Pulling into the barn (this was about a few weeks ago), out in the distance, there are two frolicking horses. Laz is one of them. I always let out a sigh of happiness to see him romping around happy with so much room to play.
Look, my horse is the naked unloved one! lol
My Husband always questions "Why wouldn't you just blanket him?? Isn't he cold??" until he touches him and feels how HOT he is.
I'm not anti blankets.
But Laz isn't clipped, has a thick fur coat and is at a great body weight, so I'm testing out leaving him BE.
So far, he's been only winter blanketed once.
Just like a stack of pancakes that are powder sugar dusted..YUMMY PONEE!
I'll eat you!
He loved this little blizzard (which lasted all of an hour)
I like the snow to help keep his hooves cool and iced 24/7
OTTB channeling a wild Mustang
I think this Florida bred baby likes our Michigan weather
I did bring Laz in, toweled off the blanket of wet snow and seriously contemplated blanketing him.
But he was SO warm/hot that I thought it would almost be a disservice because then he can't self regulate his own body temps.
I have to remind myself ALL.THE.TIME; he has great shelter, a great natural fur coat, plenty of hay...he is OK.
Once I was done drying him, I put him in the stall so he could walk out, and he decided to coat himself some more.
A good roll in soft shavings
"Now I's dry!"
Yesterday, it was about 15 degrees with the wind chill stating it was close to 0.
I was slightly concerned (I'm getting better) and thought to check to see if Laz was warm enough, and thinking I may blanket him with his winter rug.
Well...he was SO warm. Like ear tip to tail-WARM. Like HOT, like bury my bare hands and feel the tingly burn of a toasty fat horse's heat. Ahhh
So, I left him (gasp) NAKED!
Do I doubt myself?
Yes, all the time.
I keep the blankets at the barn, and question myself, but I try try try to trust he has what he needs: hay, shelter, good body weight, thick fur coat unclipped.
As you can see...this is Laz during his mid morning nap, after he gulped down his BP slurpee mix
ZZzzz, a couple of soft "mmmmmm" and licking and chewing, with slight head drooping.
If I could, I would bundle this sleepy babe in a blanket and snuggle him UP on my couch.
Look at those half mast eyes!
Mmmm, sweet horse's breath indeed
Enjoy your nap fat boy!