So I have made it all the way to December without freaking out about my pony being blanketless. I am proud of myself that I made it this long…especially with how muddy my Gen has been as of late. I went to the barn tonight though and now I am not so sure I am doing the right thing. I was always taught that a horse is not cold as long as their ears and nose are warm. Tonight Gen only had half of that. His ears were chilly! His nose though was okay. He was standing in his field when I got there today and he didn’t seem to be freezing, but high winds and snow flurries had me worried even before I got out of the car. I brought him in and checked his face for warmness and got really worried that he was chilly. It was almost time to come in so I put him in his stall and comforted myself with the thought that Gen’s blankets are all at the barn if he needs them. I left him naked because once you put a blanket on your horses natural protection is compromised. The blankets push the hair down and right now he has a really great fuzzy layer of protection that I don’t want to mess with. So tell me though…how do you know if a horse is cold? I know shivering, but he wasn’t even close to that. My old thinking was ears and nose, but tonight proved that they can be different so that doesn’t help anymore. I need advice…how do you tell if a horse is comfortable?