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Frozen Frustrations

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What problems are you facing with this week's below-normal temperatures?
(Check all that apply)

Water pipes freezing
19%
332
Automatic waterers/hydrants freezing
10%
179
Frozen feed
5%
81
Icy conditions in paddocks and fields
34%
603
Footing in arenas frozen
17%
289
Other (please explain below)
15%
264

Total votes cast: 1748

Comments & Write-in Answers

Coping Fine in MT. Preparation is the key

1/11/2010 9:03:58 PM

Hoses being used to combat frozen 'frostfree' hydrants are brought into the house. Use pelleted feed

1/11/2010 5:30:40 PM

Not freezing in central valley of CA, just gray, gray, gray.

1/11/2010 5:23:14 PM

Cold fingers

1/11/2010 4:35:37 PM

letting the water spigot drip

1/11/2010 4:08:32 PM

with difficulty!

1/11/2010 3:55:59 PM

With a grin and thinking ahead to the warmer weather coming in a few months!

1/11/2010 3:50:00 PM

just doing the best i can running a hose to water tank

1/11/2010 3:35:14 PM

nothing, I'm in California

1/11/2010 3:16:55 PM

Manure management. Can't empty manure wagon, must pile up in back yard!

1/11/2010 2:59:29 PM

it's not easy, but just have to make do.

1/11/2010 2:49:30 PM

frozen water troughs

1/11/2010 12:12:03 PM

frozen water buckets, icicles on the horse's legs, ice balls in their hooves

1/11/2010 11:34:55 AM

breaking ice and hauling water

1/11/2010 10:03:32 AM

frozen water buckets and more frozen water buckets and even more frozen water buckets! :-(

1/11/2010 1:15:39 AM

very well, we prepare for winter, just wish I had horses that used their shelters

1/10/2010 11:10:06 PM

water buckets freezing

1/10/2010 10:24:24 PM

repairing weekly

1/10/2010 9:40:28 PM

Ice balls in hooves despite snow pads.

1/10/2010 9:40:15 PM

Trying to keep walkways to & from pasture snow coated

1/10/2010 8:58:00 PM

Not! Boarders make it worse with their fear and mistrust when we are doing the best we can in -45C

1/10/2010 7:04:02 PM

Keeping water troughs and pails free of ice.

1/10/2010 6:43:04 PM

bringing buckets filled w/hot water from the house

1/10/2010 6:26:19 PM

barn fine but no house heat or water and a flat tire!

1/10/2010 5:17:11 PM

Metal feed bins and water tanks can be a hazard if wet lips contact in below freezing weather.

1/10/2010 4:55:47 PM

displaced behavior

1/10/2010 3:30:07 PM

I know spring is not that far away!

1/10/2010 2:55:18 PM

unable to school and show my horse causing so much upset for me and she is very unsettled

1/10/2010 2:16:33 PM

frozen arena doors!

1/10/2010 12:34:22 PM

Customer access is on a hill - therefore no parking.

1/10/2010 12:13:51 PM

frozen pond!!

1/10/2010 11:29:52 AM

snow balling in ponies hooves

1/10/2010 10:32:07 AM

Manure frozen to paddocks and impossible to clean up.

1/10/2010 10:05:01 AM

using a heated hose to bypass the frozen hydrant. Never froze before.

1/10/2010 9:12:33 AM

Big change for my florida girls. Way more in than anyone is used to.

1/10/2010 8:38:04 AM

boredom

1/10/2010 8:37:08 AM

Carrying buckets out to the trough from the house

1/9/2010 11:34:46 PM

hoof deterioration from previous mud

1/9/2010 9:16:05 PM

Water consumption!!!

1/9/2010 8:54:43 PM

storing hoses in heated room when not using.

1/9/2010 8:26:41 PM

Not being able to enjoy more time with the horses ouside because of the cold

1/9/2010 6:13:19 PM

Using much more hay than usual as grazing covered by snow and ice, feed merchant unable to deliver

1/9/2010 4:34:07 PM

needing to keep them in at night due to high winds

1/9/2010 3:05:14 PM

patience

1/9/2010 2:24:50 PM

snow packed hooves

1/9/2010 2:03:28 PM

southern horses and cold weather don't mix

1/9/2010 1:04:59 PM

water bucket that are frozen

1/9/2010 12:24:13 PM

Lots of layers. Muscles get sore after weeks of cold exposure.

1/9/2010 10:26:13 AM

Taking my time. Counting down the days until there is a thaw.

1/9/2010 10:22:38 AM

I put studs in my EasyBoots for the tenderfooted guy after a trim.

