I keep my eye on the weather forecasts diligently at this time of year. It's great when we have a dry spell where I can let the horses out to run around. Even when it's dry the horses still come in muddy at the end of the day. I have to hose off their legs but I don't hose off their bodies because it is too cold and they will chill. It's really important to keep their feet and legs clean because they can develop all sorts of conditions such as thrush and scratches.
Dirt on their bodies can turn into rain rot if they get wet so I try to seize any opportunity to brush them when they are dry. I will get a big hand this weekend. It is supposed to get cold around here on Sunday so I plan to clean them up to the best of my ability and put their blankets on. It keeps them warm, dry and clean. Somehow it even makes them shine. When we get a warm spell I'll take them off and the theirs coats will be soft and shinny, but it won't be long before they find some mud to roll in.