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    01-05-2014, 09:20 AM
  #41
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Originally Posted by its lbs not miles    
If you say so, but we're really not having a cold spell. It's a pretty typical start of the year. True, we've had warmer (I've gotten mosquito bites on NYE when I was down here in my youth), but we've already had a couple days a few weeks back that got down into the upper 20's at night and only into the 40's for the daytime high. My horses think this is Autumn vacation compared to what it was like during the times up north (now their impressions of the Summers here are probably a different story).
Around 1900 we hit our low for tonight at about 40/41 F. It's a couple of degrees warmer now and working it's way to the lower 60's by tomorrow afternoon. I don't even have the heat on since the fireplace is enough to heat the area nicely.
Would be fabulous riding weather except that it's suppose to rain (I'm hoping not). Wednesday was the last day of hunting season (for deer) so if the rain stays away we can hit the woods and the fire lines.
Ok, just a tiny bit mean there Miles!
I used to live in the low country too... and often at this time of year, when I am buried under mounds of snow wiping ice off my glasses I ponder which I dislike more....
Freezing my backside off for 4 months of the year, or 4+ months of humidity so thick one has to cut it with a knife in order to breathe. Go outside in the summer down there and you are soaking wet in minutes because it's not only hot but humid, humid, humid.

I have yet to draw a conclusion other than wow is it refreshing to have also lived somewhere when it was 90 with sun shine and low humidity...it was very enjoyable.
This from a girl who typically does not like anything over 74.
     
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    01-05-2014, 09:49 AM
  #42
Foal
Stupid cold is a good way to describe what is coming. Some may say since I live in da UP, I should be used to this. But I actually live in a little "banana belt" here. Less snow and temperatures are a little milder. So this absolutely brutal temperature drop is rarely seen here.

I know all the horses at the neighbors have heavyweight blankets on them. I am not putting my goats out during these cold days. Kinda of like stalling a horse. But they won't colic like a pasture boarded horse suddenly getting stalled. Though I'm actually not worried about the goats. I'm worried about my chickens and ducks. They are going to be closed up, too. The ducks never willingly go into the coop. Well, today they'll have no choice. The pop door will be closed behind them!
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    01-05-2014, 10:27 AM
  #43
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
Ok, just a tiny bit mean there Miles!
I used to live in the low country too... and often at this time of year, when I am buried under mounds of snow wiping ice off my glasses I ponder which I dislike more....
Freezing my backside off for 4 months of the year, or 4+ months of humidity so thick one has to cut it with a knife in order to breathe. Go outside in the summer down there and you are soaking wet in minutes because it's not only hot but humid, humid, humid.

I have yet to draw a conclusion other than wow is it refreshing to have also lived somewhere when it was 90 with sun shine and low humidity...it was very enjoyable.
This from a girl who typically does not like anything over 74.
Not being mean at all
Just responding to the need for those in the South to be prepared (I'm waiting for it).

I'll never dispute the brutality of the Summers here. Although my family has been here for centuries I was neither born nor grew up here. I did spend some years of my youth here, but most was in Central Europe, VA, MA. I was here in 73 during the worst snow storm in the states history. I'd only been back in the states from Germany for about 2 years and found it humorous that everything stopped (not even a set of tire tracks on the hwy). I don't think Charleston had gotten but around 6" and we had less than a foot at the farm so for me it was not an unusual Winter day, but the rest of the state came to a complete stop so I went rabbit hunting (best haul I ever made for a days hunt in SC ). Probably should have gone riding, but how often do you get a chance to track something down in the snow in SC . Come to think of I got out of the Army in time to be down here during what was probably the coldest it's ever gotten. Must have been around -20 F (that's mind numbing cold for the people who've lived here all their life). My horse and I were fine though (my last duty station had been in MA).
Come June the only time I'll ride will be early morning before the heats up and I call it a day around noon or maybe a short ride in late afternoon/early evening after the heat has dropped. Of course there's still all the mosquitos to deal with.
All in all though I'm ok with being here now. I was left over 100 acres of the farm. The horses can graze just about all year and they still have a pond here (there seems to always be a pond for them where ever ) for them to cool off in during the Summer (and the Fall, Winter, and Spring ).

Oh, and it's been a slow, steady, soaking rain for almost an hour so far today with now sign of letting up until tonight. So much for my nice ride (take away about 20 degrees F and I might have snow....I love riding when it's snowing).
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    01-05-2014, 10:34 AM
  #44
Yearling
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
I am always glued to the weather channel or local weather folks whenever we have unusual weather.

This nasty weather business we are experiencing is called a "polar Vortex" which means the cold dense air is rotating in the reverse

One article I read, stated anyone under 40 years of age has never experienced this weather phenomena.

Historic Freeze Could Break Midwest Temp Records - ABC News

Where it says in part:



The further north, the more dangerous the system is to any living thing

By Friday, my area will have worked it's way from 8F on Monday to 50F Just unbelievable?

Isn't this what happend in the movie " the day after tomorrow" where then entire nothern hemisphere froze?? LOL
     
    01-05-2014, 10:35 AM
  #45
Foal
Captain Evil We are supposed to start warming up here on the coast of Maine, and they are even talking about a "wintery mix" of sleet and rain on Monday, only to plunge right back into negative numbers on Tuesday. My horse has a wicked thick coat and good shelter, but is bound to get wet. Wet scares me. How do other cold climate people deal with that?

