Sunday's weather was much improved- sunny and clear. After we picked up some hay and supplement, I brought out My Boy. His muddy wet hair was mostly dry. It looked like someone had given him a wave treatment! He was in need of a good currying. I had my work cut out for me! He seemed to enjoy the long grooming session.
I was going to put his rain sheet on now that he's grown in most of his winter coat, but opted to wait another week. I also have a waterproof winter turnout, but I save that for the really cold weather. I have mixed feelings about blanketing horses. I know my horse grows enough of a fuzzy coat to keep himself warm in our relatively mild climate. Believe me, my horse looks like a yak in the winter! However, blankets can flatten the hair, actually working against the horse's natural ability to trap heat in their coat. My Boy has shelter. I know he sleeps in there at night because he has shavings in his tail. But during the day, he mostly stands out in the rain or under the wimpy trees in his pasture, which offer little protection.
My Boy was a bit tender on his recently trimmed toes. I lightly longed him out. He was mellow and held to a tentative jog, which was good because the arena was still very wet and slippery in spots.
You know, I almost think someone swapped out my horse this fall! Last year, he would snort and buck and prance all around the arena during our weekend workouts. I am thinking it was because he was on alfalfa hay at the time, getting little exercise during the week, and therefore he had a lot of extra energy to burn on the weekends. At least I hope that's the reason. The good thing about seeing spunkiness in your horse is knowing he feels good!
My Favorite view!After I unhaltered My Boy at the gate, I gave him some hugs and loves.
Where are you going, Pony Girl? Don't leave! Isn't it feeding time?
See you next weekend, my silly velvety muzzle!