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        01-23-2011, 01:25 AM
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    17 year old gelding who's never been cold in rain before, brought him in for a lesson and he could barely stand was shivering so bad. Ended up putting 2 thick coolers on him. We had a barn to tack up in though, you said you don't
    I don't have any coolers (probably the only type of rug I actually don't have haha) But I'll take the under rugs off before it gets dark tonight.
    Poor Mitch was out there shaking so hard Courtney said He nearly fell over, thank god I checked up on him then O.O
    They are slowly drying out and warming up. Gemma the miniature is back in her dirt paddock (now more of a lake in some parts) and I walked out there expecting a dripping shaking miniature to be standing in the middle of the paddock, but no she's grown a brain and she was standing in the shed (it's only big enough for a miniature though sadly) so she was dry before I even put the cover on haha.
         
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        01-23-2011, 01:27 AM
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    Weanling
    Gah , that no good about the river - at our old property we were on reclaimed land, it flooded once and we came home from work to find our shire standing on a tiny little island in the middle of the bottom paddock surrounded by about 5cm deep water - he is a big baby and dosent do getting his feet wet by choice. Was looking very sorry for him self!. Fortunatly here we are on a hill side for the most part , so it runs off pretty quickly, I've moved them up near the house so we can keep an eye on them, also its pretty chalky soil so drier than the rest.
         
        01-23-2011, 02:28 AM
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    Gah , that no good about the river - at our old property we were on reclaimed land, it flooded once and we came home from work to find our shire standing on a tiny little island in the middle of the bottom paddock surrounded by about 5cm deep water - he is a big baby and dosent do getting his feet wet by choice. Was looking very sorry for him self!. Fortunatly here we are on a hill side for the most part , so it runs off pretty quickly, I've moved them up near the house so we can keep an eye on them, also its pretty chalky soil so drier than the rest.
    Nah but atleast it's down a bit of a hill, so I'll only start getting worried when I can see it out the bathroom window
    Awww seeing a shire like that's gotta make a good laugh though, and it's kinda cute in a way.
    My Mini seems to like rolling in the river, I can't say I'm fond of that idea though.
    We live on a dairy farm and We have a lot of hills now so atleast all the cows and the horses have somewhere to go if it keeps going like this.

    Someone in the valley seems to think our river will peak at 2am and burst... But I doubt that to be honest, so long as the train bridge doesn't get blocked up with debri it will be fine; the 04 floods only got our end because of all the debri which made the river back up, they're just trying to get everyone worried again.
         
        01-23-2011, 02:37 AM
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    Those horses must not be used to cold. Our horses are rained on all the time , in about 5 degree celcius weather and the just sit there or go under the trees. I have NEVER seen them shiver. But your horse is older and not used to the cold, so that's different.
         
        01-23-2011, 02:40 AM
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    Weanling
    Nope - it never gets this wet usually in the summer months - not where I am , nor further south where OP is (is allright in winter as they're all furry bears) but ours have a full clip otherwise he gets skin issues and so not only is it cold and wet - but he is bald. The screaming freezing winds do nothing to help with the cold rain either.
         
        01-23-2011, 03:23 AM
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    Green Broke
    Wet and windy is somehting I know well after living on the side of a wet windy welsh hill for the last 13 years!

    Get her in, dry off what you can with towels. Put her fleece on but pack it out with straw. Then once she is dryer (doesnt have to be completly dry) swap it for the thickest rug you have!

    Oh and get some nice warm mash into her! (I use hot speedibeet!)
         
        01-23-2011, 10:36 AM
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    Green Broke
    So glad you asked this question HB. I was just wondering about blanketing a wet horse the other day, though none of mine were wet or shivering, just a random thought on my part.

    Here in Maine, actually right now, it is very cold. There is also a snow falling and the backs of the horses are crusted in snow. While neither is shivering, it is good to know that if this should happen, I'll know what to do now.

    The only thing I can contribute, since I do have limited knowledge about blanketing, and don't have to very often, is that I offer extra hay to them when the temps and wind is brutal.

    If your older horse is on pasture, well then it can graze for the extra it would need to stay warmer. If not, then toss it a few extra flakes in addition to the covers.

    Sounds like things are under control, and you're a caring horse owner. Hope that crazy weather there starts to subside.
         
        01-23-2011, 01:13 PM
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    Get her in, dry off what you can with towels. Put her fleece on but pack it out with straw. Then once she is dryer (doesnt have to be completly dry) swap it for the thickest rug you have!

    Oh and get some nice warm mash into her! (I use hot speedibeet!)
    Thankyou Faye :) That's exactly what I ended up doing, I used chaff, gumnuts and a bit of garlic for the warm mash, I'm lucky to have the chaff, dad used it to feed calves and had lots of bags left over so I get to have them :)


    It stopped raining for a while but now at 7:05am it is pouring down again and has been doing so for a few hours, civil defense turned up and warned that the river upstream is rising fast, uh-oh.
    I get quite paranoid about the river and everything so I dragged my boyfriend out with me at 10:30pm to check on horses and to check the river level, got back at 11:10pm (drenched for a 4th time)
    -of course even though I dragged him out he stayed in my car while I fought the winds to get to the horses.
    I also found out Mitchell is scared gutless of flashlight beams haha!
         

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