Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
1. Ditto all the above posters - who happen to be seasoned horse owners:)
During the nasty Ď75-Ď76 winter when the National Guard had to come and dig our road out (we only lived 45 minutes from Lake Erie), my neighbor called to ask if I would please put my Arab/Saddlebred in the barn to make her feel better:)
He was standing against the south side of the barn (storm was coming at us hard from the north), layered in enough ice to look like a statue. The other horse (a QH/Arab) was in the barn.
I donned my snowmobile suit & boots, and made Sonny get in the barn - and I do mean he went in under duress, lollol. He never got sick from that event:)
2. That said, my worry is the heat light - Iím afraid that heat light is going to cause your horses to NOT grow enough winter hair to keep them warm naturally.
I think, in all due respect, you are killing them with kindness with that heat lamp. Youíre liable to find them getting sick when you turn them out because they didnít grow enough winter hair and they will get sick from the weather that all of that extra fur would naturally protect them against.
Please try to remember they are in fact livestock and nature created them in such a way so as to protect them from the elements:). Granted they may need assistance during those times of extreme weather events, but in my honest and respectful opinion this is overkill and not in their best health interest:)
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.