Thursday, February 5, 2015

Snow Keeps on Coming!

The snowfall this morning was around four inches, and that meant heading outside before coffee to take care of the fences and critters. Merlin seems to prefer this spot close to the house and has refused to go into his pole barn shelter. I guess I can't blame him, I mean, with a winter coat that thick the weather can't be that much of a bother. I like his moxie.


Blogger Sue said...

That poor horse needs some shelter.

February 5, 2015 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Ha! That horse HAS shelter, and is far from poor. He has an entire pole barn to himself which he refuses to go to and chooses to be out in the weather.

A lot of horses don't want to be inside, they are built to handle all weathers. This breed in particular was developed in Northern England and this horse (pictured) lived wild for 4 years without ANY shelter, in Cumbria.

Just because an animal seems to be in a situation us humans would be uncomfortable with does not mean the horse is uncomfortable.

February 5, 2015 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

My herd put on their winter finest last fall only to be disappointed. Here in Utah we've had one of the mildest winters on record. I was out riding yesterday evening in just a t-shirt and jeans.
And as for those beautiful, soft winter coats, they're already starting to shed.

February 5, 2015 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Christine Marble said...

Hi Jenna,
A friend who owns ten horses told me a joke about two horses standing out in the cold and snow. One horse has nothing on; the other horse is wearing three blankets. The first horse asks the second one why he's wearing all the blankets. The second horse responds, "my Mom's cold!"

February 5, 2015 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Maralee Childs said...

Nothing frustrates me more than when I go out in freezing weather and clean the goat barn and lay down expensive bedding nice and thick so the goats can be all warm and comfy for the night and then I go out to check on them before bed and find them all sleeping outside on the ground next to their feeder! What's a girl to do? I've finally made peace with it. They must know best :)

February 5, 2015 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Christine that Joke is great!

February 5, 2015 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Utah gets spring first?! no fair.

February 5, 2015 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I bet you anything a neighbor will walk by think "Those poor goats have to sleep on the cold snow!? Egads! Abuse!"

February 5, 2015 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Jamie J said...

Needs shelter? Who builds shelters for the wild ponies on the coast or the mustang out west? My old Quarter horse refused to go in a stall for the first few years we had her. She had never been stalled and it took massive pulling, pushing and buckets of grain to force her in the stall- because MY mom was cold. And the spoiled Thoroughbred we have now usually stands in her favorite corner- in the open field away from barn and roof overhang. They aren't dumb, they'll go in when they need/want to.

February 5, 2015 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Ally said...

My gelding prefers standing outside while my mare will go into the oversized run-in during a storm. They choose where they are comfortable, and are much happier with a run-in then they were with large box stalls.

February 6, 2015 at 2:28 PM  

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