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post #1 of 17 Old 12-25-2012, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do to keep your horses warm?

Today in the great state of Oklahoma. We have windchills threatening to go below zero and blizzard-like conditions. Personally I prepared for a blizzard. I brought down plenty of hay and put the bales behind sheltering trees, opened up the second lean-to and out everyone's blankets on last night before the storm hit. I'm thinking of giving them a mash of sorts tonight for feed.
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-25-2012, 03:11 PM
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Hay - digesting long stem fiber generates warmth. Lots of hay and a place to get out of the wind, if they choose, is all they really need.
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I give them hay and water. Their coat is their main source of warmth. They are warm with just their coat, so they're fine. We do give them a shelter, but they don't ever use it.

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Extra hay, and if it's wet and cold I stall them. Dry and cold, they're out. Wet and warm, they're out. Wet and cold, they're not given a choice and are stalled.
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Hay, hay and more hay, preferably behind some sort of wind break, and I offer tepid water at least twice a day, even if it's a pain to get it there....but I won't risk colic that way.
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Lots of hay and shelter to get out of the wind. If you blanket you inhibit the coat's natural ability to fluff up and keep the horse warm.
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post #7 of 17 Old 12-25-2012, 05:39 PM
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Same as Speed Racer!

If they are stalled, they aren't so thrilled so mid-day I go break things up by cleaning stalls and whomever's stall is being cleaned gets to go into the extra stall. They all love to go play around in the extra stall and have different horses to make faces at, annoy, etc...
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-25-2012, 05:42 PM
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The stalled horses are stalled under the same conditions mentioned above, or because it's ND/MN, if it's just really very cold. (ie, it was -13F this morning without windchill. Yesterday afternoon in the bright sun, the windchill was -20F).

Mine are outside. One doesn't have a blanket because she's a little furball and I don't have one her size. She has plenty of hay and a shelter though and seems to be doing fine. The other has lost weight lately, so she has a heavy weight blanket with liner underneath. They both seem pretty alright.
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-25-2012, 05:54 PM
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Going through lots of hay right now. If it wasn't so constantly wet during the day and then really cold at night I wouldn't blanket at all, but I have to with my QH as he drops weight quickly in the winter. In the stall they have stall blankets at night and then when they go out, if it is not pouring rain all day, I put a sheet only on top if not too cold or a light to medium weight blanket if it is really bad. I am bringing home blankets on a daily basis right now to dry one set over night and then take them back the next day to put them back on. I hate the wet an rain, I could take -30 in a dry cold any day, and my horses would be blanketless if we were in those conditions.
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post #10 of 17 Old 12-25-2012, 08:01 PM
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Heated water, Hay that is in a 8 hole plastic manger thing (Keeps head/neck out of wind), blankies, neck, shoulder and body covers (Those you put on for shows) and have them under the blankets, and a shelter. Works great for us. I live in ohio if that helps anything. lol.
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