But, Do Horses Prefer Icelandic or Argyle?

Researchers in Norway proved horses have a lot of horse sense when it comes to wearing sweateauws. A recent study showed how horses choose to wear a sweateauw or not depending on the weather. One researcher said, “Many owners have no clue whether their horses need rugs and blankets”, and may we suggest, a nice cup of hot cocoa to go with it.

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“Found this lovely story about how Norwegian researchers let the horses choose if they want to be inside or outside in different weathers, and if they want to wear sweaters or not! They choose a symbol for cover on or off. They want it on if it is cold and rainy, and off as it gets warmer.” -Devoted fan, Reidun K. Original story in Norwegian via NRK, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.



  1. Of all the wonderful that’s going on in this story (and there’s a lot of it!), it is the wee braid I can’t get over. The braid!!!

  2. Newsflash: Hunters prefer Jumpers, says Veteran news hound, Tally Ho.

  3. I didn’t even notice – thanks! It really is the best part. 🙂

  4. Happy to point it out! 🙂

    I’ve been spending the last couple of hours wondering if there’s a career in cute animal hair braiding…..there’s no downside other than possibly cute toxicity and sore fingers!

  5. What a great research topic, wish I could understand norwegian!

  6. Well, the horses are better dressed than the Olympic curling team.

  7. First Shetland ponies in Shetland sweatuws, now this. Must finish my Shetland-pony-knitting project: little stuffed ponies in sweaters.

  8. VikingHedgieMom says:

    I’d be happy to translate the article for anyone truly interested.

  9. The first link is in English.

  10. Mary (the first) says:

    I didn’t notice either but now that I look, I think there are two braids!! Too cute!!