Y’all it’s cold!I am sitting here in utter climate shock right now. The temps are expected to plummet tonight. The news is saying we are going to hit record lows tonight and tomorrow. Now I am from FL, so cold weather has never been my friend. However, I have lived in NC long enough that I have become accustom to the cold days and nights each winter. I’ve also slowly learned to add extra layers and wear long johns instead of trying to tough out the cold. (I actually bought my first pair of thermals last month. How I went so long with out them is a mystery. They are a lifesaver.) Despite the amounts of layers I plan to where the next couple of days are going to be freezing and I do mean F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G! The low tonight is 9 degrees. Yes, you read that right 9 degrees! I have never experienced temps that low before. The coldest that we’ve been since I’ve lived here was high teens and that was only once or twice. Most nights its mid-to-upper 20s.
I know all of you from up north or the northwest are probably talking out loud to your computer right now and saying “that’s nothing” or “suck it up baby” but hey, I’m from the south south and I don’t do cold weather. Heck I’m as cold natured as anyone can possibly be and when its in the 80s I’m freezing, so single digit numbers are going to be rough!I can promise you the heat will be turned up and a fire going tonight.
Anyway, since my horses nor I have ever experienced this cold of weather, I decided to take extra precautions to help them stay warm. Now according to a local vet here, it takes horses 10-20 days to acclimate to colder than normal temps. Since we don’t have that much time and are gonna experience a drastic drop, I’m going to do all I can to help mine stay warm.
Here are some tips on how to keep your horse warm and happy in the cold:
- Make sure they have plenty of food. Providing extra hay for your horse to munch on will help keep their core temperature up. ( I put out a fresh round bale for mine while they are outside during the day and plan to give extra flakes of hay while they are inside at night.)
- Blanket your horses. (I plan to blanket all mine to help provide a extra warmth)
- Make sure they have access to shelter. (Mine will be kept up in their stall still the wind is suppose to make the temps feel like they are below 0)
- Keep water buckets/water troughs Ice FREE. (I just bought heated water buckets for my stalls but have used the water tank heater in the pic below the past month and it’s been perfect. My horses drink twice the amount of water they use too. The tank heater keeps the water temp at 45 degrees.)
So those are the most important tips I can provide for any horse owners who are going to experience a drastic drop in weather. Hope all of you stay warm this winter! Enjoy a fire and bundle up!