Horse threw a monkey wrench in my blanketing plan
Since my TB grows a nice, thick, fuzzy winter coat, and I'm 40 minutes from the barn, I decided to try going blanket-less this year. He's outside 24/7 and has a shed and buddy to keep warm, so it's been working well. Even on the coldest nights, he has been fine.
Naturally, since he's a horse, he found a way to make this a problem. In the winter they put round bales in the paddocks. On Monday it rained, poured and rained again. I get up there midday and find him standing out in the rain, soaked to the skin, with his piggy face in the round bale. Normally he hates rain and would take shelter, but hay apparently trumps being dry. It took me 2 hours to get him completely dry. Now it's back to blankets. Why do they always find a way to sabotage us??
I am not understanding the problem. The hay is keeping him warm. If he was cold enough he would be in the run in.
Problem is soaking wet horse in winter. Coat must be dry to fluff properly to keep horse warm. It can't do that if it's soaking wet. Horse is such a piggy, he chooses to stand in the pouring rain and eat over staying dry and warm.
He will be fine, trust me. I put hay in my shed when it's nasty outside and they will still sit out in icy rain and eat the dang round bale. They *might* eat some of the hay in the shed, but not really. My old horses were the same way. If he started to lose weight I would blanket him, but I really wouldn't worry about it until then. :-)
If it is raining I put all of Ahab's hay in covered overhang in front of his stall; it is basically a 122x12 stall with an entirely open front... he takes a mouthful of hay, walks out into the rain, munches it down in a thoughtful sort of manner, and then walks back for another mouthful. Horses:-(
Same here. My boy will stand out in the rain with his head propped on the round bale like a pillow... snoozing....just because.
Doesn't matter how cold it is, and we get really cold here over night. I keep an eye on him to see if I can see other indicators of him needing his blanket, but he is ok.
It just rattles my brain a little bit since it's been so raw, wet and cold here all season and he's so far away. It's not like I can just drive over and check on him. I'm pushing things enough just letting a Thoroughbred go without a blanket. It's amazing he's actually gaining weight.
If you are concerned about the horse getting too wet lunge him for a few minutes. He will generate more heat which will help dry his coat. You are going to have to be mindful of weather reports. If freezing rain is predicted I'd be tempted to put on a waterproof breathable sheet on him until the weather settles.
When it rains, Mudpie stays under his shelter. He is fed under it, and will not venture out for anything – not food, and barely for water. My silly potato is silly.
Mudpie hardly grows any coat, so he always wears a medium weight blanket. :)
He's funny that way. :) Some horses like shelter, some don't, but I believe that blanketing is a good thing.
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