Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:15 PM
We are new miniature horse owners. Do you have any advice about cold/snowy weather care?
Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:18 PM
The only thing I can think of off the top of my head: make sure they are drinking (some don't drink enough when the water is too cold); when the temps drop increase hay to help them stay warm (the digestion of hay/fiber creates heat and helps warm them); be sure to feel them (topline and ribs) to make sure they are holding their weight (winter woolies make it difficult to see weight loss or even gain, they tend to look chubby in winter due to all the hair); guess that's all I can think of at the moment.
Stallions: Little Kings Cat on Top, Paper Mache`
Mares: Misty, Tana, Bonny, Dolly, Baybe, Bliss, and Sophia
Geldings: Dakota, Monte and Manny, Spotty
Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:38 PM
I'm no Angel but my child in heaven is. With his hand on my shoulder I can weather any storm.
Michael, My Archangel, My Teen Angel in Heaven
His life was brilliant, His love was pure, He saw an Angel, of that I'm sure...
September 1, 1987- June 10, 2006 Hopelessly devoted to you, then, now and forever
See you in my dreams my love
Welcome to my life grandaughter Lexis Clair Garrison I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!
Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:56 PM
Because I work and he's retired, my hubby often feeds our horses for me and - bless his heart - he leaves them in their stalls during the day if the weather is bad (blowing snow, cold rain, wind chill in the teens). I'd put them out, at least for a few hours, but since he often cleans stalls, too, I'm certainly not going to complain!
Edited by Lori W, 21 December 2012 - 02:58 PM.
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Home of these beloved stallions...
- Silver Birchs DLBs Trouble Gunsmoke, 2008 ASPC/AMHR/IBHA, 37.5" blue eyed buckskin, (EE, Aa, nCR, LWO neg), son of Rhapsody's Rio Del Oro
- Dusty Lane Vegas Bet A Buck, 2002 AMHR/AMHA/IBHA, 32" grulla, (Ee, DD, aa), son of Hilltops Little Vegas
- OP Perfectly Dun In Gold, 2011 ASPC/AMHR/IBHA, 36" grulla, (Ee, Dd, nCR), son of Vermilyea Farms Good as Gold
Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:13 PM
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:05 AM
Most of our minis have heated buckets in their stalls or heated tubs in their runs but for those we don't trust with electrical cords, we make insulated buckets by putting different sized buckets, one inside the other, with insulation in between. If needed, we use a regular carabiner to hang it. We also will add very warm water to top off buckets at bedtime. This gives them warm water to drink and keeps the insulated buckets from freezing.
On Target Miniatures, AMHA/AMHR/PtHA registered minis & Little Hooves 4-H Club
Current avatar: Vermilyea Farms Exotic Exposure (B/W ex-broodmare now 4-H project: head shot); Aloha Acres Fashion by Magic (driving; also 4-H project); OTM Moonlight Snow (2013 B/W filly with ball); OTM Hit the Jackpot (2013 silver bay/white colt); OTM Sure Shot (2012 bay/white gelding); OTM Calling the Shots (2012 Gray/white filly). Almost half the herd of 14. Photos from summer 2013.
Some horses come and go, and others come, leave hoof prints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. RIP Max & Target, our special boys.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:25 AM
Have a Merry Christmas!