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Old 01/07/10, 07:13 PM
 
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ya some stuff is junk right out of the box its with that for almost every thing you buy i got an electric fence one time and i hooked it all up right and i seen one of my cows licking it so i touched it nothing the light was on and every thing grounded with 3 ground rods like it said took it back and said it was junk and it didnt work got another one and seen that same cow lick it and fall to the ground so that one worked

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Old 01/07/10, 07:43 PM
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ya some stuff is junk right out of the box its with that for almost every thing you buy i got an electric fence one time and i hooked it all up right and i seen one of my cows licking it so i touched it nothing the light was on and every thing grounded with 3 ground rods like it said took it back and said it was junk and it didnt work got another one and seen that same cow lick it and fall to the ground so that one worked

I had to chuckle at that one!! LOL
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Old 01/09/10, 06:03 AM
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We ground our water trough that has the heater in it. Supposedly some horses can feel the current in the water and won't touch it. I just have a metal rod driven into the ground, and screw a copper wire to it and have the wire in the water (right to the bottom).

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Old 01/09/10, 06:13 AM
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If I have a horse that is old (like my 30 year old gelding) or doesn't grow a thick hair coat and is shivering in whatever conditions, I put a waterproof rug on them. They stop shivering, they keep weight on, and everyones happy.
I take it on a horse by horse basis. However, I do have a blanket for every horse in case of sickness or special circumstance.

What she said. Yup yup yup. Or if I get The Look, like Sid gave us the other day. My old Arab however will actually shiver. I know shivering is his body's way of warming, but he shivers in a Spring rain, so I just don't think he is personally adapted very well for the cold. He is my smart boy, though...stands still for his blanket, sees us in summer and walks right up with his head down for his fly mask...with age CAN come wisdom!

Anyhow, a horse who is young and healthy should be able to maintain to some pretty ridiculously cold temps with good hay to eat. But when there are extremes (high winds, precipitation with winds, for instance, single digit degrees) I just go ahead and blanket them. Remember, I live in a more temperate state so we don't as a rule deal with a lot of super cold, but when we do, it sneaks out of nowhere, lasts for a day or two, warms back up, then snaps again. This winter had me concerned as we went form like 40 degrees down to 9 with a wind chill in the space of a day, they just weren't ready for that one.
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I have been blanketing the freeloader horse I mentioned above for weeks now, but yesterday he was even shivering under his medium weight waterproof blanket It didn't get above freezing at all yesterday and there was some wind, too. I ended up having to swap his medium weight blanket out for the heavyweight Weatherbeater that you see advertised in catalogs with horses that are running around in the snow. My older TB is doing just fine is his medium weight blanket, so it really does vary from individual to individual.

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