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Ready for Winter?

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How do you winterize your horses and barn?
(Check all that apply)

Put heaters in water troughs or buckets
34%
434
Clip my horse's winter coat and get blankets out of storage
8%
98
Modify feed to increase my horse's caloric intake
39%
503
Other (please specify below)
11%
144
All of the above
5%
60
None of the above
4%
48

Total votes cast: 1287

Comments & Write-in Answers

Continue weighing and assessing BCS weekly to determine if current feed is adequate for needs.

12/3/2012 11:21:25 PM

Make sure they have plenty of hay and warm water

12/3/2012 10:26:25 PM

put up 4x8 sheets of plywood on areas of fence to create additional wind breaks

12/3/2012 10:17:51 PM

separate feeding of each horse, add supplements and test hay , have vet check mouths and float

12/3/2012 9:42:41 PM

Blanket and stall more

12/3/2012 9:06:47 PM

More roughage. That is it. Nothing else as they have shelter they can go under, in and out.

12/3/2012 8:44:49 PM

offer a couple of different types of hot toddies - 1/2 scoop bran, 1 oz. salt & 1/2 cup molasses in

12/3/2012 8:36:52 PM

Make sure they have access to salt; offer warm water

12/3/2012 8:36:30 PM

Make sure they have shelter from wind and rain at all times!!

12/3/2012 8:34:55 PM

Add blankets if necessary as they cannot move around as much in a stable to keep war

12/3/2012 8:34:42 PM

feed extra salt - use blankets WITH winter coat

12/3/2012 8:29:15 PM

So Calif. desert mild winter. Horses have choice of stalls- blanket only if showing or snowing(rare)

12/3/2012 7:53:46 PM

mu guys like to be outside whenever they can

12/3/2012 6:56:28 PM

Blankets, water bucket Cozies, and increased hay.

12/3/2012 6:50:21 PM

Blanket early to prevent excessive winter coat

12/3/2012 6:26:59 PM

Heavier blankets and more feed. Also stock up on stuff that helps mud fever....

12/3/2012 5:55:19 PM

I use waterproof blankets also

12/3/2012 5:54:13 PM

More hay as the temperature drops. Blankets only when very cold and windy.

12/3/2012 5:37:27 PM

put on blankets, but do not clip hair

12/3/2012 5:36:30 PM

Salt with iodine, free choice hay, lots of clean drinking water

12/3/2012 5:26:54 PM

install interior wall panels to reduce draft

12/3/2012 3:08:13 PM

put winter shoes on horses that are ridden with snow pads and borium

12/3/2012 1:41:38 PM

I blanket my horse, but he doesn't get body clipped

12/3/2012 1:15:12 PM

spread limestone to fill in puddles that may ice up in turn-out/gate areas.

12/3/2012 12:05:49 PM

Have Nelson wateres so only turn it on, turn out sheets for very bad weather conditions only

12/2/2012 5:46:23 PM

sheets, blankets and hoods and close them in when really cold. In/out 24/7 until snow flies

12/2/2012 5:30:08 PM

Make sure blankets still fit and are in warm storage for the truly nasty MN weather.

12/2/2012 11:51:28 AM

prevent a windy barn

12/1/2012 11:16:50 PM

Insulate daysheds with straw; bring into barn stalls during severe cold/storms of -0 degree temps

12/1/2012 4:38:53 PM

Don't clip, but dress in moderate weight, waterproof winter blankets. Hot water beet pulp.

12/1/2012 12:36:40 PM

shift to stalling at night from 24 hour T/O

12/1/2012 9:23:36 AM

keep low protein hay in barn. when cold weather hits i allow horses free access to this hay .

11/30/2012 10:35:30 PM

My horses are out 24/7 with a run in shed.

11/30/2012 8:53:29 PM

Winter means more hay and blankets on my older friends

11/30/2012 7:48:28 PM

Get blankets out of storage, no clipping. Clean gutters, check downspouts.

11/30/2012 6:51:18 PM

2 out of the 3

11/30/2012 6:33:53 PM

We live in central Florida, so this is not a problem.

