Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I would like to add that climate makes a big difference in how we keep out horses. We had severe flooding the last week of December. My property, the oldest farm house, and oldest house in town was built on the highest spot in town, and our town is maybe 5 ft higher than another town, 6 miles away, which routinely floods from a local river. Many rural road were totally impassible. THEN it froze the clay soil. Where Smilie lives on the high plains, east of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where it gets cold, but it stays dry. It is a lot like eastern Colorado, cold and dry.
It is unusual for Us to have a drought, but when we do, it can only affect the farmers. We never have to ration our water, or watch our water tables and lakes recede to dirt. In fact, if you buy and drink Dasani water, you are buying water from the Mahomet aquifer, which They are gradually draining for profit. =/
We live in a reclaimed swamp!
High humidity in the Climate is harmful to your horse. It's been so wet here (lately) that making a pie crust has been difficult! Damp cold, and it permeates. THIS is what I meant by keeping my horse's feet DRY and healthy.
From what I understand a dry climate best suits the horse. We need to make adjustments according to weather and to climate. Do not assume that your horse is capable of withstanding a full on blizzard with some kind of shelter. Do not assume that trapping him in a stall full time is something he will enjoy, either.
Please study up, if you are new to horses, and don't make any assumptions.