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post #1 of 9 Old 10-13-2014, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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It's been raining lately and like 50-60 degrees. We put the cows away tonight and my horse came up to the barn under the shed.

I noticed he looked like he was shivering. His shoulder and headquarter was trembling, if that's the right word. I had my brother feel his ear, he said it was cold.

I'm not sure if it's from the rain. Should I look into blanketing? I've never blanketed him and haven't noticed him do this.
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-13-2014, 06:37 PM
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Just give him more hay to warm him up, and leave him under shelter to dry out. Been raining all day here too. the girls have been in and out.
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-13-2014, 06:51 PM
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Just needs more hay unless he's sick. Check his temp.
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post #4 of 9 Old 10-13-2014, 06:57 PM
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The rain might have just got to his skin. Good that he has a shelter. Make sure he has consent access to forage to keep warm.

I wouldn't worry about this one time but if this becomes a pattern you might want to look into blanketing.

Also, bedding shelters deep with straw keeps horses warm for the cold months.
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-13-2014, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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There was some hay up in the shed and he started eating. They haven't had access to it since Saturday because we locked a cow up to keep an eye on her cause she limped. But we put her over into half of the lot so the rest of the herd could get shelter.
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post #6 of 9 Old 10-13-2014, 09:46 PM
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How old or young is your horse? I am already putting a sheet on my older horse at night but my other horses are still good to go.

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post #7 of 9 Old 10-13-2014, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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He's 18.
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-15-2014, 05:49 AM
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Just like when we feel cold, horses will shiver. The difference is that they produce heat when they eat.

Just because a horse is shivering, that does not mean you should blanket them. Last year, one of our horses was shivering when the high temps dropped from 60's to 40's. When the temps got to -40 with windchill in the middle of winter, he wasn't shivering. The difference was that he/they had gotten used to the colder temps.

Rain with wind will chill horses easily. Instead of blanketing, I think you would be better off with just putting a water resistant sheet on him.
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-15-2014, 08:14 AM
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Shivering is a warming mechanism. As a teen I'd have to wait for a bus, on the prairies in minus temps. Many people, when cold, for some goofy reason will try to suppress shivering. One day I decided to relax and let it happen. This lasted perhaps a couple of minutes then I began to feel toasty warm. When I did suppress it there was no warming up.

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