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post #1 of 14 Old 11-25-2014, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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First impending snowstorm with my horses

A Nor'easter is predicted to bring up to 10" of snow here tomorrow. My horses are able to go in/out of their stalls at will. Their coats are coming in, and although I bought them lightweight blankets I prefer not to use them unless it falls into the single digits- maybe sometime in January. They have a heated water trough, & a little extra hay tonight. Temps will be hovering around's already been colder than that, with lows in the teens overnight last week. Anything else I might do?
BTW it was 60 yesterday, and 55 today. So confusing! Plus I am a teacher, and as much as I'd like to start my pre-Thanksgiving cooking a few hours earlier, I'd hate to have my first snow day this early!!
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-25-2014, 07:33 PM
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Water, hay, and shelter is all you need. They're pretty tough critters.
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-25-2014, 07:49 PM
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A plastic sled is great for moving hay.
You'll be fine.
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-25-2014, 09:10 PM
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yup-we use the sled all the time. They will be fine. Actually, they will probably love playing in it. have the camera ready for some pretty pictures!
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-25-2014, 10:19 PM
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I bo't a new rain sheet for one horse in case we'd had wet snow/rain and wind along with temps near the freezing mark. I don't mind that the horse didn't need it as winter arrived a little more gradually this year.

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I only confine mine during blizzards and ice storms/icy pastures. Otherwise they want the winter turnout. If you're getting frozen with the wind chills, just make sure that your horses have shelter from terrible, cold winds. If the shelter has to be their stall, then, TOUGH, that's where they'll wait it out.
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-25-2014, 10:31 PM
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Same weather here. Everyone's super excited but I just keep on saying "remember in a few months this will be nothing!"

Is this your first winter with horses? They will be fine. Sounds like you have a good set up.
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-26-2014, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Same weather here. Everyone's super excited but I just keep on saying "remember in a few months this will be nothing!"

Is this your first winter with horses? They will be fine. Sounds like you have a good set up.
Yes- this is my first winter. Not much snow actually- sleety drizzle mostly so far. Some rain. I fed them in their stalls this morning, keeping the doors open. They each stayed in for a few hours, then one came out (the other was in HIS stall) and it was a standoff for quite a while! He didn't seem to mind the weather- kept sticking his head in, and they were mouthing each other and playing around. Finally he went back into the other stall and ate some more.
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-26-2014, 04:16 PM
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Winter's awful...... I really really hate it.

That being said my horses survived two ice storms, last years hellashis(sp?) winter with no blankets, a heated tank, and a small shelter. They're much more durable than people often think. :) Also wanted to say he's gorgeous!!
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-26-2014, 04:47 PM
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You let them tell you. If they are cold they will shake and shiver. I know some horses who could absolutely care less about the cold! My friends horse stayed naked through a snowstorm with weather in the teens. He couldn't have been happier! My mare on the other hand is a whimp. Anything in the 50's plus rain and she is trembling like she is having a seizure. We bring her inside if we know it will rain over night because she will be miserable outside.
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