1/9/2010 9:52:12 AM

Bitter strong winds

1/9/2010 8:13:29 AM

heat tapes, chopping ice holes,

1/9/2010 2:44:18 AM

Let them decide how to handle the ice. Their basic instinct is not to get hurt.

1/9/2010 1:04:55 AM

Carrying buckets of hot water!

1/9/2010 12:23:04 AM

None of the above.

1/9/2010 12:03:28 AM

IT IS SO COLD HERE IN MN. I FEEL LIKE MY FACE IS GOIN TO CRACK AND FALL OFF SAME FOR THE HORSES WISK

1/8/2010 9:52:24 PM

increasing water intake, flavored warm water, increasing hay, adequate blanketing, limit stren exerc

1/8/2010 9:38:26 PM

frozen water buckets. but i cope with it everyday and doing okay will be glad when spring is here

1/8/2010 8:06:43 PM

Keeping horses in the barn to stay warm and keep the pipes above freezing in tack room.

1/8/2010 6:34:38 PM

I just worry about them being cold even though they have blankets on

1/8/2010 3:50:17 PM

shoveling dirt!

1/8/2010 3:31:14 PM

With a smile:-)

1/8/2010 3:05:50 PM

throwing bad/old hay down

1/8/2010 2:26:47 PM

walking out the door in the morning

1/8/2010 1:21:54 PM

Packing hot water and trying to keep them protected from the wind

1/8/2010 10:31:06 AM

Your article in this issue confirmed that the things we've been doing are right on track!

1/8/2010 9:58:15 AM

HOLD OFF ON TRAINING, TURNOUT INSIDE BARN AND CHOP ICE WITH AN AX

1/8/2010 8:30:13 AM

Manure spreader is frozen up. Snow drifts make dumping manure in barn lot difficult.

1/8/2010 8:26:29 AM

All our areas of horse care are covered, but we are freezing!

1/8/2010 7:59:42 AM

keeping water thawed

1/8/2010 7:01:13 AM

Veteran pony is fine. I'm really fed up and worried about her fitness and if she has enough water.

1/8/2010 6:52:56 AM

can't get to manure pile due snow on ground

1/7/2010 11:54:41 PM

worry about dehydration so I am soaking beet pulp in hot water mash

1/7/2010 11:33:44 PM

think spring

1/7/2010 11:11:19 PM

ice balls on horses feet, water heater cannot keep up with the cold, hoses crack & break

1/7/2010 10:25:11 PM

I am hauling buckets of water to my babies

1/7/2010 9:42:07 PM

im in australia and its summer, my horse is getting, rain sculd from the heat

1/7/2010 9:31:22 PM

bucketing water, investing in some insulated rubber boots

1/7/2010 9:26:51 PM

Convincing my husband that I "really" need an indoor!

1/7/2010 8:52:23 PM

dealing with a cold weather founder horse does it every year when its cold he is IR

1/7/2010 8:52:11 PM

Fireplace, beer and dog.

1/7/2010 7:44:59 PM

Can't go pick up the load of NEEDED hay due to road conditions.

1/7/2010 7:41:43 PM

frozen hoses

1/7/2010 7:36:14 PM

Having to turn on and off plumbing in the barn to prevent freezing pipes. So far so good

1/7/2010 7:27:03 PM

Fozen manure - will have to have runs bladed w/tractor

1/7/2010 6:12:31 PM

A clean hoof pick breaks up the frozen grain well.

1/7/2010 5:40:00 PM

had plumber redo line

1/7/2010 5:09:35 PM

Water hose to water horses freezing. Use air compressor to blow water out of hose & hang up to drain

1/7/2010 5:00:46 PM

KEEPING HOSE AT HOME AND DRAINED TO PREVENT FREEZING.

1/7/2010 4:54:18 PM

Had to purchase heater for barn cats, No Tx is not supposed to be THIS cold.

1/7/2010 4:21:13 PM

diesel fuel in trucks & tractors wanting to gel. Having to plug everything in so I can feed.

1/7/2010 4:19:51 PM

deep snow, tractors not starting

1/7/2010 4:11:10 PM

Wrapping them, turning off water and draining pipes, dripping water

1/7/2010 4:08:42 PM

putting down grit to improve the footing

1/7/2010 4:05:42 PM

Thawing out waterers & cleaning the snow/ice buildup out the the hooves.

1/7/2010 3:50:08 PM

draining pipes/hoses, not riding/hacking in fields, dreaming of spring

1/7/2010 3:31:57 PM

Heat tape

1/7/2010 3:25:13 PM

wrapping/draining pipes and hoses

1/7/2010 3:23:34 PM

REALLY love my heated Nelson waterers.

