I'm on the coast of Virginia. It doesn't get terribly cold here, but last week, during the 'Polar Vortex', we had 2 very cold (for us) nights...temps dipping down into the teens. One night, to make matters worse, it was windy, so with the wind-chill, it was cool.
I board my horse at an equestrian center that is adjacent to a well-traveled road. She is a 12 y.o. Belgian mare--very healthy, very good weight, very nice, thick winter coat. She lives out 24/7 with another mare that she gets along with well. I did have her blanketed that night with a mid-weight blanket.
The other night, I had just finished giving a warm mash, throwing extra hay, checking water & tucking her in. A woman pulled up & got out of the car & asked if the horses were staying out all night. I said "yes". She said "I am really concerned because it was really cold last night and these horses have no where to go to get out of the cold." I pointed to the huge run-in shed in the pasture & explained they have the option of going in if they want. She went on & on about how cold it was and how she didn't think it was OK that they were out. I said "They have blankets on and very thick fur. These horses are fine. They are used to being out all the time." She was looking down her nose at me and mumbled something about having animal control have their say, got in her car and left.
I did let my trainer know about the encounter in case it turned into anything, but it didn't.
I know the news was urging people to bring their pets in during the cold snap and I realize she must've been concerned, but I felt like she was indirectly telling me I was neglecting my horse. She had no clue what the situation is...that I love my horse more than most anything else---that I am out there everyday caring for her...that I rescued her from a abandonment situation, not knowing if I'd ever even ride...
Guess I'm just venting. It just irritated the mess out of me.