When I bring the ponies in for the night I quite often stand and watch them eat for a few minutes – just enjoying the peace and the sound of the munching. It turns out that it’s actually a very valuable stable management tool.
I was watching them on the evening of Boxing Day and realised Cookster didn’t look quite right – a little tucked up and shivery. It had been cold and drizzly for most of the afternoon and Cookster is not always sensible about seeking shelter. He was eating okay though and seemed fine in himself so I dried him off as well as I could and tucked him up in bed in pyjamas.
He was very quickly himself again but the next morning I sent him out with a thin waterproof rug on – he’s barely clipped so I didn’t want him too warm, just kept dry because apparently he can’t look after himself.
Now of course I have the extra dilemma every day of wondering whether he should still be wearing it or not. If it’s just cold and not wet then he doesn’t really need it but can I guarantee no rain? Thankfully, as it is just a thin rug the risk of over rugging is pretty slim at the moment and he has certainly shown no signs of being too hot. It’s a bit of a different experience for him though – he didn’t roll in the field for two days, although he was quite happy to lie down in the stable!