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post #1 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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How cold is too cold

My horse lives in MN we get cold wet winters. There isn't really a whole lot of shelter in the field he is in, so I was wondering it is supposed to get down to 20 something tonight. Should I put him in his stall at those temps?
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 04:08 PM
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No not unless he doesn't has a winter coat. If he has been outside till now, he will be fine!
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 04:12 PM
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My horses stay outside when its -31F, when they get cold they play a little. They are horse not people remember, mother nature supplied them with everything they need to live outside!
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 04:12 PM
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Does he have access to the wall of a building? My shelter has 3 sides in the pasture with the fourth outside so the horse can bum up to whichever wall works best. They can go in but they won't.



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post #5 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 04:38 PM
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So long as he's got a good winter coat going and he's in good health, then I see no real reason for you to put him up. Granted, our winters don't get as cold down here, but it's not uncommon for it to get below zero overnight. None of my horses get stalled for that.
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 06:15 PM
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If it's cold, wet and windy and there is no wind protection or shelter I'd put him in.
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 06:20 PM
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I'm in MN too, and my horses are never stalled. They've always been fine. So long as they're getting in some fluffies it won't be an issue.
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 06:26 PM
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Healthy horses provided with fresh water source,good feed & a shelter will fair very well outdoors in cold weather. Mine are out all winter were temps can get down to near -40. we are less that 20 F now,balmy compared to what we are in for....
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post #9 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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The only type of shelter is a tunnel but he is low in the pecking order so he doesn't get to go in it. It gets way colder than just 20 degrees but that is just what it is supposed to be. He doesn't have a very great coat. They do have water and hay, though if all the other horses are in the tunnel he wouldn't be able to get to the water until they come out.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 10:20 PM
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Well, I am in NM and I just can't stand the thought of my horses being cold so if it gets below 25F or so, I blanket my mare (not with double layers or anything, just with a light weight blanket). It makes me feel so much warmer. :) She doesn't have a massive coat; I don't blanket my haffie as she does grow an impressive winter coat. I ensure the blanket is removed as soon as it is appropriate (usually that is shortly after sun up).

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