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Foaling in snow country

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Cjskip
Breeding Stock
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 908
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 03:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How do you prepare for foaling in snow country? Mine are not due until next March, but I've never had this situation to deal with before and want to prepare. We cannot afford to build a lovely barn with heated box stalls. I know they have to be protected, of course. Any information would be appreciated.

In addition, what do people do about the mares being in snow before they foal? Do they ever get frost bite?
 

Cathy
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Username: Cathy

Post Number: 342
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Saturday, June 06, 2009 - 01:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm in your exact situation. That is why I foal in very late April-May.
 

Joanne Thronberg
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Username: Jojocountry

Post Number: 23
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Saturday, June 06, 2009 - 06:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare is 326 days and ready to foal now....and it is snowing heavy today....thought for sure June would be a safe bet...lol
 

Cjskip
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Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 909
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 12:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I hear that Cathy!

Joanne, how is your mare doing? Yes, I would think that one would feel safe in June! LOL

Unfortunately, our income has suddenly been decreased by half. When I first had my mares bred, we could afford to build a pretty nice structure for them and the babies. Now, we are a little frantic, trying to figure out what to do.

I could, of course, board them if I had to, but I prefer to have them with us. So was looking for some ideas and info., since being in snow country with horses is new to me. So appreciate any comments.

Where can I buy very warm foal blankets?
 

Joanne Thronberg
Weanling
Username: Jojocountry

Post Number: 30
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 02:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

she waited till monday night to foal ...weather was much nicer...we are in the middle of building a slab wall barn 16 x 36 (3 stalls) ..will cost about 4,000 when all is done..just had rafters and some boards done when it started snowing this weekend so we put a tarp over the rafters and down 2 sides so she was dry and out of the wind.
 

Cjskip
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Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 919
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 03:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looks like it would work in a pinch.

$4,000 sounds very reasonable. I thought something like what you are building would be closer to $10,000.

Anyway, glad it all worked out.

I'm going to go on a general web search and see if I can find info. on horses in general, tolerating snow.



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