It is that time of year when I am not sure whether I should be putting a rug on Haakon.
- he is a nice weight and should keep that on
- he is 26 years old and can get stiff in the cold
- the weather is not nice now – endless rain and a cold wind chill factor
Reasons not to ruf:
- Haakon stops moving about the field if he has a rug on
- he is a good weight and has plenty of padding to keep him warm. He is not losing weight.
- he tolerates a rug but is never very happy in one
- he is an Icelandic horse – he is designed for this weather
- if he wears a rug, he won’t grow a proper winter coat.
I have asked Haakon what he wants and mostly, this year, as he is so much better health-wise than last year, I am not rugging him. He is not a fan of rugs.
When it is the odd really awful day/night then I give in and put a rug on the old man up but only in a no-fill rain sheet – enough to keep him dry but not enough to stop his internal boiler from working efficiently.
I regularly look at the weather forecast (yes, I am obssessed), I try to think “scientifically” about the pros and cons and then I ask Daisy for her opinion as she is actually understands the biology and gives me a science-based reason.
The others in Haakon’s field don’t get rugged.
Just the oldest man on the block, occasionally. Twice this winter, to date.