Ziggy defeated by the weather


Jane&Sid these days!
Apr 30, 2010
Surrey Hills
I have regarded Ziggy as wholly weather proof ever since he came to me. But this week has defeated him.

Alerted by my livery mate I went over to the field on Monday morning. It was hailing, big hailstones, some the size of marbles. Ziggy hurried over to me, into the wind, his head bent almost between his knees to try to keep the hail off his face. He was shivering violently, and there were a couple of little spots of blood on the point of his withers - his fur is thick but his mane not. He pushed his face into my chest for shelter.

That was enough for me. I walked up to the shelter and he walked behind me - no headcollar. I invited him in, in he walked. I got him a haynet and rubbed him down with a towel. His poor back was sore all along the spine.

I left him in all day with hay, then when he was dry and fluffy put his rainsheet on and turned him out. He was so happy and full of beans, he capered around the field setting off hoolies wherever he went.

For the next week or so I will put his kagoule on when it rains or hails, until his skin has had a chance to recover. Poor pony.

ETA: I have to add that the other horses (all rugged) were all happily grazing in the hail, and Ziggy could have gone in to the shelter if he wanted to, but he was hungry.


New Member
Mar 23, 2012
Gateway to europe
Mine have very thick coats but I still put a rain sheet on when it chucks it down......this weather is not normal:frown:

Poor Ziggy, bless him, good job he has a lovely mum:smile:

I am so glad I am not still at that other field I had last year, my horses are pretty hardy but this weather we have had in the last few years is ridiculous.

I am sure Ziggy will be fine in a day or two.

When I first got Cherie as a babe she had the most woolly bear coat, but she got rain scold. Some Zinc and caster and a lightweight rug did the trick in no time :smile:


Well-Known Member
Mar 15, 2008
I didn't put a sheet on mine last year but since she has a clip, albeit a mini one her wither area is exposed. She has a sheet on.
We have a barn, it does have hay in it but it won't last 24 hours so they do get wet to eat.
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Well-Known Member
Oct 13, 2004
On an island
Poor Ziggy - give him a snuggle from Chloe n Storm! I used to think Storm (also connie and hardy) would manage any weather thrown at her - and knowing her dislike of rugs I thought I was doing the right thing. However this past few winters when it's been so bleak I've either rugged or fetched in for a while.


Well-Known Member
Feb 16, 2013
Poppy has a rainsheet on too - again, she has a lovely thick coat but I don't think any natural fibres can withstand this Biblical rain and hail. FOR GOD'S SAKE STOP RAINING!


Jane&Sid these days!
Apr 30, 2010
Surrey Hills
He is fine today and happily managing without his coat. I will put it on again when the rain comes back though.

I do love that pony, he is always so sweet to me.:inlove:


Equine Karaoke Queen
Apr 15, 2012
Awww, I hope his back gets better soon!

I have been expecting Rubic to be similar to be honest but so far she has been happy as a pig in :poop: She is stabled overnight however so does get a chance to dry out. I've been checking her back religiously though just in case she gets any problems. Hopefully it'll dry up soon though, this rain is awful! (although today is lovely and dry here for a change!)


Well-Known Member
Jan 7, 2013
Awww i hope he is all ok now bless him.i really feel for all the animals and people having to endure this weather,i have to admit we havnt had it and would be very naughty of anyone where i am to complain.
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