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post #1 of 23 Old 01-30-2015, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Deep Snow Question

So I'd like some advice about this snow storm which will hit this Sunday. I grew up in Florida, so horses in snow is something I've never dealt with before. The forecast is calling for 5 inches, usually when it says that we get 8. Anyway I had planned to put my horse up in blizzardy conditions and deep snow, but the only time I've put her in her stall she hated it and then went on a rampage when I let her out.

Should I let her fend for herself to find her own comfort? She can walk into her stall whenever she wants to, but that and the narrow hallway leading to the stall is the only covered shelter out there. She has heated water and hay and both inside and out of the stall.

Thinking of her walking around in deep snow makes me nervous.

I appreciate the help!
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post #2 of 23 Old 01-30-2015, 06:52 PM
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Why does it make you nervous?
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post #3 of 23 Old 01-30-2015, 06:52 PM
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5-8 inches is nothing to a horse, she'll be fine.
However, you may want to keep am eye on your barn roof to be sure it can handle the load. Most barns in cold climates are built with snow in mind but I don't know your barn or how well it was made.

Why would you leave Florida for snow?
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Horses are hardy animals! As long as she has her full winter coat and isn't clipped she should be fine. Even more so if she has access to get out of the weather if she so chooses.

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She'll be fine as long as she's not clipped and is used to be outside with free access to the shelter.

5 - 8 inches of snow is nothing to a horse. I've gone riding in snow so deep that my feet dragged in the snow (bareback). Mind you, that was light, powdery stuff. Heavy stuff takes more effort and a foot of that can be a work out for a trail ride. On her own, she'll just have a blast exploring what the funny white stuff does. :)

Last winter, the snow buried my fences. No problems with my horse getting around.

The only fear with snow is that you can't see what's under it. She is already familiar with her paddock, so no worries.
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post #6 of 23 Old 01-30-2015, 09:32 PM
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Why would you leave Florida for snow?
I don't know about the OP, but I left Florida for snow because I married a man that lived in the snow. bleh. He's worth it, though.
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My horses are doing just fine, even the one I took from being stall-kept with indoor arena turnout and threw in the field with a blanket last week, haha.
My aunt is worried sick for some reason.
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We're also getting a snow storm tomorrow. I have minis that do just fine in the snow. They just plow right through it. It's slick or frigid conditions that worry me. I see no reason to worry about the snow alone! :)



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post #9 of 23 Old 01-31-2015, 07:28 PM
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My horses absolutely love the snow. One of mine has never seen a winter in New England before this one, and he prances, jumps, and rolls in it. They have grown beautiful winter coats, but I have them in lightweight blankets on days like this...7 degree low w/ a stiff wind making it below zero. This morning when I went out they were warm under their blankets. Mine have access to their stalls from the paddock. Often times they choose to be outside. I put their food inside (bins and nets) overnight so they generally stay in then, but the heated water is outside so they come out for that. Stop worrying. If they are in good health, they will be fine. It is perfectly natural for horses to be outside in all kinds of weather.
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Is your horse used to this weather or did she move with you?

BTW 8" does not qualify as "deep snow" XD and definitely not a blizzard.

Honestly wouldn't even do anything extra but if you're concerned do the basic- extra water, hay in easy to access spot, shovels/plow ready, etc.

For your mare, definitely if she's used to it and quite likely even if she's not she will be FINE. 8" is NOTHING to her. We've had almost 4 feet in a week with another foot or so scheduled for tomorrow. They are having fun making horsie tunnels and romping.

Snow by itself is NOT a problem. Heavy wet snow is also not a direct problem though it will knock stuff down. Blizzard (true blizzard) I'd shut her in but for just snow don't bother. Esp if she hates it. Make sure she has shelter and if she's a complete wuss a blanket. If anything it's worse to shut her in as in truly deep snow you won't get her back out again!

Where are you located (roughly) out of curiosity?

Agree what exactly is making your "nervous"? The footing? (Snow is good traction!) That she's going to get snowed on (harmless and a great insulator!)? She won't melt :)

Horses in snow are horses in snow. Don't overthink it. The snow is never an issue, the cold makes more work for you XD

It's solid rain and much more enjoyable. She will love it.

I really need to scan a certain picture to upload in times like this. My Icelandic mare with her 4 inch double coat completely coated in snow mid storm making cute faces. Our horses have run ins and CHOOSE to stand outside in the storm.

FWIW your mare has a tunnel then a stall? What's the point of closing her in? That's plenty of shelter-the snow won't get in there.
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