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        01-18-2012, 07:25 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Exclamation Crud...The Cold Is Here *Please anser right away*

    Okay, so I was just watching tv, and it sounds like it is going to get freezing cold tonight. They said wind chills will be approaching -35 to -40. I haven't put a blanket on Lookit yet this year. I'm thinking he probably needs a blanket, right? Let me know if you think he'd be fine as I've never dealt with blanketing before. We are in Minnesota.

    I'm nervous to put it on him, because I don't want him to get tangled up overnight. Do you think he would be okay?

    There is a run in shelter, and there are 6 other geldings. He's fat, so would he stay warmer?

    Please give your opinions. Being a first time horse owner can be so overwhelming. =P Thank you!
         
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        01-18-2012, 07:29 PM
      #2
    Trained
    It's -40F here and both my horses do not have blankets. They even have icicles on their eyelashes. No they are not cold, I make sure they have plenty of hay so no shivering going on, also they like running around like fools when it's cold. Your horse should be fine.
         
        01-18-2012, 07:36 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    It's -40F here and both my horses do not have blankets. They even have icicles on their eyelashes. No they are not cold, I make sure they have plenty of hay so no shivering going on, also they like running around like fools when it's cold. Your horse should be fine.
    Okay, thank you for answering so fast! You've helped put my mind at rest. Google wasn't being very helpful in my search for an answer.
         
        01-18-2012, 07:40 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    As long as he is healthy, has hay to eat (this produces heat) and shelter from wind he should be fine. Just be sure the herd dynamic is such that all the horses will actually tolerate the whole group in the shelter at the same time.
         
        01-18-2012, 07:45 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    It's -40F here and both my horses do not have blankets. They even have icicles on their eyelashes. No they are not cold, I make sure they have plenty of hay so no shivering going on, also they like running around like fools when it's cold. Your horse should be fine.
    You are literally took the words out of my mouth! Except it's not quite -40, but yes, my mare has icicles on her eyelashes, and hanging from her mane! Not one single solitary shiver, though, and as you appropriately stated, "plenty of hay"- (a very key issue to winter horse-keeping!) She was rolling, bucking and running around like a fool today too!
    Just make sure, Kittersrox, that your horse has plenty of hay and shelter - he'll be a happy and healthy boy! :)
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        01-18-2012, 07:46 PM
      #6
    Trained
    My horses rarely use their run in shed, they prefer the fir trees. Hardy beasts!
         
        01-18-2012, 07:52 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Thank you everyone! Yes, they have plenty of hay. The horses get together pretty well. Lookit is one of the 'top dogs' so I don't need to worry about him getting chased away.
         
        01-18-2012, 07:53 PM
      #8
    Trained
    Lookit is such a cool name.
         
        01-18-2012, 07:55 PM
      #9
    Trained
    They would most likely be colder with blankets on at this point. The blankets would flatten down their fluffy winter coats that they puff up to retain heat. But as others have mentioned, as long as they have plenty of hay and shelter, they should be fine.
         
        01-18-2012, 08:00 PM
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    Trained
    And if your horses are anything like mine, their mission in life is to shed blankets. Especially if the word "tear" resistant was used to describe these expensive blankets.
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