As for all these hearty and fearless horses that prefer to be out during blizzards, mudslides, dust storms, ice storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.....congratulations.
MY Beau, however, hates the rain. AND ice. Rain makes him itchy and attracks flies to him afterwards, and he doesn't like the feel of ice or deep snow....
When it is raining, when I open the barn door for him to go out, he will stand there and stare outside for a few minutes, then turn around and go for a walk through the barn. sometimes we even have to put on his halter and LEAD him into his paddock, even though it is attached to the barn....he's still got indoor horse tendencies. I expect this is from his time as a racehorse. Sometimes even at night when they are left out, he will stand at the barn door and wait to come in and even sometimes PUSH his way in. It is not out of fear, he is an extreme alpha...not in the least spooky. It's not turnout itself he hates, it's rain, wind and ice. On sunny, dry days he's out the door like a flash......
we do self care at a private residence, so we can bring our horses in or leave them out whenever we choose. We do NOT leave them out during blizzards nor do we leave them out in the blistering sun on a hot and humid day and since our horses live at a high altitude, on top of a mountain, I bring them in for severe storms/hail ...ain't about to act like a fool and lose one of our horses to lightning..... Others in our area do, and have had horses killed by lightning. That's up to them, and I don't really give a hoot what they think of us.
Do what you want, and make no apologies to anyone. It isn't necessary.
Last edited by Beauseant; 05-28-2011 at 12:54 AM.