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Are Horses Cold In Winter Weather As Are Humans?

 

Are Horses Cold In Winter Weather As Are Humans?

 

                                            Horses in snow

 

The winds are howling, the snow is falling and temperatures are in the single digits with wind chills.  Plus, the horse is covered in snow.  Why is my horse still standing outdoors and not using the shelter provided where it is nice and warm?  

 

The reason why horses prefer being outdoors is simply because they need to move around and require fresh air.  This is what keeps them healthy.  Horses will seek shelter when the wind picks up or during the night time hours.  

 

But how do you know if the horse is warm?  Simple.  Look at the snow on its back.  It does not melt.  If you feel under the snow on the horse, you will feel warmth.

 

So why doesn't the snow melt?  Even though the horse's temperature is around 100 degrees, the thick hair acts as insulation and holds the horse's body heat in so it doesn't escape.  This is why the snow on it's back does not melt and does not allow it to get cold.  How do you think the horses in the wild survive the frigid temperatures?  

 

Many breeds of dogs, livestock, as well as wild animals, have this same way of adapting to the cold.  As long as they have shelter, food and water, they adapt very well to the changing weather.  One thing to be careful about is NOT to groom the horse or animal.  This will get the moisture down near the skin, at which point the horse will end up being chilled.

 

Therefore, not all animals living outdoors are considered as cruelty cases.  As long as these animals have shelter, food and water, have good weight, and show no signs of shivering, they are probably doing well in the environment.  Mother nature does take care of its own.  We just have to add food, water and TLC.

 

 

 

 

Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR®  (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.  

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Comment balloon 14 commentsBrigita McKelvie, Associate Broker • January 05 2018 03:27PM

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Good morning, Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker I learned alot just now with this post.... I'm sure my granddaughter knows this information, but I'll pass it along to her... thanks

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 9 months ago

I did not think about the importance of NOT grooming in the winter

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) 9 months ago

Hello Brigita,  Now I know more about why they like it outside all the time in the snow.  Hope you are staying warm, cold winter back there.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 9 months ago

Good morning Brigita - you just give me much good information.  I wonder about dogs too.  I am sure some breeds are ok outside if they can come in.  Now I wonder if the dog coats are necessary or just because the owners are worried about them.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 9 months ago

Good morning, Barbara!

We all learn something new each day.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 9 months ago

Good morning, Kristin!

It is only when the horse is wet that you do not groom.  Otherwise, the horses appreciate being groomed and spending time being fussed over, especially if there are treats.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 9 months ago

Good morning, Will!

Brrrrrrrr. It is freezing here.  Put so many layers on that I hope I do not have to bend over for any reason because that is difficult.  

Keep warm.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 9 months ago

Good morning, Grant!

As with horses, unless the dog has been clipped, a blanket or coat are not really necessary.  It actually does not help.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 9 months ago

Good morning Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker 

Thank you for sharing your information.

Have a great day.

Posted by Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker (Harry Norman, REALTORS® ) 9 months ago

Good morning, Anthony!

Thank you for stopping by.

Keep warm and make it a great day!

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 9 months ago

Brigita,

I had no idea that horses had that kind of built in protection.  Thank you for enlightening us.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 9 months ago

Hi, Ron & Alexandra!

Mother Nature takes good care of her children.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 9 months ago

I often worry about certain animals out in the cold.  It's nice to know they have that kind of builtin protection.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago

Good morning, Myrl!

Many people have expressed this concern.  What we have to understand is that horses in the wild live outdoors 24/7 no matter what the weather.  Mother Nature had to protect them somehow against the elements.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 8 months ago

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