Why is it that many horses prefer to stand out in the rain? Mine for one.
I went out to feed Willa on Christmas day in a heavy downpour. Extra carrots and an apple decorated her alfalfa pellets along with a smidgeon of grain for a holiday feast. I called her and put the feed in her rubber tub in the barn. She bucked and came galloping in and, well, started eating like a horse. I checked her over and scratched her belly and her favorite spot at her withers. As soon as I left, she exited the barn and looked around in the rain and wind—while still munching. Keeping her body outside in the rain, Willa reached back in and with her teeth pulled her feed tub back to the doorway. That’s the way she finished her Christmas dinner—in the rain.
It’s not just the holidays; she does this every time it rains. On clear days she gets her feed down by the fence. Yes, out in the open. She’s just a nature girl who’d just as soon live like a horse.