It’s Winter time in North Idaho at PEND OREILLE FARMS !!

By Dawn • November 28th, 2010

Winter came in hard and early this year !  We received an Artic Blast the week of Thanksgiving bringing temperatures down to 20+ below zero with the windchills.  Luckily the subzero temps have risen a bit just in time to Usher in a foot of new snow for our first 2011 experience.  In the winter time, the question I am asked most is…..What does your Zebra do in the winter, doesnt he get cold ?    Yes he does, he definetly needs some extra care during the cold, just as any animal.   He actually fairs quite well, often better then some of the older horse and he loves to stand out in any kind of rain, when snow falls he is looking for cover.  Gilbert can go out in his pasture, he can go under cover or further into his inside stall.  His stall is fashioned with a couple heat lamps that he likes to bathe in, he prefers some extra grain, twice a day to add a little heat.  He grows a longer, thicker hair in the winter except on his legs which dont seem to get the full effect like a horses leg does with the big feather hairs.  His outer run is covered with wind blocking plastic and once it is warm enough for him, he will personally remove it to let me know he is warm enough.  Gilbert has done fine with this setup as low as -30 below outside with chilling winds, at that point we will start up a heater near his stall if he appears that he would like one !  Gilbert does not like to go into the snow, he will stay in his covered run and his 30′x15′ stall even with the gate to his pasture wide open !  I am sure he will venture out some day !

 

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