The hood is lost. I wouldn't worry about it. I would be concerned with the hair loss on the horse. I'd also suggest the owner purchase a hood and blanket for this horse. If it's that cold. As they get older they can't always maintain their body heat.
Have you ever seen the owner put a blanket or hood on the horse before? Personally, I don't blanket horses. If I walked into the barn and seen that some one had put a blanket or sleezy (sp?) on my horse, I would freak out!
I don't want to sound bad, but unless I know or trust the people that own horses around me I would expect them to leave me alone unless there is an emergancy. The Barn Owners should be the only ones messing with your horse unless you have authorized another individual to do so.
I am sorry to sound bad, but I have had bad luck on something like this before. How would you feel if the blanket you put on and the sleeze cause the horse to have an accident, or an accident occured while you put on the blanket and etc..? Then I would feel that me being the owner of the horse would have to ask you to pay for the vet bill because you did something that you was not supposed to do.
If you truely have any problems, then you need to contact the barn owner and let them handle it.
Well I do agree with appylover just because I have been thier on the horse owner shoes sort of my horse went down on the ice and couldnt get up on his own lord know how long he was laying there but when my BO found him she put him in and put a blanket on him granted he didnt destroy it shockingly cause he destroys every blanket that I put on him but I was very greatful for her doing such so bring it up in convo worse comes to worse your out a sleezy that can be replaced maybe she will get conerned and do something for her little hairded horse herself anyways good luck
well I do agree with appylover just because I have been thier on the horse owner shoes sort of my horse went down on the ice and couldnt get up on his own lord know how long he was laying there but when my BO found him she put him in and put a blanket on him granted he didnt destroy it shockingly cause he destroys every blanket that I put on him but I was very greatful for her doing
Different circumstance. Your situation was an extreme one.
I've been in barns that blanket when the temps dip below 60 degrees, and other barns that don't blanket until the snow falls. Within each barn, there is some variation depending on the type of horse (my arab NEVER wanted a blanket; my OTTB ALWAYS wants one) and the type of owner (my horse is a horse vs my horse is my baby). As a barn owner, you probably know the owner fairly well, and the horse fairly well. Would it have been possible to call the owner and ask about blanketing? Does this owner NEVER blanket? In this particular case, I think you took action and have to take responsibility for the action (i.e., the loss), but going forward, you might want to post general temp/blanketing guidelines and chat with the owners about their blanketing plans. If they start depending on you to blanket, then you're going to be stuck doing it daily. The owner may -- at some point -- make this up to you. It might just take him/her a little while to figure out the right thing to do.
You're a good barn owner. The good karma will flow your way.
Not that anyone mentioned this, but I'll put it out there for further use...
A slinky will actually make the horse COLDER. So you were trying to do a good thing and if a PERSON was standing out there, then yes--a piece of clothing may make you feel better. But horses are not people. Their hair sticks out and traps the heat between hair and body--when you flatten it--ESPECIALLY with something as thin as a slinky--all you are doing is allowing the air to hit their body faster.
It may make YOU feel better, but certainly not the horse. ;)