Ok, here is our story: Our 6 yr. Old OTTB, Beau, is very quirky. Among his quirks is that certain weather conditions upset or irritate him and he will NOT go outside. Case in point: last night it was raining (as it has for the last week here in PA). They've been stalled MUCH more than I like due to the constant storms and flooding rains. So, knowing our boy doesn't LIKE rain, we figured that since it was only a light rain rather than a drenching downpour, we'd put a rain sheet on him and send him out. Right? WRONG. We put his halter on and led him down to the pasture. He stood there for less than a minute and turned around and walked back to the barn and stood at the door. When we opened it, in he came. He refused to go out.... so we just let him do what we call a "barn walk", where he walks through the barn, nibbles at hay piles we place here and there, stick his head in epona's dutch door and pin his ears at her, and basically sniff at everything....he loves chewing on the lead ropes..... He did this for about an hour, all the while the barn door is open and he was free to go out on pasture at any time.....even when the rain subsided to a mist, he wouldn't go out......When the rain stopped, my son had to trick him.....basically, he had to draw him out using treats. He did then go out to pasture..... but when it started to rain again an hour later....back to the barn door he came. SIGH
And it's not just rain, he refuses to walk on snow. Last winter we had a dry lot that was covered in hay and he was fine with that, but when we opened up the snow covered pasture for them to run in, he wasn't having none of it. He ran out there, and promptly ran back into the hay covered dry lot....he was not foot sore/lame at that time, and his revulsion for the feel of snow on his feet is not understandable. Epona loved it and would run through the snow like a bulldozer. He refused to go out in it, and would run along the fence line seperating the pasture from the dry lot in frustration and whinny at her....
He also hates the sun/flies. Can't tell if it's either or both....but in the summer he will run up to the barn door at noon or thereabouts every day and whinny to be let in. Once he is in and the fan is on, he is as happy as a clam.
So, because of this....he is in more than I would prefer. I am just not understanding WHY he is like this....I see other horses out in the rain all the time and they don't care at all. I also see horses running in the snow...
And flies are a bother to ALL horses.
As for the sun, yea he is a dark gray and he does get hotter than Epona, but still.....at our old barn there was a coal black hairy pony who stayed out in the sun most of the hot summer.....and he didn't flip out.
Any ideas on why our OTTB is so "meteorologically disabled"?