“Horses respond in two ways to cold: acutely (immediately) and chronically (adaptive or acclimatization).” – Dr. Nadia Cymbaluk/Carberry Manitoba
With colder temperatures comes a shift in care. I don’t play with my girls in the winter, but being in the region we are, there are days of heavy snow followed by a fast south wind that literally raises the temperature up over zero.
This is normal:
(I’ve been told by a reliable source that these aren’t Chinooks.) Either way, I now and then have wet outdoor horses that need some care getting them dry before the north wind fights back and chills them off.
Feeding can also be a challenge. Horses are called feed burners for a reason – to warm a cold horse, feed it.
To help with these situations, I found a few useful articles: