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  • #1 reason not to keep your horses at home

    Those of you with boarded horses, can be secure in the knowledge that your horses are, if not warm, at least dry. Even if they're not, you can delude yourself into believing that they are.

    I, OTOH, can look out the window and peer through the raindrops to see The Princess stubbornly standing at the foot of her pen, braving the wind and cold rain.

    And then I can don boots & raincoat and shiver my way out to her to drag her under cover--only to have her turn and trudge back out into the storm.



    At least she has a blanket on.

    And enough fur to cover 3 yaks.

    But *WHY* does she choose to expose her creaky old bones to the cold & damp, when there's shelter available????
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    Because she's a horse, LOL. Their preference for this is the #1 perversity that drives most loving horse owners to drink, I think.
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    • #3
      Mack will be 23 in another month. He'd rather be outside in the wind, rain, and otherwise inclement weather than in a nice, dry stall.

      Can't be just him, because Casper would rather stand in the pouring rain than be inside, too.

      Conny was the only horse I had who demanded to come in if the weather was less than pleasant. Quite the diva, that one was!
      Homeopathy claims water can cure you since it once held medicine. That's like saying you can get sustenance from an empty plate because it once held food.

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      • #4
        Huh, am I the only one with a coupla hothouse flowers? The delicate little princesses race for their stalls or run in in anything more than a light sprinkle.
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        • #5
          We had a thunderstorm last evening.
          We are this time of the year close to 0F and if we get anything is a blizzard.
          We had hurricane winds and 44." of moisture, the first moisture since last October.

          Guess where my horses were, including the silly 29 year old yak: In front of the barn, not under it out of the rain.
          I went to feed them a little more hay, so they would come in out of the rain and silly old horse picked up a flake and carried it out, in the rain.
          Guess he likes his hay wet.
          The wind was from the North so, even getting wet, the horses were protected from the wind and I guess rain doesn't matter to them.
          Good that horses don't dissolve when wet.

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          • #6
            Mine all stand outside no matter the weather in the winter. Its only the summer heat that willl drive them under cover as a rule. I gave up worrying about it years ago.
            Originally posted by ExJumper
            Sometimes I'm thrown off, sometimes I'm bucked off, sometimes I simply fall off, and sometimes I go down with the ship. All of these are valid ways to part company with your horse.

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              Originally posted by Bluey View Post
              I went to feed them a little more hay, so they would come in out of the rain and silly old horse picked up a flake and carried it out, in the rain.
              TOO funny!!!!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by coloredhorse View Post
                Huh, am I the only one with a coupla hothouse flowers? The delicate little princesses race for their stalls or run in in anything more than a light sprinkle.
                nah... of my three no one likes to go back out after eating if it is raining... Mir will stop and look out he door way of the barn when she doesn't want to go back out... takes the threat of or a good wack on the toosh to get her out the door. Keeping in mind they also have a runin shed in thier pasture. it's not like they are abandoned.
                If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rainechyldes View Post
                  Mine all stand outside no matter the weather in the winter. Its only the summer heat that willl drive them under cover as a rule.
                  That's a Canadian for ya!

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                  • #10
                    Mine do it because they know I can peep out my cozy bedroom window, in my jammies, just before bed...
                    And see their sorry-looking butts standing huddled against the barn.

                    Of course by the time I layer on the barnclothes and hurry to get them in, they have wandered back to their stalls and look at me expectantly like:
                    "As long as you're here you may as well throw us some hay..."
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mayhew View Post
                      That's a Canadian for ya!

                      heh pretty much

                      I guess I'm the same - outside for 3 hours thinking it's quite balmy. - it's only -18 yay!
                      Originally posted by ExJumper
                      Sometimes I'm thrown off, sometimes I'm bucked off, sometimes I simply fall off, and sometimes I go down with the ship. All of these are valid ways to part company with your horse.

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                      • #12
                        I have 7 horses here and every last one of them will run for the pasture shelter if it even sprinkles a bit. It's like a mad rush! I always hear about horses who stand out in the rain ---- how come none of mine ever do? They want their cushy stalls and big shelter.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by coloredhorse View Post
                          Huh, am I the only one with a coupla hothouse flowers? The delicate little princesses race for their stalls or run in in anything more than a light sprinkle.
                          No, my mare loooooooves her shed! Loves it! She'd probably just melt away if she couldn't stand in her shed, dry and toasty.


                          Which made the BO very happy after she built a beautiful, brand new run in for each and every pasture, and no one else would use them At least she could take heart knowing one of the horses appreciated her efforts!

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                          • #14
                            If it is less than 15 degrees or wet or windy, Dumplin' goes in the barn and sticks his head out just far enough to peek around the corner and keep and eye on the kitchen door in case a treat might be walking out the door.
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                            • #15
                              Nah... lol ... my 19 y/o cupcake of a horse won't even stand in a gentle shower to eat his breakfast lol (when he was on paddock rest anyway)... he'd stand in his shelter and stomp his dry feet and look at me like i was crazy for not putting his feed in the shelter with him haha

                              I'm a sucker and I WOULD!! lol he was sooo much happier
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                              • #16
                                My horse sometimes stands in front of the run-in with just his head in, so that the rain pouring down off the roof lands right on him. He's so weird.

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                                • #17
                                  how about lightning!

                                  In a violent summer thunderstorm with lots of lightning? Mine head to the highest hill in the open....turn butts to the wind and stand. They'll run outa the run in at the first crack of lightning. sheeeesh!
                                  Snow? out there
                                  Rain? out there
                                  Windy? Downwind of a building/windblock/trees
                                  Windy and precip? downwind or under the run-in.
                                  Hail? under trees (cedars preferred btw!)
                                  Cold/windy? in a low place in the pasture in the sun

                                  Hey, they've evolved millyuns of years ya know!!!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Risk-Averse Rider View Post
                                    *WHY* does she choose to expose her creaky old bones to the cold & damp, when there's shelter available????
                                    1- She may feel claustrophobic.
                                    2- In absence of ice the cold may make her joints feel better.
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                                    • #19
                                      The majority of our rescues will stand out in the weather rather than under cover. Makes me nuttier than I already am! Not just rain, but wind and our lovely 90-100 degree summers! That includes the donkeys.

                                      The exceptions to this behavior is Honey my 35 yr. QH mare, Dolly, Pepper & Baxter. Baxter will stay under cover if it is the closest point to one of his girlfriends. If I move him to another pen where the closest point to the girls is not under cover, that is where he will stand. I can't put them together as his girls are older and he is such an Arab that he's constantly on the move. He wears the girls out!

                                      All the other rescues, old and not so old, prefer the elements. Sometimes I wonder why we even put covers up when they don't use them and we could have used the $$ for hay!

                                      It does make me feel better knowing the covers are there if they want to use them. They could care less.
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                                      • #20
                                        I was just thinking about this this morning. We had violent storms all night. Still raining steadily this morning. Absolutely drenched, water standing on the ground. Guess where my horses are? Yep, standing outside, pitched into tents against the wind, thoroughly soaked.
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