Speaking of Lake Wallaby, it started raining HARD again today. The poor old ladies wee both out without blankets so I came home to a couple of shivering drowned rats. Poor dears!
I guess Lacey's trying to "man-up" or something and stay out in the rain past her comfort level, Atti could care less about the rain (obviously, he's a BOY), and with the two of them out, Miss Haze refuses to go down to the shed and keep dry. :(
Luckily, I have towels at the barn so I towel dried Haze, and got her all warmed up and blanketed pretty fast.
Lacey got her blanket too. She was pretty happy about that.
I;ve really been noticing this this winter and I'm not sure if it's a "thing" for all horses or just Lacey...but when she gets sopping wet, she gets REALLY jumpy. Like "climb over the top of you" jumpy. It's when I really have to use my growl-y voice on her.
It's just sort of weird. She's only like that when her whole body is cold and wet. If she gets a dry, warm, blanket on over her wetness, she calms right down and "chills". If only her neck is super wet (like if she's been out wearing a blanket), she's fine too!
Anyway, so she nearly killed me as I was putting her blanket on. I was fussing with the straps that go under her belly, she spooked at something, and jumped into/over me. Luckily all I got was thrown in a "muddy" [wink wink] puddle so it could have been worse.
I know she doesn't mean it at all, something just snaps in her poor brain when she gets really wet and cold.
After that, I just kept growling "HO!" at her and she stood there, shaking, with anxiety about the whole thing. Poor thing, I think she was as scared as I was when she realized she had gotten me under herself. After that I could really see her forcing herself to contain the mental energy. She's such a good horse. And she takes such good care of me, I don't even know how I got so lucky.
We got that blanket on eventually and she calmed right down. Silly weird girl!
In other news, today, in Portland, I was walking to my train and this homeless man comes trotting up to me, yelling "Red! RED!!! REDDDDDDDD!" (strangers always call me "Red" when they don't know my name...that hair of mine! Haha). So I stop and he asks me if I have magical powers because of my hair (not the first time I've been asked that...hhaha!).
I told him that I didn't know about magical powers but that I did have a unicorn waiting for me at home! I showed him a picture of Lacey and he thought it was the best ever.
I could hear him telling everyone behind me about how "Red, over there, has a UNICORN!!!!"
It was really fantastic.
Speaking of unicorns. Here's the dear lady herself. She was super mad that she was was THIS wet and I was taking a picture instead of caring for her poor, probably dying of hypothermia, self.