My pony turns into a monster when it's cold, any advice?
I know this time of year some horses get cranky, but I think my pony takes the cake. He hates winter, I don't blame him, but he seems to take things to an extreme. He can be aggresive in his stall any time, comes from being a rescue and being protective of his food, so that I am used to. As soon as the temps hit below 30, he goes from bad to worse, he will charge the front of his stall when you walk by, kicks the wall repeatedly for no reason and if you try to go in his stall, he will turn and try to kick you. I thought maybe he was just cold when this started last winter (last winter was my first winter with him) so now he is blanketed when it is below 30, despite his furry coat, doesn't seem to make a difference. When I brush him this time of year he will strike on the cross ties and try to kick at me, so now we compromise and do a quick soft brush before a ride and then a full brushing after, he is much better after he goes out and does something, but with the temps in the single digits like this week, there wont be any riding. I should also note he was given a clean bill of health by our vet this fall so there are no physical reasons for his behavior, she said it is most likely just a pony attitude when it is cold. Does anyone else have a horse or pony that hates winter? Any advice on anything else I can do or just leave him alone when it is this cold (other than cleaning his stall and fixing his blankets)??