1/7/2010 3:12:02 PM

Lucky me; I'm in San Diego and 72 degrees. No worries here!

1/7/2010 3:05:30 PM

insulating - heat tape

1/7/2010 3:00:55 PM

Not much to do... if there's too much ice, my horses stay in. Otherwise, they, and we, deal with it.

1/7/2010 2:51:40 PM

There are benefits to living in the AZ desert. Just a little frost in our area

1/7/2010 2:39:29 PM

Waters buckets freezing, having to carry water to the barn

1/7/2010 2:27:53 PM

Not very well

1/7/2010 2:02:44 PM

water hose freezing. the wind is what drives me mad

1/7/2010 12:49:38 PM

Just plain COLD water in buckets. Big tanks take care of themselves. We use bucket heaters when we

1/7/2010 11:14:30 AM

waterer knocked over by aggressive horses

1/7/2010 9:56:46 AM

taking it day by day and thawing pipes

1/7/2010 9:20:50 AM

one bully horse keeping other from shelter

1/7/2010 9:18:46 AM

Too cold to ride!

1/7/2010 9:09:54 AM

Frozen stock water tank. Installed tank heater.

1/7/2010 8:58:05 AM

not able to water arena--dust!

1/7/2010 8:42:06 AM

throwing down sand & lime

1/7/2010 8:14:01 AM

inadequate water intake even with heaters etc

1/7/2010 7:23:05 AM

after having all of the stock tank heater rings fail simultaneously, have been using heated buckets

1/7/2010 5:16:04 AM

frozen water that needs to be cleared, horses not drinking enough water

1/7/2010 12:59:20 AM

Trouble keeping water tanks open

1/7/2010 12:48:42 AM

frozen buckets

1/7/2010 12:08:34 AM

I had to keep my horse in his run for a month already, because he slipped in pasture with snow.

1/6/2010 11:04:46 PM

Frozen Water Tanks

1/6/2010 11:00:44 PM

Using salt and blocking off icy areas.

1/6/2010 10:11:14 PM

the water tank keep freezen too. when the temp start dropping at night.

1/6/2010 10:03:21 PM

frozen water that needs to be cleared, horses not drinking enough water

1/6/2010 9:55:58 PM

deciding on whether blankets should be on or off.

1/6/2010 9:52:24 PM

Very deep snow will not allow animals exercise outside of shed

1/6/2010 9:25:39 PM

the old fashioned way - hauling out buckets three times daily

1/6/2010 9:23:43 PM

breaking ice and running lots of hoses

1/6/2010 9:04:54 PM

frozen water buckets

1/6/2010 8:52:31 PM

no worries!

1/6/2010 8:47:00 PM

watching the older horses for any signs of distress

1/6/2010 8:45:50 PM

Frozen divits-horrible footing

1/6/2010 7:51:24 PM

Leading horses over icy /snowy ground can be very scary

1/6/2010 6:56:57 PM

unable to be home to change medium to light weight blankets in the daytime

1/6/2010 6:47:28 PM

Mucking the runs/corral with poop frozen to the ground, aka: "poopsicles"...

1/6/2010 6:01:53 PM

With a grin - better the snow then the mud that is going to follow when this all melts.

1/6/2010 6:00:47 PM

ample water consumption

1/6/2010 5:34:31 PM

Frozen troughs, luckily have a melting thing

1/6/2010 5:27:26 PM

Frozen water buckets. We don't use heated buckets for fear of a fire or electic shock to the horse

1/6/2010 5:21:01 PM

I spend more time at the barn and just "checking up" on my horses than during normal weather

1/6/2010 5:19:28 PM

Sledge hammer to knock frozen beet pulp out of rubber buckets; be careful hydrant drains THOROUGHLY

1/6/2010 5:09:16 PM

Not being able to foxhunt or ride!

1/6/2010 3:58:55 PM

sick help in cold weather

1/6/2010 3:43:50 PM

Mud and pasture distruction keeps me busy 'replacing divots'.

1/6/2010 3:39:25 PM

Trying to keep horses warm. Florida isn't use to a week of freezing temps.

1/6/2010 3:20:21 PM

second guessing whether blankets should be on or off

1/6/2010 3:04:24 PM

Carrying buckets of warm water; warm mash to assure good colon function; running the water at night

1/6/2010 2:47:05 PM

Falling on the ice (me- not the horses!!)

1/6/2010 2:42:02 PM

Fairly well even though my horses range in age from 26yr-39yr

1/6/2010 2:41:49 PM

Stall and paddock games, ground training

1/6/2010 2:39:27 PM

Problems with water troughs freezing over after ice broken and removed

1/6/2010 2:37:53 PM

frozen water buckets. just kepp chipping, chipping, chipping !!

