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        01-08-2013, 09:02 AM
      #2681
    Green Broke
    I don't have any good ones of Lizzy's mare face right now but I do have some pictures from our warming trend we have going on. It was in the 20s this past weekend so we headed out riding. Saturday was just an arena day then on Sunday we went galloping down the snowmobile trails. Lots of fun and the horses loved it. And they don't give a hoot about the snowmobiles, think we scared them more than they scared us lol. And it's in the 30s all this week, yay. But next week is supposed to get to -20 without the windchill, icky, Lizzy will be stalled for most of the week then so need to get out riding this week.



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        01-08-2013, 09:11 AM
      #2682
    Foal
    Poppy, are you wearing a snowmobile suit? We've got a warm week this week too. Calling for mid 30's all week. Too bad It's dark and cold by the time I can make it out to the barn. Also, I'm a little jealous of the size of stalls you have there. There are only two stalls that size in our barn, both occupied by Fresians.
         
        01-08-2013, 09:32 AM
      #2683
    Green Broke
    Lol the top half is a snowmobile suit. I was wearing my winter breeches it was so warm otherwise yes I wear a complete snowmobile suit. The carharts are great when it's warmer but when it's super cold they get too stiff and when hauling water they tend to freeze instantly if you get them wet.

    I have about 45 min to tack up and ride before it's to dark to see so I have to move fast lol. Our stalls are 12x14 and I love them. I don't feel so bad leaving her in all day and night when it's crappy out since she has plenty of room. I turned my barn fearing horse into a stall baby. She will not go outside if it is too cold, snowing or raining. She is much to content to stay warm and munch on hay all day.

    You getting a snow storm this weekend too? I'm hoping for at least a foot.
         
        01-08-2013, 09:44 AM
      #2684
    Foal
    I haven't heard anything about a snow storm here. How much snow have you gotten so far? I think Mellzy's stall is 10x10, but that's just a guess. Your horse's stall is almost as big as my dorm room was in college. And no matter how big the stall, Mellzy much prefers being outside. I was a little worried how she'd do in the winter. Everyone told me that TB's are hard keepers and that I should get her a really heavy blanket. Unfortunately, I had some unexpected expenses and couldn't get her one. Turned out to be ok though, she actually grows a really good winter coat. Once my wife starts showing her we'll still get her a blanket so we don't have to deal with the shedding in the spring. If it were up to her, she'd spend all day every day out in the snow. First thing she did after the first snow was run out and roll in it.
         
        01-08-2013, 09:50 AM
      #2685
    Green Broke
    They haven't decided how much snow yet. Somewhere between flurries and a very significant amount lol. We had a nice snow storm of 17 inches back in the beginning of Dec but rain and such has taken most away now :(

    Lizzy loves rolling in snow but beyond that she could do without lol. She has a 400g fill blanket for when it's below 20 plus 4 other blankets for the different temps. She is just barely clipped, just a bit on the belly and chest then a little on the flank area. But be aware a blanket does nothing to the coat except flatten it so a blanket will not prevent it from growing to it's full potential nor will it stop shedding, that is still a nightmare lol. You would need to clip then blanket if you show really early spring or in the winter.
         
        01-08-2013, 09:53 AM
      #2686
    Foal
    Thanks for the tip. I was told that a heavy blanket would keep them from growing as thick of a coat. The whole blanket thing is a new concept to me. Not something you really deal with raising draft horses in Indiana. Personally I like my horses fuzzy in the winter.
         
        01-08-2013, 10:08 AM
      #2687
    Green Broke
    Haha Lizzy has been blanketed since the temps dipped below 50 so early September, she is too much of a princess. Her coat is at least 2 inches long all over. Clipping a month ago was a nightmare and it got everywhere, even in my ears lol. Her 400g blanket is as heavy as I've ever seen them make. She has a fleece cooler, a rain sheet, a medium (150g), a heavy (300g) and her heavy heavy (400g). If you blanket you have to have extras and different weights. They must be monitored everyday for changing temps and to find the right blanket for the temp for your particular horse. Smartpak has a chart but my horse doesn't fit within that chart so it's all individual. You need spares incase they rip one as once they are kept blanekted you need to continue. If they are trace clipped or body clipped they might need layers to maintain correct warmth.

    To keep them from growing a coat you keep them under lights 24/7 as the coat grows by the light of day.
         
        01-08-2013, 10:23 AM
      #2688
    Foal
    I thought they went up to 400, but I could be mistaken. Thanks for all the info. I hadn't really looked into it much since I wasn't terribly worried once she grew out a good coat.
         
        01-08-2013, 10:33 AM
      #2689
    Green Broke
    It's a pain and if your horse is good without a blanket I wouldn't do it but Lizzy won't hold weight without one so I don't have a choice.

    So is your wife going to be the first one to ride Mellzy?
         
        01-08-2013, 10:55 AM
      #2690
    Foal
    No, I'll be the first one on her back. Breaking her out is my project. But Lane wants to do jumping or dressage, and I think Mellzy will do great at either. So, once I get her good under saddle, there is a lady that does lessons at the barn for jumping and dressage. We'll talk to her about training Mellzy and Lane for that. Most likely not at the same time. We'll probably end up hauling Mellzy to her barn to get her trained and start Lane on one of the lesson horses at the stable. I know abo****ely nothing about any English style riding.
         

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