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post #11 of 17 Old 12-25-2012, 10:29 PM
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Like Poseidon said, negative temps and worse windchills. Yesterday the windchills were in the -30's. Ours are out 24/7 with just trees for shelter. They have a heated water trough and free choice hay. No blankets. When it snows, the snow forms a natural "blanket".

If your horse is wet and shivering, you could put a cooler or blanket on until they warm up and dry off. I wouldn't leave it on too long though.

Even with no blankets and no shelter, I haven't seen any of our horses shiver this year. Not even yesterday with how cold it was. The only time I did see it was as the temps fell from 60's one week to 30's the next. There was also rain involved.
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post #12 of 17 Old 12-25-2012, 10:47 PM
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We are in northern alberta and its been -30C with a windchill on top of that, so freakin cold My guys get lots of hay, bedded down with lots of straw and heated water. The only one that gets anything special is my husbands pampered gelding who gets pellets 2 a day. (He was a barn baby before we got him, this is his first winter 'fending for himself' Lol
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post #13 of 17 Old 12-25-2012, 10:49 PM
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Hay and a run in shed. If I would see any of them shivering, I blanket them for awhile, but so far so good.
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post #14 of 17 Old 12-25-2012, 11:19 PM
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As posted, hay, warm water and a shelter. Every once in a while I split her hay between inside and outside. The outside stuff always disappears. The inside hay gets kicked around and maybe 1/2 eaten. She'd rather be outside no hay, than inside with hay. Go figure.
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post #15 of 17 Old 12-25-2012, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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I also have a heater in the trough and plenty of salt. I don't blanket if its just cold, but if its freezing rain I do. My horses are spoiled, what can I say. Lol
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post #16 of 17 Old 12-26-2012, 08:46 AM
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If it's single digits or below mine stays stalled. She also has several blankets that get put on depending on temperature. If it's raining and below 50 she stays stalled. She was perfectly content to not leave her stall yesterday when I went to clean. All the hay she can stuff in her belly that is all to herself and a nice warm place to lay down. She hates being outside if it is anything other than warm and sunny.
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post #17 of 17 Old 12-28-2012, 11:35 AM
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Oh dear! Good advice? The best blanket you can find will help significantly!
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