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    10-26-2012, 11:49 AM
  #1
Green Broke
My horse is a princess....*sigh*

So the dear princess has been in a stall the last 3 nights because it has been in the 30s with rain/snow/sleet. So last night I put her in with her fleece blanket. It was about 27 last night but she was in the barn so I figured she would be fine with a fleece blanket, wrong, she was shivering this morning. The barn isn't heated but jeesh she's not outside either.

She can't shiver off one pound, she still needs weight. Darn little princess. Time to buy some more blankets....

This is her last night when I left, she looked all cozy then.
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    10-26-2012, 12:05 PM
  #2
Trained
Did you expect anything different
But seriously....does she have enough hay and does she eat it? If she doesn't like it she might not eat enough to keep her heater going. What also helps a bit is warm water to drink. I used to pour hot water in their troughs evening and again morning when it got below freezing.
Same with the evening meal, soaked alfalfa with their usual ration, warm.
Blanketing her might also be counterproductive, since she can't use her own thermoregulation when blanketed.
     
    10-26-2012, 12:10 PM
  #3
Green Broke
She gets 6-8 flakes when in the stall, finishes most of it. No way to get warm water. Only heaters are the big ones for the stock tanks. She has been blanketed at night when it's below 40 which has been the most part of the last month and a half.

9 months ago she wouldn't even go in the barn now she begs to go back in. Yesterday when she was put out in the morning in the rain/snow/sleet, she had her midweight on mind you, she got pissed and stood at the gate to come in. Not shivering just pissed.

But she was severely abused and neglected for 19 years soooooo I guess she can be a princess now lol.
     
    10-26-2012, 12:57 PM
  #4
Foal
Poor dear just got my little princess and she's the same way its going to be a long winter here comes blanket season... the life of a horse that doesn't coat out!

     
    10-26-2012, 01:00 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Oh cute. Mine gets a coat but not nearly what she had last year. I think that is due to her being almost dead by starvation going into last winter her body was doing everything it could to stay alive. And now that she is at a good weight and gets everything she wants it decided not to grow 2 inches long this year.
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    10-26-2012, 01:06 PM
  #6
Foal
Its still early in the season for yours tho hopefully she'll get something but I doubt it her mom and older sister don't. Where did you find your mare? And I just saw your from MN I MISS MN SOOOOO MUCH!!
     
    10-26-2012, 01:14 PM
  #7
Trained
I put fleece liners on mine, then I put a windproof sheet on until it's below 30, then I switch the sheet for a midweight blanket. When it gets below 0 F then I bring out the big guns and put on the heavyweight blanket. They seem to love them. One thing I learned when dealing with an older mare who had dropped a lot of weight was, keep something on her until she sweats. They can't regulate when they're too thin, and they feel the cold more than the other horses. Once I started keeping that lightweight, windproof sheet on her, she started picking up weight. I would use the fleece liner, the midweight and then the heavyweight blankets on her when it would get really cold. She lived through 2 really ugly winters with ice storms and several below zero plus wind chill days a few years ago and come out in good weight in spring. She had free choice grass hay and I feed Omolene 400, complete feed because of drought, and she got Ultium too.

Anytime it got the least bit chill or windy, I brought her into the barn and made sure she stayed toasty. It was a lot of work but when she passed, she was at an excellent weight and had a lot of shine on her coat.
     
    10-26-2012, 01:15 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
She gets 6-8 flakes when in the stall, finishes most of it. No way to get warm water. Only heaters are the big ones for the stock tanks. She has been blanketed at night when it's below 40 which has been the most part of the last month and a half.

9 months ago she wouldn't even go in the barn now she begs to go back in. Yesterday when she was put out in the morning in the rain/snow/sleet, she had her midweight on mind you, she got pissed and stood at the gate to come in. Not shivering just pissed.

But she was severely abused and neglected for 19 years soooooo I guess she can be a princess now lol.
Oh yeah, she has all the right in the world

For hot water, don't know how far you are from your barn and if it would be possible. I used to get a big bucket, put a plastic trashbag inside, fill it with hot water and tie the bag shut. That way no spill in the truck on the way to the barn.
     
    10-26-2012, 03:35 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Oh she has 4 blankets already and I'm always up for buying more :)

Hot water.... I'm about 10 minutes away but she will not drink super clean water. She much prefers it out of a dirty trough.
     
    10-26-2012, 03:37 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by horsecrazed09    
its still early in the season for yours tho hopefully she'll get something but I doubt it her mom and older sister don't. Where did you find your mare? And I just saw your from MN I MISS MN SOOOOO MUCH!!
My mare is a rescue. She's one of the over 70 horses taken from the breeder in East Bethel. I think at one time he had like 160 horses on 80 acres. He had been turned in and in trouble for over 20 years but the county refused to take away his permit to have a farm. Anyway now all horses have been seized from his posession.

I've only been living in MN since May 2011. I'm from Wisconsin originally.
     

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