When Does Your Horse Get Cold? Presented by Kentucky Performance Products
At what temperature does your horse start to get cold?
Horses will start feeling cold below certain critical temperatures. For a clipped horse, or one with a summer coat, the average critical temperature is 40°F. For horses with a thick winter coat, the critical temperature can be as low as 18°F.
Once a horse’s coat becomes wet, the critical temperature will increase by anywhere from 10°F to 15°F. For example, a dry horse will stay warm until the temperature goes below 18°F, while a wet horse will begin to get cold at 33°F.
When monitoring the outside temperature, always consider the effects of wind chill and use that as your lowest temperature. Remember, smaller horses, seniors, horses in a new environment, or underweight individuals, may be more sensitive to the cold than a big stout horse.
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