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post #21 of 23 Old 02-03-2015, 04:41 PM
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These two have free access to barn stalls kept about 12-18" deep in fresh, warm, cozy straw. If they aren't eating hay or drinking water as fast as I can fill it, they are doing this:

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I can't find it, but I had a picture of the mini donk standing and eating hay with about a 4" deep covering of snow literally from his ears to the end of his rump...standing about 8 feet from his dry and cozy stall. lol

So I wouldn't worry, let them (and you!) enjoy the snow. :)

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post #22 of 23 Old 02-03-2015, 06:25 PM
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8 inches of snow is nothing to a horse - that's not even belly high on a mini. Unless your horse absolutely needs to be someplace warmer, or there is no shelter or wind-break otherwise, just leave them be. If given the choice they will usually stand outside and turn their butts to the wind!

The only time I would truly worry is during icy conditions like freezing rain, or blizzard conditions - and I'm talking BLIZZARD. Like 2-3 feet of snow at once. Honestly during winter and cold, colic is a worse enemy than slipping and falling. Make sure they are drinking enough water and getting enough hay, and they should be dandy.
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post #23 of 23 Old 02-03-2015, 08:49 PM
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My horse he is fine he has hay 24/7. He has a shelter with hay inside and outside. With no blanket and he fine.
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