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post #1 of 16 Old 01-29-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Cold Weather

So as we all know, it is winter out. Here in Canada, it is really cold! What kind of weather are you having?

I will tell you what we are having in Saskatchewan! It is -41 C foggy, windy, blowing snow and really cold! It is recomended no travel, and the visiblity in a lot of places is less then 3 km.

You may ask... What does this have to do with horses? Well, blankets are coming out.

Today, just 15 minutes ago, I went out to the farm, to put the blanket on my horse. It is a heavy weight winter blanket and meant for -30 C with a winter coat. Well, Breeze knew what was coming, she came galloping up to the gate as soon as she heard her name, and put up no fight to get it on (sometimes if it is really windy, like today she will)

Also, I also learned that they had no hay or straw in the pen at the time I was out their, thankfully they were getting both when I was leaving.

So what do your horses do when it comes time to blanket? Is is blanketing weather yet for you?
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-29-2013, 07:32 PM
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We don't blanket. If it gets below around 20*F they stay in the barn at night, but that's it with the exception of precipitation. They are always out during the day, unless it's very windy/wet snow/freezing rain. In summer they even stay out if it's only going to be showers.
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post #3 of 16 Old 01-29-2013, 07:34 PM
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We've opted to go blanket less this winter. The weathers been real funky and they all got their full coats. Last week it was 5*f today it was 60* and supposed to be low teens by Friday but to 30's again by Sunday. Ah yes, gotta love the weather here.
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post #4 of 16 Old 01-29-2013, 07:46 PM
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We have the same weather :( Horses seem fine. They all have an all you can eat baffet and lots of wind protection.
Our water in the house froze, but the troughs didn't. Horses are doing better then us. LOL
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post #5 of 16 Old 01-29-2013, 08:18 PM
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Never have blanketed. I might sometime, but that is just because I like the thought of blankets and barns and all that.
Our horses live out in the pasture with a round bale (replaced of course when it runs out) of alfalfa/grass hay and plenty of bush/wind break. If any of them start to get a bit skinny, we pull them from the pasture and bring them in to the corrals for their own hay and some grain.

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post #6 of 16 Old 01-29-2013, 08:44 PM
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My horses have been blanketed this winter. However I only blanketed them once it dropped -10C, or unless it was below 0C and raining. The temperatures dropped to -40C last week, and tomorrow it will be 10C. Needless to say, we have been playing the blanket dance all winter, taking them off, putting them during the day, on at night, etc. etc. etc.

On a positive note my new mare (this is my first winter with her) has never worn a blanket supposedly up until this winter, has gone from completely freaking at the sight of the blanket to standing perfectly still, untied in the paddock for blanketing time :)
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post #7 of 16 Old 01-29-2013, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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This is my fillies second winter but the first with the blanket on. I blanket her because she has no shelter, and the straw (if they have it) gets covered in snow! But I only blanket when it gets below -30 C

In summer, spring, and fall I will also blanket her with an ultra light fly blanket, because she is black, and she will be showing so I want to keep her confortable (keep flies away) and keep her black. Also, the blanket I will be using in the spring is white, so she will not attract the sun nearly as much.
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post #8 of 16 Old 01-29-2013, 09:10 PM
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Nope, never blanket. Last week temps were -30 to -40 celcius. Today is was -2 celcius with drizzle. Tomorrow it's supposed to rain/freezing rain :( Then that will get some ice pellets in it and then a bunch more snow to make up for all the snow that the rain will melt. Then we'll go back to -25 or -40 again.

I just wish we could have winter without any rain. I hate rain in the winter. Summer rain you can do stuff in; winter rain is miserable and makes things icy.
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post #9 of 16 Old 01-29-2013, 09:20 PM
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Ours don't get blankets. Temps have ranged from low 30's F to -30's F, including rain, sleet and snow. Trees for shelter and windbreak. No barn or building for shelter. All do just fine "naked". Even our 8 month old colt but he is such a furball
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post #10 of 16 Old 01-29-2013, 09:25 PM
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When I was in the UK I owned more blankets than you can count fingers and toes, and used them all. Heavy, Medium, Lightweight, fly rugs, stable rugs, the lot. Aaargh! Wet rug everywhere drying out overnight! Rug changing twice a day eurch!

Now I am living in the land of no-rain and I am one blissed-out horse owner with three fuzzy equines out there in the pasture with no rugs in sight. They have shelter in the trees, grass under the snow, and hay twice a day. They are getting fat because I've been giving them too much hay

Today was -28 with wind chill down to -43 and they were as happy as the proverbial piggies.
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