As I sit here in my toasty house, it's a balmy -27C (-16F for you holdouts in the states). Windchill is -40C (-41F). Of course that's measured up at the airport, not down where my kids and I are, where it's probably a good 10C colder. It wasn't so a couple days ago, and this is the wonder of living in Alberta... by next Saturday, 13C. As you can imagine, this tends to cause some issues in one's horse keeping! My little Mo is clipped and lives outside. She's a tough old girl, but she's also wearing about 1000g of blankets on her body and 200g on her neck. And of course a good shelter and a heated waterer. Snug as a bug in a rug. Do I have to say she has the day off?! And a big bowl of alfalfa cubes by her water.
Mr Havoc now lives inside and is not clipped. He's not even setting foot outside. He'll be contentedly munching his hay, having a nice roll and runabout in the arena, and munching his hay! Because it's obviously above zero in the barn and significantly below zero outside, we worry a lot about colic. We tend to get some extreme temperature fluctuations, they are hard enough on humans, but our poor horses can't necessarily adapt that quickly. So, they stay inside where it's warm.
Outside horses stay out, inside horses stay in. Luckily my baby boy is quite content to stay in and doesn't get stir crazy. I'll bundle up and go check everyone again today. I know the staff at the barn are on top of it and check all of the horses and their waterers outside, and let the boy have a run, but, I'm me :)
Stay warm out there...