Are Horses Cold In Winter Weather As Are Humans?
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.
Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR
Pennsylvania License #RS297130
Rural and Horse Properties and Farms
Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.
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