1/6/2010 2:32:52 PM

Frozen fingers and toes. Layers of clothes; heat packs in gloves and boots.

1/6/2010 2:31:01 PM

getting there but with difficulty

1/6/2010 2:28:39 PM

not very well

1/6/2010 2:10:38 PM

senior horse having pain from cold

1/6/2010 1:53:35 PM

Keeping self warm, getting help in cold, plowing drive, etc etc etc

1/6/2010 1:25:23 PM

2 horses + 5 sheep in one open stall keeping warm together.

1/6/2010 12:51:14 PM

Mud froze into solid clumps that the horses can't walk on.

1/6/2010 12:08:33 PM

I put boots on my horses so their hooves wouldn't snowball, & remodeled to prevent pipes freezing.

1/6/2010 11:38:16 AM

frozen water buckets & tub but the muds solid!!

1/6/2010 11:31:02 AM

A lot of work!!!

1/6/2010 10:59:42 AM

None. I'm the ant, not the grasshopper.

1/6/2010 10:46:16 AM

I can't stop thinking that they might actually fit in the basement!

1/6/2010 10:32:38 AM

frozen water buckets

1/6/2010 10:13:00 AM

Clod horses w no shelter, just balnkets

1/6/2010 10:03:34 AM

Giving more hay and trying to keep the horses drinking

1/6/2010 10:02:33 AM

wind wind wind blowing my barn apart

1/6/2010 9:48:03 AM

frozen doors

1/6/2010 9:47:52 AM

Slippery roads on the farm a problem too

1/6/2010 9:45:21 AM

lots of warm water..in troughs and buckets. salting paths to stables

1/6/2010 9:10:36 AM

None! We are in VT and are used to it!

1/6/2010 9:10:27 AM

Most south Louisiana horse owners don't own horse blankets!

1/6/2010 9:04:11 AM

Not enough heated water buckets! Full wheelbarrow in deep snow=headache and backache...OH

1/6/2010 8:53:53 AM

Drifting Snow

1/6/2010 8:50:53 AM

Proud flesh getting frostbite even under wraps.

1/6/2010 8:47:47 AM

Blanketing Horses.

1/6/2010 8:42:04 AM

plug in auto waterer popped out- flooded pasture-2in of ice.Am chipping & salting to no avail

1/6/2010 8:40:07 AM

Previous mud is now hard sharp ridges in paddock

1/6/2010 8:35:00 AM

We are used to cold temps and do not have these problems as we address them before the cold season.

1/6/2010 8:31:45 AM

arab with hypothermia

1/6/2010 8:15:07 AM

Mostly the water keeps freezing, and footing is horribly frozen. dangerous for them to walk on

1/6/2010 7:59:22 AM

condensation inside barn

1/6/2010 7:56:16 AM

mud as it warms up during the day and freezing at night and early morning

1/6/2010 7:54:07 AM

frozen buckets all day

1/6/2010 6:21:02 AM

For where we are in Central New hampshire this has been a pretty typical winter.

1/6/2010 6:20:14 AM

frozen snaps are so annoying!

1/6/2010 3:53:56 AM

Excersing the most frustrating

1/6/2010 3:24:21 AM

heated waterbuckets are one of the greatest inventions

1/6/2010 3:06:15 AM

icy footing & going through more hay

1/6/2010 2:41:43 AM

Pasture horses with blankets on - not allowing their coats to grow thicker to combat the cold

1/6/2010 2:03:33 AM

Winter coats with 75 F daytime temps but don't want to clip; mid-low 30s at night and 20s last week

1/6/2010 1:53:54 AM

Being careful about turnout.

1/6/2010 1:15:14 AM

Horses not drinking enough water

1/6/2010 12:51:42 AM

I just keep trudging along carrying buckets and buckets of water for my three horses.

1/6/2010 12:46:14 AM

Rough, sharp, frozen ground chipping already tender feet. Horses don't want to move around much.

1/6/2010 12:26:09 AM

30 year old horse's soaked pelleted feed freezes before he can eat it - has no teeth so big problem.

1/5/2010 11:54:51 PM

Wils animals looking for food! Racoon trying to get in barn. Lucky it's solid and animal-proof!!!

1/5/2010 11:40:30 PM

they get to drink free choice creek in field 3 mares are happy one colt is in lockup frozen buckets

1/5/2010 11:37:23 PM

We opened the gate to the pasture with a pond and are using a stock tank heater.

