I'm not going to win any fashion contests, but whatever works!
When it's this cold, with windchills below zero, the horses have to stay in, since we have no indoor to turn out in and our pastures have no shelters or even windbreaks. So I'm walking the barn aisle with my three horses, and then I walk them again in the afternoon at around feeding time, and also pick stalls. I also make a trip at noon to the barn to check on hay and water. Our barn's unheated, and uninsulated, so the temperatures can get down into the single digits inside - that shouldn't happen today since it usually requires outside air temperatures well below zero for that to happen. The coldest it's gotten inside the barn is 8F one day last winter when the outside air temperatures were -20F with serious wind - I think the wind chill was around -30.
This morning the temperature was 12F inside the barn, and the toll was one failed GFI - we now have a heated bucket on an extension cord until my husband can replace the GFI, one dead water bucket which was replaced, and the frost-free water outlet in the barn aisle is frozen because someone didn't let it drip when it was turned off. He's over there right now trying to thaw it with a hair dryer, and hoping the pipe doesn't burst. The worst thing is that this isn't even my facility, and we pay the same board for our horses as everyone else. I can see a new boarding barn in our future, but then I won't have the same degree of involvement in my horses' care, which isn't for the best. But I really think my husband and I can no longer deal with our substandard facilities and the excessive amount of work they require.
Now our barn aisle isn't long - about 75 feet, I'd guess - or very wide. So the horses and I tromp up (then turn) and down (then turn) for about 10 minutes each. Although the floor is concrete, and hard on feet and legs - theirs and mine - it's better than nothing. I let Maisie and Noble, but not Dawn, do a bit of socializing as we walk. I'm a big believer in movement helping to prevent problems such as colic. So up and down we go - I'm pretty discouraged today, but with luck we'll be able to turn out tomorrow!