Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Well, since horses live outdoors all year long no matter the temperature (or else they're supposed to, anyway) I think as long as you can handle it there should be no problems.
If the snow is really deep & you're travelling for long distances, the horse will have to work harder, meaning his body will warm up but be will also sweat more, so make sure you have some sort of thick cooler to keep him from getting chilled when you take the saddle off. When you do eventually stop, loosen up the cinch but leave the saddle on for a good hour to allow some of the sweat underneath to dry without freezing.
You will want extra, good feed since horses burn off more energy just standing around in the winter than in the summer, let alone working. "Hot" feeds are always nice for them when it's cold, such as oats, barley, etc...
Though horses will eat snow to keep hydrated, water is good to have on hand. If you're really roughing it you could boil some over a fire, just to melt it.
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