1/5/2010 11:31:44 PM

I live in Canada its always cold in winter

1/5/2010 11:31:02 PM

I have wrapped my hydrant in the barn and use a heat lamp to keep it thawed

1/5/2010 11:27:02 PM

lots of buckets, and breaking ice.

1/5/2010 11:27:00 PM

Fine!

1/5/2010 11:25:20 PM

More manure to shovel due to increased amounts of hay/water!!

1/5/2010 11:15:26 PM

hope for warmer weather soon to help thaw paddocks

1/5/2010 11:15:22 PM

hoses freezing .. I bring them into the house to keep them thawed

1/5/2010 11:07:02 PM

We luckily had alternate ways to get water to horses.

1/5/2010 10:56:19 PM

Frozen buckets and troughs.

1/5/2010 10:45:46 PM

water tubs freezing, using hot water from house

1/5/2010 10:19:14 PM

Live in Arizona, temps are moderate, worst problem is frozen hoses on cold nights

1/5/2010 10:15:35 PM

horse has caught a cold.

1/5/2010 10:13:51 PM

water frozen--heated buckets

1/5/2010 10:04:29 PM

barn management cut back in feed when horses need more calories

1/5/2010 9:58:19 PM

going through lots more hay than normal..what to do w/ haystring! : )

1/5/2010 9:53:56 PM

acute lameness injury from icy conditions

1/5/2010 9:49:02 PM

I break ice 3 - 4 times a day. Keep everyone off the ice as much as possible & warm water the feed

1/5/2010 9:46:51 PM

Fill bathtub with water for power outage. Stock up suppliesin case snowed in.

1/5/2010 9:45:43 PM

Less riding, no riding in arena, just in the fields where there's snow and no ice

1/5/2010 9:35:16 PM

People blanketing winter-acclimatized horses, thus causing them to be colder.

1/5/2010 9:16:47 PM

keeping warm water available;using a bucket heater carefully

1/5/2010 9:16:27 PM

shoveling paths

1/5/2010 9:15:07 PM

In NC - keeping water open in pasture troughs and stall buckets long enough for horses to drink

1/5/2010 9:10:47 PM

No worries, we are used to winters with up to 500 inches of snow!

1/5/2010 9:10:20 PM

Make sure horses have lots of hay and water and also shelter from icy wind

1/5/2010 9:03:52 PM

8 foot drifts of snow

1/5/2010 9:03:34 PM

paying for increased rations 50%

1/5/2010 8:57:41 PM

FROZEN HORSE POOP!!!

1/5/2010 8:48:33 PM

frozen water buckets.

1/5/2010 8:48:26 PM

extreme temp changes. Blankets on and off depending on the temp. Below zero temps

1/5/2010 8:32:47 PM

checking water conditions more, keepinghorses out of wind is challenging

1/5/2010 8:32:26 PM

hauling water from house, keeping horses up more & blanketed

1/5/2010 8:23:10 PM

moved the horses to a winter lot with pea gravel that offers more level footing.

1/5/2010 8:15:26 PM

wrap all exposed waterpipes and hydrants in heat tape

1/5/2010 8:14:09 PM

horses getting into rye field when I'm at work-Hay is put out daily.

1/5/2010 8:08:58 PM

Below zero wind chills, extra clothes for me and extra hay for the horses.

1/5/2010 8:01:43 PM

winterizing barn/run in shed from cold wind

1/5/2010 8:01:13 PM

Keeping water warm enough to encourage drinking in pastures

1/5/2010 7:55:51 PM

Waiting it out

1/5/2010 7:49:59 PM

filling water tanks & buckets

1/5/2010 7:45:56 PM

I contantly check my water trough heaters to be sure waterDon't strip stalls, add bedding on top

1/5/2010 7:43:40 PM

cold getting into the old horse's bones.......makes them (and me) hurt more. Just dreaming of spring

1/5/2010 7:42:34 PM

snow buildup in pastures. The snow is so deep the horses dont go far from the barn

1/5/2010 7:41:42 PM

stock tank heaters, insulated heaters for hydrants, blankets for outside horses

1/5/2010 7:33:27 PM

Not all of us are freezing...It's still 60 here in California.

1/5/2010 7:26:47 PM

Dress for the weather, water heaters, horse blankets for below 25 degrees. Enjoying no bugs!!!

1/5/2010 7:20:02 PM

You don't have frozen tanks without water heaters! Having to break ice, I would love electricity!

1/5/2010 7:05:26 PM

just give them more hay,worry more about ducks on frozen pond

1/5/2010 6:56:04 PM

I don't want to go outside!

1/5/2010 6:43:44 PM

Our pastures are very large and spread out making it difficult to get to. 4-wheeler & tractor help.

1/5/2010 6:37:53 PM

not riding!

1/5/2010 6:37:42 PM

new young horse pulling out water heater from tank! Too cold to work/train the youngster

1/5/2010 6:35:33 PM

heated buckets, blankets all day/night, extra hay

1/5/2010 6:33:31 PM

frozen buckets

1/5/2010 6:30:29 PM

Hooking up to the hot water faucets when watering. Saves time when buckets are frozen.

1/5/2010 6:30:01 PM

We live in Southern CA and it is 75 and sunny today, but we have other issues to deal with.

1/5/2010 6:28:19 PM

tractors not starting!

1/5/2010 6:23:17 PM

It wears me out !

1/5/2010 6:20:28 PM

With HUMOR!

1/5/2010 6:16:54 PM

frozen manure and urine in stalls and paddocks

1/5/2010 6:14:33 PM

No problems in snowy Vermont

1/5/2010 6:12:08 PM

harardous footing for people

1/5/2010 6:07:20 PM

poop frozen to the ground that has to be chiseled free!

1/5/2010 6:06:58 PM

avoidance

1/5/2010 6:02:37 PM

Living in So. Ca. I dont have these problems anymore!!

1/5/2010 6:02:06 PM

Barn Fever/Cabin Fever

1/5/2010 5:57:11 PM

bucket of warm water ...from the house to the barn...

1/5/2010 5:48:56 PM

frozen hose

1/5/2010 5:47:48 PM

my mare has hay allergies, I have to wet/soak her hay...ahhhhhh brrrrrrrr

1/5/2010 5:47:14 PM

Shortages of salt and grit making it difficult to keep walkways safe

1/5/2010 5:45:52 PM

we have freezing days and then hot days and the horses' coats are confused!!

1/5/2010 5:43:10 PM

Rolling over the icy spots with the tractor

1/5/2010 5:42:27 PM

we ran water from the house :)

1/5/2010 5:40:03 PM

water consumption decreased

1/5/2010 5:39:30 PM

we spread stonedust and/or wood ash for traction

1/5/2010 5:38:51 PM

the hose I need to fill the water trough stays frozen, even if drained

1/5/2010 5:37:20 PM

and I'm already tired of breaking the ice in water buckets and we have several more months of this!

1/5/2010 5:34:47 PM

Can't ride my horse on the ice

1/5/2010 5:34:10 PM

limited turnout in extreme cold

1/5/2010 5:32:47 PM

none of them...knock wood, i am a well-managed hobby farm.

1/5/2010 5:20:15 PM

Severe weather conditiions, strong winds, hard to stay warm while feeding and watering.

1/5/2010 5:16:32 PM

None so far. I water during the afternoon, so the hose doen't freeze. No fun hauling buckets!!

1/5/2010 5:12:37 PM

spreading sand!!

1/5/2010 5:12:01 PM

Patience and lots of time making sure everyone has plenty of water/hay/shelter

1/5/2010 5:08:59 PM

Deciding whether to blanket or not, keeping wind out of barn...

1/5/2010 5:07:41 PM

Not!

1/5/2010 5:04:22 PM

Keeping water available in pasture and stalls.

1/5/2010 5:04:10 PM

I have no outside shelter so with all the wind, I have to keep them in!

1/5/2010 5:01:33 PM

I have no problem to feed and water in -50c with a superinsulated low temp heated water tank

1/5/2010 4:56:41 PM

North Wind

1/5/2010 4:56:16 PM

The hoses freeze so can't fill stock tanks, even when they have automatic warmers in them.

1/5/2010 4:55:04 PM

Just plain worrying about if my horse is warm or not.

1/5/2010 4:53:40 PM

Nothing! I live in sunny AZ it was 70 out this past weekend!! :)

1/5/2010 4:52:42 PM

balancing hay requirements with my horses decreased thirst to avoid colic

1/5/2010 4:48:53 PM

florida feels like the artic and to cold to ride

1/5/2010 4:46:41 PM

Wind chill too severe to leave the horses out for any length of time. I do have an indoor though.

1/5/2010 4:42:51 PM

I use solar waterer's to insure water is ice free!

1/5/2010 4:38:46 PM

Water freesing in the field. Heater fan in the stable by the pump

1/5/2010 4:38:14 PM

strong winds

1/5/2010 4:36:17 PM

Road to icy to get to field. Horses stuck in 24/7

1/5/2010 4:32:23 PM

ice balls in hooves -- ugh

1/5/2010 4:31:25 PM

Totin' buckets

1/5/2010 4:30:53 PM

frozen hoses, frozen buckets, giving extra hay & feed

1/5/2010 4:30:45 PM

Playing the thawing game! Heat lamps on heat lamps off.... praying to the heated auto-waterer gods!

