I didn't get to ride at all this weekend. We had really nasty wind and snow all three days. A pretty big storm for us New Mexicans. Highs of 36 deg on a few days. Yuck. On top of that I had my first trial (mock trial) on Saturday and I was in the courthouse from 8 to 3. It was a really big project and it was in front of a real judge! It was so stressful that I was wiped out... so even if the weather was nice I was to tired to ride.
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon trimming the horses hoofies. I did Gus first and then Roux. After that I needed to get back home so no riding but I am glad I took the time for the trims they were overdue, especially Gus.
Because of all the snow which promptly melted (High of 48 yesterday) we had MUD. Which means my lovely paints were brown brown brown. And then Gus who is mostly white was nasty gross yellow after I got him brushed out and cleaned up.
The photo below is what happened after I let Gus loose in the pasture after I had brushed him clean. What a brat! Notice my horse is being the good horse, just munching his grass haha!
As far as blanketing goes. I don't ever blanket but I am in NM and we get mostly mild winters. The snow storm we got this weekend was way out of character for us. I agree that besides not allowing the horses to fluff it also comprimises their natural ability to regulate their own body temp. I would rather have them super fluffy in case we do get a nasty storm. A few years ago we got a really bad snow. Roads closed, power went out gas shortages etc. I had two TBs at that time (obviously thin coated) and they were fine, I even watched them break their own ice in their water buckets lol. All that being said dry cold is ok when you get wet cold ie rain that is a different story and it is much easier for them to get too cold. Thankfully I live in the dessert and we don't usually get much moisture. They seam to learn to take care of the themselves if I don't get in the way and baby them too much, which is sooo hard.
Today after class me and a friend are going riding! Yay!!