Monday, 5 July 2021

Do we need our coats?

 

I have to share this photo of Tilly as she looks rather forlorn waiting for me to put my shoes on to go for our walk.. There was every chance we could get caught in the rain as there was a weather warning in place with heavy rain forecast from late morning and throughout the afternoon. It was so warm and muggy but I didn't need my coat and Tilly didn't need her new coat on as we were only going to see the horse. I must admit I get a tad upset as horse seems to wear that coat or is it a blanket whatever the weather and I could see how dirty the water is in that bath :(


In the distance I could see there were two white horses in the field at the end of the lane so we took a stroll to take a few photos.


As you can see the lane has a locked gate across it which leads to a private property but as I was taking my photos a couple walked past me, said a cheery good morning and went through a kissing gate which I didn't know was there.  I watched as they walked along another path and I would have followed but it had just started to spit with rain and I could leave that walk for another day.

Trying to hurry us along to get home before the rain came down heavier which is not easy with plenty of good sniffs along the way for Tilly I spotted another public footpath.

  

We didn't get too wet before arriving home but the promised rain did come with a vengeance in the afternoon. So now Tilly and I can go exploring another day when there's no likelihood of rain.


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  1. You never know what the weather's going to do at the moment. I've just stripped my bed and I've got the washing machine on but it suddenly looks like rain now, grrrr. We have stables near us too, it's nice to walk past and say hello to the horses.

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    1. I do love to go and see horses but the one in the red blanket seems so lonely and I do feel sorry for him. The weather is so unpredictable and we've been soaked to the skin with a sudden heavy downpour a week or so ago and I went and bought a rain jacket for Tilly but it has a fleece lining so not ideal really.

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  2. Good to explore and find new adventures for the future. Hope you didn't get too wet & is there anybody who could find out a bit about the horse and if it is looked after properly. Our weather is unpredictable at the moment & we've only had one nice sunny day in about 3 months. I actually got to pat my 2 lovely donkeys & give them an apple today. I adore donkeys. Take care, stay safe & hugs.

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    1. It'll be nice to see where the footpaths lead and a nice change of scenery. I'm sure the horse is OK he just looks so sad and lonely, I've seen him being ridden so he does get to leave his field. Donkeys are such lovely animals aren't they, I love to see them too.

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  3. We've had an up and down rainy weekend, one for staying home. I love when you find new places to walk.

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    1. It's not worth venturing far when the weather warnings are in place so it's better to just stay home. I'm looking forward to seeing where the footpaths lead.

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  4. I find summer rain to be a bit of a pain. The downpours can be heavy but it's often much too warm to wear a waterproof. X

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    1. The times I've set off on our walk wearing a jacket and have had to take it off and carry it. Sometimes the downpours are so sudden and heavy and soak you through within five minutes. This does not feel like a normal summer at all.

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  5. We had lots of rain over the past 2 or 3 days, mostly in thunderstorms. My tomatoes got drowned!

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    1. Oh no, those lovely big tomatoes I hope they didn't get ruined. Sometimes the gardens need the rain but I hate thunderstorms.

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  6. I love the photo of Tilly, she really does look rather forlorn. It will be interesting to find out where those two other paths go to and Tilly will have somewhere new to sniff.

    There are several reasons why the horse could be wearing a rug even in summer. Some horses are very fine skinned and if they live out, even on warm sunny days the temperature can drop at night so they may feel cold. If there's no field shelter or tree shade he could be wearing a fly rug to stop getting fly bites. It will offer some protection if it rains suddenly and also prevent him from getting rain scald if out in wet weather for any length of time. Some owners will rug a thoroughbred in a thin fly rug/rain sheet to stop the sun bleaching its coat - a patchy sun bleached coat looks a bit of a mess on a show horse, especially if it's dark coloured. Plus a rug helps keep an animal clean and will save the owner a lot of hard work when it comes to grooming. At the end of the day it's all down to an individual owner's preference and what work best for him/her and the horse.

    It seems a shame that 'your' horse is on his own. Horses are sociable animals so really he should have some company, be it horse, pony or donkey - if not then ideally he should be within sight and sound of other horses but maybe none of this is possible. No doubt he's perfectly fine, especially as you've seen him being ridden, but I think if I lived near you I'd be taking him an apple every day just so he knows he's not been forgotten :)

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    1. I'm sure the horse is fine but he must be lonely. I don't know anything about horses but did wonder if he was too hot wearing that coat all the time but as you say there could be a very good reason for it. I really must start taking him some apples as he stands at the fence obviously expecting to be given a treat.

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