1/5/2010 4:20:28 PM

water freezing

1/5/2010 4:18:45 PM

Making pathways with used sawdust, dirt, etc. so the horses can grip the ground instead of slipping.

1/5/2010 4:16:33 PM

Water hoses/tanks freeze. Feed companies use too much molasses. Lumpy footing.

1/5/2010 4:16:28 PM

blanketing and stalling horses, wrapping/draining pipes, feeding hay in fields

1/5/2010 4:12:24 PM

We live in FL and the water troughs are frozen.

1/5/2010 4:10:59 PM

I'm not coping! I miss my horses!

1/5/2010 4:01:32 PM

bringin hoses into house-chopping ice with ax

1/5/2010 4:00:33 PM

I fill my buckets from a stream we have on our property. We are lucky.

1/5/2010 3:59:41 PM

frozen water tanks, horses play with heaters

1/5/2010 3:58:04 PM

good

1/5/2010 3:57:57 PM

Our barn is shutting off the water completly. We will have to haul water in for the next 3 days.

1/5/2010 3:57:40 PM

Its only icy once in a while and then i throw the manure out on the ice and that works well

1/5/2010 3:56:13 PM

water buckets freezing and breaking

1/5/2010 3:52:56 PM

Having horses in Alaska, this is normal.

1/5/2010 3:52:06 PM

my horses have a had time walking on the frozen ground they are barefoot

1/5/2010 3:51:24 PM

the wet feed freezes before they get it eat

1/5/2010 3:50:22 PM

to cold for most horses to go out

1/5/2010 3:49:08 PM

Researching for different ways water troughs were kept open in history.

1/5/2010 3:47:41 PM

stock ponds frozen over

1/5/2010 3:46:46 PM

Poo is frozen to the ground - how to pick?

1/5/2010 3:46:14 PM

the stall doors keep freezing shut

1/5/2010 3:45:01 PM

No problems. Our horses are used to -40C or F. Extra food, lots of water and a three sided shelter

1/5/2010 3:41:40 PM

So much snow you have to shovel the roof off!

1/5/2010 3:39:57 PM

Icy road conditions getting to and from the boarding barn.

1/5/2010 3:39:18 PM

Everything -30 is to COLD

1/5/2010 3:37:49 PM

knowing when the horse needs a blanket and when he doesnt.

1/5/2010 3:35:57 PM

Ice balls on shoed horses!!!

1/5/2010 3:32:21 PM

Traveling to local indoor arenas

1/5/2010 3:26:36 PM

one day at a time....

1/5/2010 3:26:28 PM

I have been giving warm buckets of water as a supplement

1/5/2010 3:26:16 PM

big paddock with hills are unusable. horses are doubled up in the smaller level paddocks.

1/5/2010 3:23:20 PM

Frozen water- frequent hot water additions

1/5/2010 3:22:49 PM

frozen water buckets; removing ice &/or carrying warm water to barn from house

1/5/2010 3:22:49 PM

muddy paddocks,horses preferring to go in the stalls to toilet

1/5/2010 3:22:36 PM

-12 and no problems

1/5/2010 3:22:04 PM

turn out time decreased due to wind chill factors

1/5/2010 3:21:45 PM

2 geriatric horses that need extra TLC/stalling-more work

1/5/2010 3:21:24 PM

none, i live in florida

1/5/2010 3:19:50 PM

all horses are outside free choice hay, heated water, older ones get moved to shelter.

1/5/2010 3:16:55 PM

my ponies are bored and my fingers and ears are frozen! toes too!

1/5/2010 3:16:08 PM

deep snow with ice. horses afraid to move around much

1/5/2010 3:15:42 PM

Doors are hard to open. Frames shift and bolts won't match with slots. Ice build up in door tracks

1/5/2010 3:11:14 PM

De-icing water tanks, hauling water, monitoring intake

1/5/2010 3:09:56 PM

water tanks frozen over

1/5/2010 3:09:40 PM

It's COLD out there! lol

1/5/2010 3:07:44 PM

keeping horses drinking enough water

1/5/2010 3:07:05 PM

very deep snow

1/5/2010 3:06:15 PM

Carrying buckets of warmed water out to the barn.

1/5/2010 3:06:05 PM

Putting on blankets, checking under them daily. Horses don't like their blankets 'fussed' with.

1/5/2010 3:05:44 PM

training track also frozen

1/5/2010 3:05:34 PM

Staying warm during chore time!

1/5/2010 3:05:26 PM

Frozen water tubs - by using tank heaters

1/5/2010 3:02:33 PM

Pasture water tubs freeze, must open twice a day

1/5/2010 3:02:28 PM

using heating elements in water troughs

1/5/2010 3:02:19 PM

Frozen roads/trails & keeping sr horse warm.

1/5/2010 2:59:57 PM

Vehicles, Bobcats & Tractor Breakdowns

1/5/2010 2:59:45 PM

Keeping water pails clear of ice. I add hot water every 2 hrs to avoid colic later.

1/5/2010 2:58:53 PM

Worst winter since the 80's

1/5/2010 2:57:01 PM

Frozen water buckets

1/5/2010 2:57:00 PM

electricity went out, we connected a generator to water the horses in the barn

1/5/2010 2:54:08 PM

too much ice to get hay to horses... can't drive on ice.

1/5/2010 2:53:20 PM

Perseverance. You do what needs to be done.

1/5/2010 2:53:12 PM

Frozen Pond and Curious Horse

1/5/2010 2:51:16 PM

None as long as we don't get ice. Ice will limit horses to indoor arena for turnout.

1/5/2010 2:50:26 PM

not very well!! horrible weather

1/5/2010 2:45:40 PM

AS I need to monitor fluid intake, I use heated water buckets or hot water top ups.

1/5/2010 2:45:20 PM

difficult to clean stalls, hard to tell wet spots and frozen manure

1/5/2010 2:45:11 PM

The ice that is on the ground on the way to the turnouts can be dangerous

1/5/2010 2:44:31 PM

Door frozen shut.

1/5/2010 2:44:02 PM

considering all that we are having to endure, mostly the horses just hate not having access to pastu

1/5/2010 2:42:36 PM

Heaters in water troughs, horses turned out 24/7 so they don't run on frozen ground.

1/5/2010 2:42:17 PM

Frozen poop on ground

1/5/2010 2:41:02 PM

cold bitter winds and only trees for windbreaks

1/5/2010 2:38:12 PM

Sore hoofs from rough icy paddocks and fields

1/5/2010 2:38:06 PM

I use course lime on the ice

1/5/2010 2:38:04 PM

wind chills make any outside work hard

1/5/2010 2:37:41 PM

frozen water buckets, icy hills up and down to the riding arena, and cold toes!

1/5/2010 2:34:07 PM

3 days of snow,coyotes in pasture,horses wouldn't use run in, one got the shivers, 2 Morgans love it

1/5/2010 2:33:41 PM

Pasture footing - was muddy, now frozen, just a mess...

1/5/2010 2:32:28 PM

Harder to drive to the arena & nobody else there (wimps!)

1/5/2010 2:29:13 PM

frozen water buckets

1/5/2010 2:27:59 PM

Horses staying in the stalls/run-in and the time it is taking to muck.

1/5/2010 2:27:28 PM

I live in Florida where temps went to freezing. I brought out hot water and added mollases.

1/5/2010 2:27:24 PM

slips (self & horse) on driveway & gravel roads I would ride down.

1/5/2010 2:26:25 PM

20-30 degree below wind chills

1/5/2010 2:24:41 PM

no issues - I'm in Phoenix

1/5/2010 2:22:43 PM

Frozen divots in the fields near the gates; plan on putting in drainage and stone dust by the gates

1/5/2010 2:20:17 PM

wind

1/5/2010 2:18:58 PM

ME! My arthritis is screaming!

1/5/2010 2:18:14 PM

It's just too damn cold!

1/5/2010 2:17:13 PM

prayer

1/5/2010 2:09:52 PM

Live in a sub-zero winter climate, this is normal--no problems.

1/5/2010 1:48:35 PM

Heated arena, tank heaters, 24 acre pasture- no problems-single digit temps-lows are below 0.

1/5/2010 1:02:46 PM

Only ride on the road (very quiet rural road)

1/5/2010 12:36:37 PM

Bring the horses into the barn more often

1/5/2010 12:08:08 PM

Not very well! = (

1/5/2010 12:06:23 PM

Heavy wrap on pipes and trying to keep horses to a slow walk in pastures (ha ha).

1/5/2010 12:04:42 PM

Main problem is ensuring ALL horses in herd consume enough supplemental hay.

1/5/2010 11:48:01 AM

Just Do It...

1/5/2010 11:09:55 AM

In Mn we are used to having these temps every year. My biggest issue right now is snow drifts.

1/5/2010 10:15:50 AM

carrying buckets

1/5/2010 8:48:20 AM

keeping my horses drinking. adding salt to their grain

1/5/2010 8:47:37 AM

Wind chills and keeping horses in who would rather be out in the pasture

1/5/2010 8:30:22 AM