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Wet Horse...at what temp. are they cold?

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  • Wet Horse...at what temp. are they cold?

    My horse is out in the downpoor..the barn is flooded so the horses are out in the fields (muddy but not deep). At what tempature do horses get cold in the rain? It 's 76degrees right now.

    I have a turnout sheet without a hood but I'm not sure if it would make her anymore comfortable since she would be wet underneath it. Also have a med. blanket with a hood but that usually comes out in the 30's weather.

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    Just like people, horses seem to vary in their perception and tolerance of cold. Coat quality and fatness can also play a part in determining how the horse will handle the cold.

    A tucked in bum ,followed by shivering are the signs I look for to tell if a horse is cold.

    If you have more than one blanket, I have blanketed a wet horse with a layer of straw under the blanket to allow for air flow to dry the horse...and then swap blankets out later.
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    • #3
      At what temp are you cold?

      This time of year, for my horses, without yet a full Winter coat, they get cold at a higher temperature, faster, when it's raining, than in Feb when they are fully fluffy.

      We've had a LOT of rain here this week, it went from the 90's for the last couple of weeks, to low 60's-low 70's this week with some heavy rain. Yesterday's rain wasn't supposed to start until later in the day, but it was already raining heavily by the time I got them in for breakfast. 2 of them were REALLY cold, and it was "only" about 65*.

      But if it warmed up to 65 in Jan and we got the same rain it would take much longer for them to get cold.

      I have absolutely put a waterproof, breathable sheet on a wet horse in that type of temperature. The water on their body quickly warms up once the sheet is on, and the breathability of the sheet allows them to dry. I don't bother with hay/straw, since it won't stay on long anyway in turnout.
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        #4
        Okay that's what I'll do then...after I pick my preschooler up I'll go put her turnout sheet on.

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        • #5
          Unless its health is compromised for some reason a horse should be fine without anything at 75 degrees.

          What humans feel as cold is different than what horses feel as cold. I put turnouts on if it's raining in the 30's and 40's. But if it's 50s or above mine would be sweating underneath a turnout.

          I would check your mare to see if she's cold before throwing a turnout on. Does she have access to a shed or windbreak? My horses have been out in this storm all day and haven't headed to their shed once. While I find the weather miserable, they are perfectly happy to stand out in blowing rain at 69 degrees.

          This article has good info: http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=13124
          Last edited by BestHorses; Sep. 30, 2010, 05:43 PM.

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          • #6
            Horses have a much different tolerance for bad weather. My rule of thumb is if it's over 50 degrees and raining, they go out. No sheet necessary. And, at 76 degrees, I'd be concerned about creating an over-heated horse who will be sweaty! I've always been told when in doubt to under-blanket.

            If your horse isn't even bothering to turn his back to the rain, then probably he couldn't care less. But, if he's shivering or with a tucked up behind, then he may be cold.

            Truly, most horses are not bothered by what we consider icky weather.

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            • #7
              Depends on the horse. One of mine needs a turnout sheet in the rain at 45 degrees with a wind. Others are fine no matter what.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BestHorses View Post
                Unless its health is compromised for some reason a horse should be fine without anything at 75 degrees.
                Not necessarily true.

                There is a time when some horses' coats are not up to the task of dealing with hours and hours of cold, heavy rain.

                There is nothing health-compromising about my 2 horses who get cold. The 3rd horse who takes a lot longer to get cold is probably the most "compromised" of the 3, simply because he is IR.
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                • #9
                  My mare got her sheet on today, she has always been the thin skinned type and she was shivering like it was -20 out there! Poor thing. The other two weren't so bad, and believe it or not my oldest with arthritis was the one who wasn't concerned at all!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JB View Post
                    At what temp are you cold?
                    She likely has no haircoat.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Androcles View Post
                      She likely has no haircoat.
                      Duh - the point was that it's not a black and white answer, what makes one horse or person cold is not a guarantee to make the next horse or person cold. It's like asking "how long is a string?"
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                      • #12
                        I wouldn't put the TO sheet on at 76 degrees. Regardless of location or weather conditions (wind/rain), 76 degrees is still almost 80 degrees.
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                        • #13
                          But if the horse is COLD because of heavy rain, soaked skin...

                          76* coming out of Summer is not as warm as 76* coming into Spring.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jaideux View Post
                            Horses have a much different tolerance for bad weather. My rule of thumb is if it's over 50 degrees and raining, they go out. No sheet necessary. And, at 76 degrees, I'd be concerned about creating an over-heated horse who will be sweaty! I've always been told when in doubt to under-blanket.

                            If your horse isn't even bothering to turn his back to the rain, then probably he couldn't care less. But, if he's shivering or with a tucked up behind, then he may be cold.

                            Truly, most horses are not bothered by what we consider icky weather.
                            This has also been my experience. I have a 20 year old TB here that gets cold before anyone else. He seems to be fine if it's over 50-55 degrees-any less than that and he gets a rainsheet. I would also factor in wind-a wet horse in high winds in chilly temps would get cold very fast.

                            If they do come in shivering, I put a polarfleece cooler on them (it wicks the moisture rapidly while keeping them warm) with blankets on top until they stop shivering. Then I put the appropriate weight rainsheet/blanket on them.
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                              I went out and put a turnout on her. When she saw that I had the blanket she headed right over (plus she wasn't grazing..just standing there). Started grazing when I left. Turnout doesn't have a neck on it but I guess it's better than nothing:0(


                              Right now it's it's 67degrees and breezy..not what it's going to be tonight since weather.com says it "should" 74 right now and is only going to drop to 70 tonight.

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                              • #16
                                My daughter's 18 y.o. Arab is shivering at 68 degrees and wet. He's done that twice so far in the last four months.

                                I have to assume that it's his age plus a thin Arab coat and thin skin.

                                We've had him for three years and he didn't do this before. Also, he was an endurance horse and the previous owner didn't blanket unless it was down to 20.

                                But he's shivering at 68 and wet. So it just depends.
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                                • #17
                                  Depends on the horse- if it is shivering it is cold, and needs a sheet.

                                  But my rule of thumb is about 45 deg in the rain for a rain sheet.
                                  Janet

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                                  • #18
                                    I just went out to check on the herd. I was actually offering to bring them back in, but they are ungrateful wretches, and barely bothered to look up.

                                    It is about 70F, and pouring, but, it is not a cold 70F...I was in a cami-top and jeans, and not chilled. Not surprising that they all thought I was nuts to ask them to come back in....oh wait, and the fact that they were on an ungrazed field might have had something to do with that as well.

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                                    • #19
                                      None of mine wanted to come in out of the rain for dinner. Usually they come when I call, but this time I had to go out in the rain and lead them in.
                                      Janet

                                      chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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                                      • #20
                                        I think wind is the telling factor. I am surprised by people blanketing in the PNW, for example. My mare had some too cold times in CO, but generally she prefers to be out in it, verses a stall.

                                        Early in the season storm with a big temperature drop, rain to sleet to snow with wind. That is a recipe for sheets/blankies.

                                        Originally posted by mkevent View Post
                                        If they do come in shivering, I put a polarfleece cooler on them (it wicks the moisture rapidly while keeping them warm) with blankets on top until they stop shivering. Then I put the appropriate weight rainsheet/blanket on them.
                                        Exactly.

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