Re: [RC] Do Pastured Horses Come In Out of the Rain? - Heidi Smith
> I have heard also from a friend, that it is common in Idaho to just turn
> horses out for the winter. I suspect they grow awesome coats and are
> very tough individuals. What I think makes ALL the difference, is if they
> can move around to get warm.
> Personally, even in mild Calif climate, I have seen them shiver in a
> could not stand that, so feel they need the option of shelter.
> Another thing to consider is if you ever have a sick h orse....y ou will
> you have a dry place.
Actually, it isn't just common in Idaho--it is common in lots of places. It
is far healthier to be out in the REALLY cold weather than it is in the
rain, because when it is REALLY cold, the hair stays dry, and they stay
insulated. Our horses are turned out all winter in the cold, and they LOVE
it. They don't shiver, they feel good, and they are virtually never sick.
(By contrast, stalled horses have a significantly higher rate of pneumonias,
due to ammonia and dust problems--there have even been some pretty
impressive studies done on this.) The biggest issues in winter are ensuring
adequate feed (they DO eat more, as they need the heat of digestion and the
additional calories to generate body heat), and adequate water that isn't
all frozen up. The most miserable weather for horses is 33 and raining, for
sure. One reason we like Idaho is that we just don't get much of that sort
of weather. :-)
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- RE: [RC] Do Pastured Horses Come In Out of the Rain?, Bob Morris
- Re: [RC] Do Pastured Horses Come In Out of the Rain?, Sullivan