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post #1 of 17 Old 12-18-2008, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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!!BARN COLLAPSED due to 3 ft of snow!!

What do we do? We have no more stalls and the horses that were in the barns are up to thier bellies in snow--there blanketed but can damage be done when the snow is that high?
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-18-2008, 10:31 PM
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Bring them in the house!

Sorry I can't offer any real help, but I am sorry to hear that happened.
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post #3 of 17 Old 12-18-2008, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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I wish I could! Cause I would! Lol but a 15.2 hh stallion and a 14.3hh mare might be a bit of a problem. Lol :/
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They might be a problem. I wish I had some thing to said that was helpful, but I 'm sorry to hear that.

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I'm sorry to hear that! I don't really have any advise for you, we don't really get any snow here but I hope everything is ok.
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post #6 of 17 Old 12-19-2008, 10:23 AM
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Well, I don't know what you would need to do for sure...but I do remember that you are in CA...I wouldn't imagine that the snow will stick around for long, but that too depends upon just where in Ca you are. I guess if it was me, I would see about trying to clear a spot for the horses. Do you have a tractor??? I would clear off part of the arena for now...Maybe not down to the dirt but take the first couple of feet of snow off. Then the horses would be more able to lay down if they wanted to. Rest will be important to them since their barn is gone and the snow is up to their bellies. They can sleep standing up but they also need that deep REM sleep that comes with laying down. Also feeding will be a pain in the rear now, as well as keeping a thawed water supply. Keep more than ample hay available for them right now. They will need the warmth that the extra roughage will provide.

I wish you the very best of luck and hope for a quick melt. I'm really sorry to hear that the barn collapsed. That's just a stinker of a situation. Blankets will help and if it makes you feel any better, my horses don't even use the barn, they stand out in the ugly weather and they are just fine. Horses are a bit tougher than we sometimes give them credit for.

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Oh wow thank you for all of your replys--its been 3 ft for about 4 or so days! :/ And theres supposed to be another snowstorm coming. The auto waters exploded and froze and so did our house waterers--we tryed calling the fire department but even they can't get here, and we don't have a tractor--How long can they go without water? Thank you all for your support and advice!
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Kendall,

Horses need water EVERY DAY... Honey, go get some buckets and fill them in the house if you have to. Even if that means doing it every few hours through out the day!!!! Horses need like....10 gallons of water every day and that's for EACH horse.

Put on some warm clothes and get to work. Clearing the snow isn't all that important...food and water IS.

Get some hay out and some water...That's VERY IMPORTANT!!!!

I'm sorry for your current situation but you are going to have to go "old school" and carry water!!!!! Get ready for some work hun!!! Sounds like the horses need you now more than ever!!!!!!!!

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Dumas's_Grrl--Thats the problem all the pipes in our house and line are frozen! Theres no way I can get water--even our neighbors waters are frozen. If I could get it from the house I would--but I don't know what to do right now! I can't even drive out of my driveway :/ Is there any substitute? I don't have electrolytes on me right now... Could I try to melt snow in the house to give them? Would it be as good?
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Dumas's_Grrl--Thats the problem all the pipes in our house and line are frozen! Theres no way I can get water--even our neighbors waters are frozen. If I could get it from the house I would--but I don't know what to do right now! I can't even drive out of my driveway :/ Is there any substitute? I don't have electrolytes on me right now... Could I try to melt snow in the house to give them? Would it be as good?
I would think that would be better than nothing! Definitely don't expect them to get enough hydration from eating snow. If you get some large pots and start melting snow into water in mass quantities, I think that could help a lot.

I'm sorry you're dealing with this-weather all over the country is horrendous!

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