Back outside

Having been kept indoors the past few icy days – horses can’t walk on hard icy ground – the local horse-community is back outside and naturally well wrapped up in their jackets! After all, it is still cold.

It is always a wonder to me that so many “knowledgable” horse owners seem to think that their horses are different from others; how often do I hear the phrase “…but myhorse…” What makes your horse incapable of being like other horses?
The “comfort zone” for a horse, the temperature range wherein it used little or no extra energy to maintain its body temperature, is from -5˚C to +25˚C. This is applicable to alltypes of horse, be it Haflinger or full-blood Arab. In fact, the poor thin-skinned Arab is possibly even better off than the Haflinger – in the dessert the circadian temperature range is far greater than 30˚.

Take a look at this excellent and well researched article.

Oh dear…!

Having posted the photo yesterday of three horses well wrapped up against the warmth cold I thought no more of the article – until I was confronted by this sight this afternoon: Horse with jacket askew

Just what use this jacket is, I don’t know – it certainly doesn’t do what it is “intended” to do. But even more confusing is that, as we see in the next photo, this horse is accompanied by a second horse without a jacket. (The third horse, not shown in the photos, also had a jacket on – being three, again, I think they are the same horses as in the previous article.

Two horses, one without jacket, one with jacket askew

[linkpost lang=”nl_NL”]Dit artikel in het Nederlands[/linkpost]

Keeping Warm

I got home yesterday afternoon to see two horses in the field next to the house wearing blankets! It was 15˚C… Why on earth anyone should put a blanket on a horse when it is that warm is beyond me. Even Full-blood Arab horses are quite capable of withstanding temperatures well below freezing (it gets pretty cold in the desert at night!) and all horses are equipped with very effective systems for keeping the body warm and for insuring that water (and sweat) is channelled off the body and, if in large quantities, transported to the ground.