Normally I don't blanket these two, especially when temps are in the high 40's. However, the rain was just so heavy, there was no way that they would dry out without some help. They certainly had no intention of standing under the trees and out of the rain. Sigh.
This is how much water fell from the sky this morning:
I emptied the water from Hana's feed pan when I fed her, around 8:30. I put in her pelleted feed, which she vacuumed up in about 3 minutes (she doesn't get very much, she's already plush enough!). Two hours later, I took the photo below:
That is a LOT of water, even by Swampland standards!
Fortunately, we have lots of horsey-raingear, especially for days like this. I put a polarfleece cooler on under the waterproof/breathable turnout blanket.
A few hours later, I swapped the wet cooler and blanket for a dry set. As soon as I put the dry gear on her, Fiddle threw herself to the ground for a good roll. What is it about horses that they seem to be allergic to clean blankets? Argh.
Around noon, there was a 3-minute break in the rain and it was almost 50 degrees (!), so I ran down to the pasture to take off the fleece coolers, and gave each horse a dry turnout blanket.
Despite the rain pouring down all morning (and their steadfast refusal to use the sheltering trees), they were dry.
Story's old green blanket is not quite big enough for Fiddle, but it was the only big dry blanket I had left.
I have finally found an excellent use for the greenhouse:
all those shelves are perfect for drying out horse blankets!
Around 4 o'clock, the sun came out and dried up all the rain!
Around here, we say that if you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes!