Mitch is outside 24/7, he's a 7yo thoroughbred that is used to having stables/sheds (which we don't have), and his winter coat is near non-existent. He would have shelter by trees but due to them falling over lately I decided it's safer for him to be away from them.
My problem is, that while his body is warm (he has a polar fleece and a very warm zilco defender) his neck and head are most definitely not, so he shivers even though his body is warm, which means he loses weight trying to get himself warm.. And he's hard enough to put weight on as it is.
I saw these a few nights ago Snuggy Jamsİ - hood and rug set - Happy Horsewear and wondered about it, but I know that obviously polar fleece isn't waterproof, so could I make a waterproof one(without the entire body) that still covers his ears? Or could that be bad in any way? I'm pretty good on sewing machines, and mum suggested an oilskin hood or something similar. (I googled them but can't find what I'm looking for)
Or are there other ways I could keep him more comfortable without a shed etc? Apart from hay because that does nothing for his ears.
If I go into the paddock in my heavy polar fleece thing he thrusts his head into my arms until he stops shivering, which is ironically when his ears are warm and dry, but I can't be his permanent head warmer He won't even eat his feed, he would rather thrust his head into me and be warm.
Also, like humans, can horses get colds from the weather?
-The main reason I'm really concerned is because I did see hail going into his ears this morning and I'm guessing that's probably not a good thing. He was tossing his head a lot as in "Ow that hurts" which of course it would, it was coming down hard, heavy and fast.