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post #11 of 23 Old 01-31-2015, 09:07 PM
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My guy has a shelter and never goes into it, even when its around -10 and blowing snow. They don't seemed to be at all bothered by it. Have fun in the snow and be ready with your camera!

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post #12 of 23 Old 02-01-2015, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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1. Snow makes me nervous because it's strange and dangerous. Just look at what happens when I try to drive in it... : P So yes I guess I'd say it's a traction/leg concern, but it's good to know I don't need to worry! Anyway, it was false alarm this time...looks like just rain today.

2. I left Florida cause I like here! (Indiana) I'd trade I the beach for these crags, gullies, and forests any time. My husband is actually the one who wants to go back, so I guess he left the beach for a woman. ; )

3. Thanks for the tip on the roof, it never even occurred to me to think about that before. But, though the horse is new, the barn is not and it held the horrible snows of last year just fine. Luckily my husband also works in roofing and construction, so I have every reason to be confident on that score.

4. And finally, I'm new to snow, but my poor horse grew up right here, so good point, she is not as much as a novice as I am!

Thanks everyone for setting my mind at ease, and thanks too for those who shared the awesome pictures!!! I really enjoyed them. : D
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post #13 of 23 Old 02-01-2015, 11:40 AM
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Sorry had to lol at #1.

You will learn to drive in it. Driving at 30 in a machine with tires is NOTHING like walking at 5 with four legs and hooves. I get you aren't used to it but it's really not "strange and dangerous" it's just snow :P

Glad you like it! You will get used to it. I've been to Indiana once...nothing like New England lol!

I don't worry about the roofing under regular conditions so don't loose sleep over it.

Especially since your horse is used to it, you can slip and slide over with your camera and watch her prance and have fun. They love the snow. No worries at all and I wouldn't worry about blanketing unless she needs one for another reason.

Personally, I would MUCH rather have snow then rain... rain makes a mess and ice WILL cause traction issues (for both of you!) Snows sort of like cold fluffy sand.
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post #14 of 23 Old 02-01-2015, 12:24 PM
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As long as she can get out of the driving snow if she wants too - especially as you'll need to keep her hay under shelter so it doesn't get blown away/buried under snow particularly if it drifts then I'd leave her to get on with it.
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post #15 of 23 Old 02-01-2015, 01:10 PM
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I have had some fun rides in deep snow!

The horses and donkeys I have seen seem to enjoy deep snow.

Snow imo is much better than mud :)
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post #16 of 23 Old 02-01-2015, 01:43 PM
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Horses handle cold, even -20 better than they handle heat. This is why, in many cases, blanketing can make them colder and cause them to overheat. The blanket impedes the ability to fluff the coat and trap heat. Horse has a warm back and cold belly when blanketed.

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post #17 of 23 Old 02-01-2015, 01:46 PM
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We just got two blizzards in a row here in New England. This is my horse's first winter up here; she's not used to snow that stays on the ground for more than two days. She's doing fine! There's about 2.5 feet of snow with higher drifts in her enclosure, and she's just tromping out paths for where she wants to go. I took her down in the meadow this morning to see if we could do any work, but alas the snow is crunchy and hard for her to move through. If it were powdery, we'd be going for a ride!
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post #18 of 23 Old 02-02-2015, 01:47 PM
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One thing I thought to add- one thing that may be an issue with any snow accumulation is snowballs in the feet.

When walking on snow it's not an issue but when moved onto another surface (brought inside) it can be dangerous.

Check her feet and make sure there's not too much build up.

More of an issue with wet heavy snow as opposed to fluffy.

If she has shoes get studs and pads, if not don't bother.
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post #19 of 23 Old 02-02-2015, 02:11 PM
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I live in Indy too. You will find quickly that people here CANNOT drive in snow. Lol. Your horse will do much better than the people around here. I was a little bummed we didn't get all the snow that was forecast...

The only thing you *might* have to worry about is the snowballs in your horses hooves. The snow/ ice likes to get packed in there. You just have to pick out their hooves a little more often.

Not sure if you like to trail ride or not, but I LOVE riding in snow. It's so peaceful and fun. I highly recommend it!
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post #20 of 23 Old 02-02-2015, 02:58 PM
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The snowballs in the feet are something to think about if you decide to ride in the snow - and also be aware that there could be a layer of hard smooth ice under the snow that your horse can too easily slide on and lose its footing. One of mine walked briskly up to me last night, stopped and then carried on sliding for a good 3 feet right past me.
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