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        11-03-2013, 01:15 PM
      #121
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    By the way, welcome to the forum NorthernHorse!
         
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        11-08-2013, 11:35 AM
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    Trained
    Yeah, (NOT) it has warmed up, so now we have snow!
         
        11-13-2013, 12:29 PM
      #123
    Weanling
    Where did all the Canadians go?! Can't let this thread die... Its cold up north today ... -19 .. with the wind chill -22 .. *shivers*
         
        11-13-2013, 01:56 PM
      #124
    Foal
    Hello, Northern horse friends; I live in Ontario and have three mares; a Standardbred (she's 32, so the cold weather hasn't hurt her!), a Morgan/QH cross and my newest addition, a Tennessee Walking Horse; we've had a little snow here already, but so lucky to have an indoor arena to play in; my biggest question is always around blanketing; I don't ususally blanket, but this year I am blanketing my old girl, since she is a little thin this fall; my girls come in at night during the winter and have a run in for shelter in the daytime; during the spring and summer they stay out 24/7 unless the weather is really bad; thoughts on blankets? (I know it's been discussed before, but I'm always a little conflicted about it)
         
        11-13-2013, 02:44 PM
      #125
    Weanling
    I'm so thankful it doesn't snow in the lower mainland. I would be grumpy if I had to walk 15 minutes to the barn in snow. Especially our snow, it's crappy snow.

    I love standardbreds.
         
        11-13-2013, 03:11 PM
      #126
    Weanling
    Welcome Autumn Rain!

    All mares, you like a challenge! (I actually love mares.) About blanketing, I think you're doing fine. I have my horses out in daytime, without a shelter but plenty of hay and warm water; they come in every night. I never blanket. I take them only in extreme weather. They have enough hair to protect themselves, never saw one shiver. But your old girl probably needs the extra protection.

    We had a few snow falls that don't seem to melt away... winter has arrived! -12C this morning, more chilly with the wind. We had an exceptionnally warm october, so it's kind of a shock.
    Here's a picture of my canadian mare Mistral last week:
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        11-13-2013, 06:36 PM
      #127
    Started
    I'm curious about the structure behind your mare (nice looking, by the way), Eole. Is it a playhouse or does it serve another purpose?
         
        11-13-2013, 07:01 PM
      #128
    Weanling
    Hi from Vancouver Island to all you canadians :0) Hope you guys up north do not have too much snow and freeeeezing weather! We are so lucky it has been really nice and dry here for November lately. Wish everyone a wonderful week
         
        11-13-2013, 07:26 PM
      #129
    Foal
    Yes, Eole, I love, love, love my mares! Each one has her own personality. Thanks for your blanketing advice. I'm feeling okay about what I'm doing for Bronwen (my aged Standardbred).

    I must say I admire your Canadian girl, too. They are not very common around here, but I wish they were!
         
        11-13-2013, 09:27 PM
      #130
    Weanling
    Chevaux, it's a feeder: it protects the hay from the weather and from being thrashed by the horses. You can throw the amount you want in, even a big round bale fits in. Its some kind of PVC-plastic. It really reduce waste to none at all.
    Horse feeders - Xactics

    Canadian horses are quite common in Québec, we have many small breeders dedicated to keep the breed alive. They are generally easy keepers and hard working. Quiet but strong willed. They have a great lively trot and do well in dressage in regional compétitions.

    Welcome to you Island Horselover. You live in a gorgeous area!
         

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