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post #11 of 16 Old 01-19-2013, 02:22 PM
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I live in Canada also, our horses are out 24/7, they have a run in shelter/bush they go in to get out of the wind. They do fine and are happy out there......myself personally I wouldn't keep a horse stalled unless it's for stall rest because of sickness/injury but that's just my opinion....
This. The pasture where I board my horse has a wind break shelter, and a small forest they can run into if they want, but right now it is -28C (-18F?) WITHOUT wind chill, and there are all breeds out there. Also, not a horsie blanket in sight. They really don't even use the shelter, or huddle together, they act like it's normal, they roll in snow and even eat it (well... mine does).

I know you said you don't want him outside at night by himself and that is a very good point, but I just wanted to say don't be concerned about the cold unless you've clipped his winter hair off - they're tough as nails, these things.
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This. The pasture where I board my horse has a wind break shelter, and a small forest they can run into if they want, but right now it is -28C (-18F?) WITHOUT wind chill, and there are all breeds out there. Also, not a horsie blanket in sight. They really don't even use the shelter, or huddle together, they act like it's normal, they roll in snow and even eat it (well... mine does).

I know you said you don't want him outside at night by himself and that is a very good point, but I just wanted to say don't be concerned about the cold unless you've clipped his winter hair off - they're tough as nails, these things.
I have four of my own horses and one boarded here (he's been here for over 4yrs. Since he was weaned) and like your's they roll in the snow, eat it........winter I watch them alot play/chase each other through our training arena, they will run over the wooden bridge, they will stand on each side of the pedastal with their front feet and play nipping each other......our's like your's seem quite happy and warm out in the cold!

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I live in Canada also, our horses are out 24/7, they have a run in shelter/bush they go in to get out of the wind. They do fine and are happy out there......myself personally I wouldn't keep a horse stalled unless it's for stall rest because of sickness/injury but that's just my opinion....
Not all barns/stables have the option of keeping a horse or horses outside at night. One that my wife worked at wouldn't because of liability. No one is there on the property at night. Something could happen and they wouldn't know until morning. Also, it was close to a big city and you never know what someone would do if they happened to drive by and see horses outside.
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Not all barns/stables have the option of keeping a horse or horses outside at night. One that my wife worked at wouldn't because of liability. No one is there on the property at night. Something could happen and they wouldn't know until morning. Also, it was close to a big city and you never know what someone would do if they happened to drive by and see horses outside.
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True! We have electric fence up and at least once a year, usually around Xmas they break through think they are playing and not watching) and go for a little walk around the neighborhood LOL I usually find them at my close neighbor's with horses. There's have also gotten out.....we live in a subdivision about 10 miles out of the city, seems everyone's horses like to break out once in awhile but everyone is used to it around here...

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True! We have electric fence up and at least once a year, usually around Xmas they break through think they are playing and not watching) and go for a little walk around the neighborhood LOL I usually find them at my close neighbor's with horses. There's have also gotten out.....we live in a subdivision about 10 miles out of the city, seems everyone's horses like to break out once in awhile but everyone is used to it around here...
Haha! Ours have escaped about 4 times in the last year and a half. No one knew our horses in the area the first time they got out. Now we're known as the ones with the horses that got out. Seems like nobody else here has that problem.
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This. The pasture where I board my horse has a wind break shelter, and a small forest they can run into if they want, but right now it is -28C (-18F?) WITHOUT wind chill, and there are all breeds out there. Also, not a horsie blanket in sight. They really don't even use the shelter, or huddle together, they act like it's normal, they roll in snow and even eat it (well... mine does).

I know you said you don't want him outside at night by himself and that is a very good point, but I just wanted to say don't be concerned about the cold unless you've clipped his winter hair off - they're tough as nails, these things.
I agree. I would maybe try and leave him out 24/7 as long as shelter's available. Healthy horses are pretty adaptable, its amazing how quick they can grow fur and adjust to their environment. They're made to survive and can be pretty tough animals. And if you decide to leave him out, I'd try to find him a buddy and make sure to supply plenty of hay for them to eat free choice. Eating hay helps keep them warm.
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