I'm in Maine and I keep my old mare with a heavy blanket. The mini has a dense coat but I put a rain blanket on her when it snows. They are locked in the barn when it rains in the winter. If they do get wet their coats need to be brushed and fluffed. The mini's coat is dense she started with rain rot once. Found it right away but it taught me a huge lesson! I've been locking them up at night during this horrific cold. They'll stand outside in terrible weather but then I've dealt with colic. NOT WORTH IT!!
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    01-05-2014, 10:44 AM
  #46
Yearling
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Originally Posted by littrella    
Isn't this what happend in the movie " the day after tomorrow" where then entire nothern hemisphere froze?? LOL
Ok, the first 5 horses can stay. All the rest....head due west until you reach Carlsbad, NM. Then go southwest (you can walk or ride across the Rio Grande).
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    01-05-2014, 11:00 AM
  #47
Yearling
It will be -15F for a high this coming Monday/Tuesday. Honestly, single digits don't sound that bad. ;)

One note I'd like to make, if it hasn't been made already, is about hand warmers. Do NOT use foot warmers for your hands. Your hands are much more sensitive and foot warmers get VERY hot, hence why they are sold for your feet. Also, do not throw active warmers away. They will sit in your garbage and sizzle and get very hot. Not sure if they would start on fire, but I wouldn't want to find out. Instead, you can take them and seal them in a ziplock back. When there is no air to them, they stop working. Then, you can take and re-activate them by bringing them back out of the bag.

If you are going to blanket your horse, make sure you have the right blanket for the job. A small sheet will just smooth down a horse's natural insulation. Horses fluff their hair out to insulate themselves. If you blanket them, get them good protection.

It is important to keep them DRY and OUT OF THE WIND. If you work them, especially if it is below zero, don't get them sopping wet. After working if they are at all wet or steamy, give them time to 'cool down' before turning them out in the elements. If their hair is smoothed down, I generally try floofing it up for them. Letting them have a roll in the arena will usually get them to shake and fluff up.

For the humans; don't run out in jeans and a sweatshirt if it is below zero! (Maybe this goes without saying, but for those who are used to cold it is easy to think, "I'll just quick go and do this...") Even if you only have to toss a few flakes out or check, take the time to cozy up. Long johns are your best friend. Wear them under jeans, then if it is extra cold, under snow pants. Sweatshirt underneath an insulated, wind breaking jacket. A hat to top it off, and if lots of wind or excessive cold, a scarf or ski mask to cover your mouth/nose. Buy a nice pair of gloves - it is worth it! If you are doing anything with horses, you probably don't want big bulky ones. Find slim-fingered ones that still give you some dexterity.

Make sure your horses have access to water frequently. We have heated automatic waters. (Before you think this is all peaches and ice cream, they usually get to be a pain when it is single digits and below zero, so quite frequently here.) Some horses you might want to keep an eye on. Horses that are old, or colic-prone should get some extra care. Even on water with heaters, ice will still have to be broken. Morning and night if it is really cold.

Having seen some very suckish weather, I would not even fret about anything over 15F. If you are not used to it, it'll feel freezing cold, but so long as you are bundled up it is fine.
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    01-05-2014, 11:13 AM
  #48
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Originally Posted by its lbs not miles    
If you say so, but we're really not having a cold spell. It's a pretty typical start of the year. True, we've had warmer (I've gotten mosquito bites on NYE when I was down here in my youth), but we've already had a couple days a few weeks back that got down into the upper 20's at night and only into the 40's for the daytime high. My horses think this is Autumn vacation compared to what it was like during the times up north (now their impressions of the Summers here are probably a different story).
Around 1900 we hit our low for tonight at about 40/41 F. It's a couple of degrees warmer now and working it's way to the lower 60's by tomorrow afternoon. I don't even have the heat on since the fireplace is enough to heat the area nicely.
Would be fabulous riding weather except that it's suppose to rain (I'm hoping not). Wednesday was the last day of hunting season (for deer) so if the rain stays away we can hit the woods and the fire lines.
Yes, I say so

It's 9:00 AM and I did chores in a sweatshirt -- it's going to top out at 52F but, the "fast freeze" as our weather folks are calling it, will hit around 6:00 PM and by 6:00 AM Monday, we will be at 9F. I don't care where the temps land, if my pastures ice up, like they did a few years back, and the horses can't break thru, they are stuck up by the barn where it's flat with minimal turn out.

After reaching a high today of 52F, Monday night's prediction for my area is 1 degree F with wind chills anywhere from -5 to -20, depending where one lives. That big of a temp swing, in such a short time, could mean colic, no matter what I do to try and keep everything "normal".
     
    01-05-2014, 11:18 AM
  #49
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by littrella    
Isn't this what happend in the movie " the day after tomorrow" where then entire nothern hemisphere froze?? LOL
I will take your word on that. I can't watch disaster movies because I start thinking too much
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    01-05-2014, 11:23 AM
  #50
Trained
The Big Chill got here last night. We were 60F yesterday afternoon and now we're 17F and 1F with the windchill. Supposed to be -8F tomorrow morning in time for the kids to go to the busstop. Hoping they cancel school tomorrow.
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