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post #1 of 9 Old 09-14-2013, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Feeling Guilty

It's been pouring rain all day with strong winds, temp around 12 Celsius (50 F ).
I'm nice and snug inside and poor Rose is our in the cold
I feel soooooo guilty. She was in a smaller paddock to help her lose some weight, but I've put her back in the larger one because it has some nice bushy trees for shelter. Thing is, she keeps standing in the middle of the five acres where there is no shelter. Silly pony! She hates being rugged, and its meant to be spring, so a lot of her winer coat has shed.

Does everyone else get like this over their horses? I feel so bad! I should have built her a paddock shelter by now, not that she's likely to use it, but I'd feel better...
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I've had the occasional guilty moment, however the reality is most horses are not fussed by rain and 12degree temp isn't really cold for them either. I more feel for my mare on stinking hot days
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-14-2013, 06:50 AM
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I feel your guilt mine do the same thing. Nature tells them to stand in the open so they can see around them, prey/predator thing, so not much you can do about it. Even if she had a shelter she may not use it. But that is not very cold for a horse with fur and if she is over weight she has a layer of fat to keep her warm. As long as she does not start shivering she will be fine.
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50F is right in the comfort zone for our horses. Not hot and not cold.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-14-2013, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Well so far she's not shivering, just looks miserable! Weather will be the same for the next few days so hopefully she eventually uses the shelter of the trees. I might walk her over there and stand with her a bit to show her its safe, and a whole lot dryer / warmer!
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-14-2013, 07:54 PM
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Fifty F is PERFECT! They are fine. Perfect riding weather.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-14-2013, 07:54 PM
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I used to fall for that guilt thing. I would worry about my poor horse out in the snow in 20 temps and 30mph winds thinking he was dying without me. Then I would do up the next morning to see him and he would come trotting over like, "hey mom, what's up?" Unless it's a really soaking 35 degree rain, they're fine. At 50, I wouldn't give it a second thought. That's their favorite temp.
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-15-2013, 06:42 PM
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If your horse is mobile and healthy and it has an option for shelter it will be fine. Ours stand out in 20 degree weather with blowing snow....fifty feet from their shelter, go figure. Just remember, humans need a coat, horses already have one.
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-15-2013, 06:48 PM
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I always feel better after giving them a pile of hay to munch on. It keeps them warm during colder weather, and it's natural for them to munch on something slowly anyway.

But hot days, I'm all about hose downs and ice in water tanks.
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