11/30/2012 4:16:00 PM

hot water heated every early morning to take out to my mini

11/30/2012 3:55:45 PM

feed warm water

11/30/2012 2:49:35 PM

Homestead, FL - Bodyclip early Nov - Too much hair for our average temps - Blanket as needed

11/30/2012 12:50:47 PM

Blankets/neck covers ,ready snow handling tools/plow,install pumphouse heater, check all fences

11/30/2012 12:01:23 PM

more water, clean blankets, have hay ready, vet check since my pony is old.

11/30/2012 10:39:23 AM

Don't clip but get blankets ready

11/30/2012 10:15:10 AM

Depending on the night temp., as to whether they have blankets on.

11/30/2012 9:51:20 AM

I don't 'clip' my horses coats (they have very fine coats as is) I brush them(daily and blanket them

11/30/2012 9:43:55 AM

Blankets

11/30/2012 9:32:16 AM

Feed hay

11/30/2012 8:21:16 AM

Give more hay on cold nights. I live in FL...not cold every day or night here

11/30/2012 7:48:29 AM

I leave them out and provide shelter

11/30/2012 7:20:27 AM

Dewormed, blankets ready, horses not clipped.

11/29/2012 10:03:19 PM

we use Nelson self waters that are heated & the horses are outside pretty much 24/7

11/29/2012 9:28:42 PM

Use beeswax on their soles to prevent hard pack icing.

11/29/2012 9:19:12 PM

trace clip only, never full body

11/29/2012 9:06:25 PM

Provide run in shelter southern exposure

11/29/2012 9:06:20 PM

Install the storm windows.

11/29/2012 8:47:35 PM

We live in Florida. This is our riding season.

11/29/2012 7:53:47 PM

get out the rainproof light blankets

11/29/2012 7:27:26 PM

keep out free choice salt MIX and unlimited water to keep them hydrated

11/29/2012 7:22:50 PM

we use automatic waterers, feed round bales free choice and I cook their oats for the morning feed.

11/29/2012 7:14:58 PM

I would also blanket but the mare refuses to wear it, so I let her grow a long hair coat.

11/29/2012 7:00:28 PM

Keep horses in, and blanketed

11/29/2012 5:40:35 PM

Blanket and keep in at night

11/29/2012 5:07:46 PM

Add blankets w/o clipping

11/29/2012 5:07:45 PM

I wish I had horses!

11/29/2012 4:33:28 PM

De-worming, blankets cleaned, cleaning barn heaters

11/29/2012 3:41:14 PM

Horses are given free choice of hay, round bales.

11/29/2012 2:06:15 PM

blankets, more hay

11/29/2012 11:53:57 AM

cover windows,empty hoses at night,add salt to water buckets,heat tackroom,close external doors

11/29/2012 10:44:34 AM

Heat barn above freezing. Blankets. Timed lights.

11/29/2012 9:58:14 AM

bring them into the barn in inclement weather

11/29/2012 9:37:42 AM

Feed additional hay for warmth

11/29/2012 8:11:26 AM

make sure they have a lot of hay in nibble nets so they are able to eat all the time

11/29/2012 7:45:58 AM

Put on rug, but don't clip horse's coat

11/29/2012 2:43:53 AM

Add some extra hay to ramp up equine heater.

11/29/2012 2:36:15 AM

move horses to turnout lots with sheds, pull shoes, layer waterproof blankets

11/29/2012 12:48:50 AM

Blanket when it's wet and below 60 degrees.

11/28/2012 11:58:37 PM

Live in AZ desert, winter is mild; most I ever did was blanket senior horses (I don't have any now)

11/28/2012 11:50:27 PM

Bring my 26 yr old Morgan mare in the barn at night so she can stay warm, dry and eat in peace.

11/28/2012 11:21:44 PM

Get the blanket ready just in case!

11/28/2012 10:42:30 PM

keep barn door closed at night

11/28/2012 10:05:46 PM

get out winter blankets (no clipping of winter coat typically)

11/28/2012 9:56:26 PM

blankets, but I don't clip

11/28/2012 9:50:56 PM

Our temperatures rarely dip below 32. But we use waterproof sheets if moisture is expected.

