As some of you probably know: my mare is 26 (27 in the spring), pastured 24/7, she has shelter, and she grows a winter coat like a wooly mammoth.
Only problem? She hates being rained on and since we reside in rainy Oregon, I've generally blanketed her because, at her age, I want her moving around as much as possible instead of just standing around in one place acting all lethargic because she's "cold".
However, this year her coat came in REALLY early. She has a nearly full, ridiculously thick, winter coat right now even though it's in the 50's/60's during the day but since it's raining, I want to blanket her (lightweight blanket, obviously, no fill), but that ends up with her being soaked with sweat. So I haven't been blanketing her. But, now each day when I go up to see her, her hind legs are a little stocked up and she's stiff because she's not moving around enough. And, on top of that, she's lost weight from being wet and getting cold.
I've been making sure she has plenty of hay to munch if she wants, so she can keep herself warm via digestion but it doesn't seem to be really working since she's still losing weight. On the plus side, she was a little chubby to begin with so the weight loss is currently benificial, but soon she won't be losing extra anymore.
So I guess my options are:
-blanket her anyway
-re-clip her and probably clip more than she is already (her chest was clipped but it's almost thoroughly grown out)
-leave her unblanketed and hope it gets cold before her weight gets too low
What would you do?
I'm probably being super overprotective but she's completely priceless to me, so humor me, if possible, please.