Or Just Some Wet Sloppy Mess
Now the worry comes. This next storm may be sleet, may be rain, may be snow, or may be a combination of all three. The big fear, as far as I am concerned, is ice. Even if the Boys were all decked out in full snow shoes--Scott has not been here yet--or simply barefoot, ice is dangerous. I am going to have to carefully monitor the situation in case I have to keep the Boys in for safety.
I have to laugh a bit at all of this. I keep thinking about mothers sending their children off to school on a cold morning. They have to make sure the little ones have the right coat, hat, mittens, and boots to ward off whatever weather is going to strike. The standard cliche moment is the little boy bundled up in his snowsuit who suddenly decides he need to use the bathroom after the long struggle to get him dressed "just right" for the winter. Or, better yet, if you know the film "A Christmas Story," the little kid so zipped into his snowsuit that he can hardly walk, let alone get up after tumbling in the snow.
Fortunately, our horses give us a little more leeway, Snowpants are generally out, but the many variations of blankets and hoods certainly do make things entertaining. "I put my horse out in his heavy turnout today," says a friend. And then you, as a fellow caring horse owner, start to worry that perhaps the midweight turnout your equines are sporting is perhaps not quite warm enough.
Luckily, today, the options for horse clothing is amazing. "Water resistant," "waterproof," "ripstop," "ballistic nylon," "freedom fit shoulders," "stable blankets," "turnouts," fleece liners, storm flaps, hoods, and all kinds of strap configurations offer a wide range of choices. Lightweight, midweight, heavyweight, "breathable," lined and unlined come to mind in the long list of options.
And then there are the colors! Gone are the simple drab choices limiting you to blue, green, red, or black. Lavender? Pink? Purple? Floral? Plaid? Stripes? Geometric pattern? Not only will your horse be comfy, warm and dry, but now he/she will be stylish as well.
There seems to be a trend among small dog owners to deck their little pooches out in all kinds of fashions. Maybe the equine manufacturers have been missing an opportunity here--fashion foward outfits for horses!
Wonder how Tucker would look in a sailor suit?
(The winter is clearly affecting my mind......*lol*)