Originally Posted by 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 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.