How to Use Your Horse as a Weather Gauge

Discover the top 10 ways your equine pal can act as a personal weatherman.

10. You’re walking across the pasture and run smack-dab into a Shetland pony–heavy fog in low-lying areas.

9. The horse swishes his tail and knocks you unconscious–icy conditions.

8. A 14-hand horse appears to be about 16 hands tall–snow with possible accumulation up to 8 inches.

7. The ground looks wet but the hoofprints are dry–very light showers.

6. Your horse bites and kicks you–well, that really just means you were an idiot for buying him.

5. The horse looks hungry because his big round bale floated away–possible flooding in some areas.

4. Your sorrel horse has turned roan–snowfall with little or no accumulation.

3. He’s slow to leave the hedge row even though you’re rattling the feed bucket–excessive heat warning.

2. The horse is hanging onto the fence with his teeth–blustery winds (or you’ve got a cribber).

1. The front half of the horse is wet and the back half is dry–isolated showers.

Reprinted with permission from Farm Talk newspaper.

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