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post #1 of 18 Old 10-16-2009, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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My horse HATES the rain.

Kind of a vent, but mostly trying to see if anyone else out there has the same "problem."

Ricci is a 17 year old Paint mare, and she hates the rain. Seriously hates it. She will not go out in the rain, period. She will stand in her walk-in stall and look out depressingly at all the grass she "can't" eat because she'll get wet. People think I coddle her too much, and maybe I do, because she won't starve just to stay out of the rain. But as soon as it starts raining in the fall, she gets her blanket during the day and she comes in at night. I find when she's blanketed, she's much more willing to go outside and graze. Once, I let her outside without a blanket on because I thought it would be fine. Then all of a sudden, it starts pouring down rain, so I rush back to barn to find her "stranded" in the lean-to in the back pasture, and she screamed and screamed at me. I walked all the way out there with her blanket and put it her on her. She looked at me as I was buckling it up like, "I can't believe you didn't put my blanket on, how dare you do this to me!" and it was hilarious. And of course, once she was blanketed, she walked out of the lean to and grazed.

It's just so silly, lol.

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-16-2009, 03:46 PM
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I am sorry but I find that really funny! I don't know how serious a matter this is for you but it is funny. Your horse certainly has a big personality - what a NANA!

Actually my horse is not that different. Phoenix doesn't like the rain either. Unlike your horse mine doesn't have the luxury of any shelter other than her cover. But she can be a real pain in the ass, we have these ongoing dramas when it comes to her cover. She does'nt like wearing her rug if it is nice weather but she won't believe me when I tell her that it is only fine AT THE MOMENT! She will let me put her cover on but it is under sufferance! Honestly, how can I explain the level of dissatisfaction my horse shows when I put her cover on when she does'nt think I should. She pulls faces, and patronizes me.

On the other hand if it starts to rain and she isn't wearing her cover - end of the world! One particular day about 3 months ago I was working in my workshop, it was a nice morning and I had taken Phoenix cover off and turned her out in the big paddock beside our house. This paddock is about 2.5 acres in size and when I last noticed Phoenix she was up in the very furtherest corner. So anyway, I am working away in the shed, the radio is blaring, my grinder is going, next thing you know I hear this SCREAMING! I look outside and there is the lightest misty drizzle but there is Phoenix Leaning over the fence, eyeballing and yelling at me to get my attention. As soon as it started to rain she must have bolted down the paddock and the looks I got when I raced out there to cover her, honestly she looked so hurt that I had let her get faintly damp! The funniest thing though was how she helped get into her cover, she practically walked under it and then turned so I could clip it up.

I have not ridden Phoenix in the rain yet but it will be fun when it finally happens, she will no doubt act as though she is being beaten LOL! But what am I going to do? I just love her.
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post #3 of 18 Old 10-16-2009, 04:46 PM
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ive never heard of that!! haha once when it started POURING rain i decided i would go out and bring my horse in and put his rain sheet on, well, he would NOT let me catch him!! he usually comes runnning when i go to see him, but he came to me and when i started to put th halter on he ran away and galloped around in the rain. It was a pretty funny picture, i was standing in the middle of the paddock in the pouring rain while my horse galloped around me happily. i guess i had the opposite problem as you guys!

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post #4 of 18 Old 10-16-2009, 04:54 PM
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I have to agree with some of the above, I have never heard of a horse doing that :) and it's pretty funny.

I've always had horses that love the rain unless it pours for a few days. They had a run in and would play outside running and rolling in the mud instead. I had odd horses tho. Two of them play fought on their knees in the rain one day. They didn't slip, they just went down on their knees like they were going to roll and went from there.

I really have no idea what to say about your situation....I guess it wouldn't be that different from dogs with phobias of storms..
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post #5 of 18 Old 10-16-2009, 05:39 PM
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My horse isnt that bad about it i guess, he will stand out and graze with the herd but goodness forbid if i am at a show and it starts to rain, thats it - days over he is not going to show and if he is in the ring he is going to roll! Now i have learned to get on him if i can tell he is going to roll but the first time he did it was at my very first horse show and i was ground driving him as a part of my class and when he laid down and rolled the 20' lines got all tangled in his legs, it was awful. So im sorry its that bad for you. I don know of a horse that is spaztic about bugs, if it is too buggy she will refuse to move, nothing will get her to move. Bugs are a hard thing to prevent lol
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post #6 of 18 Old 10-16-2009, 06:43 PM
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I guess Phoenix has an excuse for not liking the rain, we live in a region of NZ that is coastal and has a sodding great mountain in the centre of it. We get A LOT of rain. At the moment we are experiencing our 'spring' weather and it has been raining now for nearly three straight weeks (I can count on one hand the number of fine days). So I can't blame poor Phoenny for wanting to be dry when ever possible.
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Zeus loves the rain and loves being ridden in the rain.
Unless it's like a torrential down pour he thinks it's a blast!

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Then all of a sudden, it starts pouring down rain, so I rush back to barn to find her "stranded" in the lean-to in the back pasture, and she screamed and screamed at me. I walked all the way out there with her blanket and put it her on her. She looked at me as I was buckling it up like, "I can't believe you didn't put my blanket on, how dare you do this to me!" and it was hilarious. And of course, once she was blanketed, she walked out of the lean to and grazed.
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-17-2009, 08:05 AM
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My horses don't seem to notice the rain, they either just stand there or continue grazing and socializing. But, ofcourse, theres always one time that they actually enjoy the rain and mud; a day or so after i wash them. I think Smarty get sadisfaction out of the look on me face when i see him the day after being washed and then a roll in the mud. His palomino coat brownish, neck and face sploched with mud and his mane completly mattered; oh yeah, he totally smiks in a horsey way at my reaction (standing there moaning at how dirty he could get).

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post #10 of 18 Old 10-17-2009, 09:31 AM
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Weather Horses

Our horses seem to be abe to predict how hard a rain we will get.

Sometimes it will start to rain and they'll continue grazing and minding their own business. That means it will be a gentle rain.

Other times, they will all run into the various run-in shed. They seem to know when it is going to pour and a big storm is coming.

My horses seem to be better predictors than the TV weatherman.
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