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post #61 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by littrella View Post
& lets not forget about our other "fur babies" with this stupid cold weather. If their not inside, make sure they have a dry, cozy spot, out of the wind. With temps like this our local H.S. is going around & checking on dogs left outside.
Yeah dogs go out to pee, when they can't take it any more. Then right back in.
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post #62 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by ButtInTheDirt View Post
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...")
Guilty on multiple levels and instances. I've run out to the car in pjs/tank top/barefeet, in snow. It's exhilarating :P

Definitely DO NOT do this if there is any chance, at all, of getting stuck somewhere without being able to get warm/better dressed. My example is silly and it was just from the house out the door to the driveway.

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post #63 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain Evil View Post
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 actually started a thread about the exact same thing. No one responded :P

I know a lot of people are blanketing and/or keeping horses in. My horses will not be blanketed when it's 50 (I only have medium/heavy's anyways) and I really DON'T want to keep them in on such a nice warm day (in January..)

They have run ins so I think the plan is (may change as the weather does and for the two I plan to blanket at least) to hope they are dry and if not towel dry them then if need be put a cooler on then put blankets on. It's really a play it by ear thing.

I'm concerned about the huge weather change, and about the wet plus cold. I can totally picture going out in the morning to find pony shaped ice chunks frozen solid to the floor! Obviously we can't change the cold (most of us) unless we blanket and we can't blanket if they are wet so we have to change the wet, whether it's keeping them from getting wet or getting them dry after. So that's the plan, plus banamine on hand and fingers crossed the horses take the weather change in stride. This winter has been nuts so far and no severe colics yet, so fingers crossed.
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post #64 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 09:20 PM
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we are in for one of the coldest nights this winter so far already -24 going to drop to -40 thats air temp,not windchill.

Schools are closed for tomorrow -60 windchills till noon plus roads are solid ice had rain before cold came. My horses are blanketed heavy weights and medium weights everyone has double blankets on.

Doing chores in this cold isnt any fun so cold tonight it hurts to breath in the air. My horses are in barn tonight they have no wind break,barn isnt alot warmer then outside but its out of the wind,which is brutal tonight.
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post #65 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 09:29 PM
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will a medium turnout blanket be sufficient for my horses in this weather, or do i need to get heavy grade blankets?
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post #66 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by windysmontessa View Post
will a medium turnout blanket be sufficient for my horses in this weather, or do i need to get heavy grade blankets?

Uh.. what weather exactly? It really depends on the exact number. Cold is very different depending on your location.

I just suggested someone put a medium on for a cold spell. For the people having a cold spell of -60 that is obviously not going to work...
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post #67 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 09:53 PM
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If my horses had current Coggins we'd be on our way to Tenn. Those temps are perfect for us. -36*and wind makes Tenn. seem like swim suit weather.
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post #68 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 09:59 PM
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Since we are a bright group of people here, does anyone have a solution to keep your mouth covered that doesn't fog up glasses?

I've used my silk neckscarves and knitted scarves, but I then cannot see. And in these subzero temps I've had my glasses frost up badly.

I've though about prescription ski goggles, I know a few people who have them but they are so pricey and I don't ski or need them often.
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post #69 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 10:03 PM
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www.zanheadgear.com: : Cold Weather Headwear, Full Mask, Neoprene, Red Flames

I have one of these and it doesn't fog my glasses up at all. I love it on windy days.

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post #70 of 119 Old 01-05-2014, 10:51 PM
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^^That is bad**s.

I might have to get myself one. I can imagine people's faces.

You could probably use a flu mask type thing.... I think the catch is it needs to be breathable (obv) but not breath out/upward too much
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