I haven’t been outside for many hours, but last I checked we had white out conditions and snow was falling at a rate of 2-3″ per hour. When I fed this morning, there was only an inch or two on the ground and the horses looked pretty cozy in their Rambo blankets — funnily enough, all three of them are wearing versions of the iconic blanket. I guess it’s because they are warm and wear like iron. Freedom’s purple Rambo is more than 16 years old. I bought it for his predecessor!
I left them with lots of hay, some soaked cubes, and a heated water tank. While many people I know prefer to tuck their horses into stalls on winter nights, I think there are some benefits to having them out — they can move around more freely, the water stays drinkable, and they have shelter from the wind. When I worry about them, I remember that the retired horses on the property aren’t wearing blankets and one of them is pushing 34. And that Zelda was bred and raised in Canada, where they horses live out with no blankets but plenty of hay.
What have you done to keep your horses warm this winter? Do you have a favorite blanket brand for when the temperatures drop and the snow is falling fast and thick?