I like to go out at least twice a day to check to make sure they are all here still.......they have free access to grass hay also. If I put my hand in their hair or under their manes they are warm as toast....
         
        01-24-2013, 02:17 AM
      #10
    Trained
    I am feeling pretty darn lucky in BC right now. Only a foot of snow & hovering around -1C in the daytime. Tacked up with bare hands & no cold fingers! However February is still around the corner, winter is not over yet.
         

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