11/28/2012 9:49:35 PM

Live in SoCal so only need to Provide shelter

11/28/2012 9:04:13 PM

Start putting training above all else

11/28/2012 8:38:47 PM

Close all doors in the night

11/28/2012 8:00:54 PM

Provide hay and barn on demand

11/28/2012 7:26:51 PM

If horses have no shelter, add warm water to horse buckets and put on blankets without clipping.

11/28/2012 7:25:55 PM

I live in Arizona, just blankets and we're good!

11/28/2012 6:50:29 PM

Make sure there is easy access to dry draft free area in barn and stock tank is ice free.

11/28/2012 6:45:09 PM

I up the roughage with beet pulp and chopped hay

11/28/2012 6:36:44 PM

Bring them in the barn at night. They wear blankets in very cold weather (sub-30 degrees).

11/28/2012 5:47:54 PM

Provide warmer bedding.

11/28/2012 2:55:03 PM

Increase hay and feed hay 3x day in extreme weather

11/28/2012 2:00:42 PM

Let my horses grow longer hair and blanket my senior guy

11/28/2012 1:48:34 PM

My barn provides fresh warm H2O 3x daily; good quality hay; I use different blankets based on temps

11/28/2012 1:23:33 PM

Put up wind barriers over windows, siding and run-ins.Provide mud free area around hay feeder

11/28/2012 12:32:33 PM

I also add a little more salt to my horses' feed to increase fluid intake.

11/28/2012 12:18:33 PM

Provide free access hay to all of the horses.

11/28/2012 11:50:34 AM

Salt blocks

11/28/2012 11:13:59 AM

blankets during cold, windy conditions

11/28/2012 11:12:18 AM

provide wind breaks

11/28/2012 10:54:18 AM

feed probiotic, feed beet pulp

11/28/2012 10:48:59 AM

blanket older horse who is chronically thin

11/28/2012 10:32:35 AM

Horses both mid 20s. Bring in when cold, run-ins otherwise. Do not clip, but blanket if needed.

11/28/2012 10:23:43 AM

Only increase feed to compensate for loss of forage in the fields as they are grazed down.

11/28/2012 10:13:53 AM

Increase feed storage, turn on lights more often

11/28/2012 9:11:50 AM

I do blankets but other than that no worries as I'm in Florida!

11/28/2012 9:06:30 AM

Living in Texas there really isn't much to do to winterize!

11/28/2012 8:49:23 AM

Additional mid day feeding of grass hay and blanket when the temp drops to 15 degrees

11/28/2012 8:39:03 AM

horses out 24/7 but in during bad weather, heated buckets for stalls, auto waterers outside

11/28/2012 8:11:19 AM

Get blankets ready, but don't clip.

11/28/2012 8:09:12 AM

Check all areas for potential ice buildup and treat with small gravel

11/28/2012 8:05:23 AM

lots of hugs and candy

11/28/2012 7:51:49 AM

change bulbs in tackroom to heatlamps . store hoses coiled under the heatlamp.

11/28/2012 7:45:00 AM

free choice grass hay to make up for lack in winter pasture, incr. feed more calories for old mares

11/28/2012 7:26:58 AM

I do not clip, but I do blanket when temps get down in 20s or below or when below 40 and raining

11/28/2012 7:25:17 AM

ensure adequate shelter from all sides, bedded with straw, removal of all turds on regular basis.

11/28/2012 7:13:51 AM

take daily water when troughs frozen. rug more when colder=layer rugs.

11/28/2012 6:41:24 AM

Boarded. Barn and horses superbly taken care of. No blankets, great winter coat.

11/28/2012 1:26:54 AM

in crease hay intake so they it during the nite to help increase body temp. during chill nite hours.

11/28/2012 1:19:38 AM

Blanket, shoe with pads, free choice hay, extra bedding in shelters, close up barn

11/28/2012 1:17:04 AM

Add salt daily to grain

11/27/2012 11:56:36 PM

I don't clip my horses coat, because we live in Alaska, but I do put blankets on!

11/27/2012 11:32:19 PM

I get blankets out to use but we don't clip our horses

11/27/2012 11:29:19 PM

Take them off pasture and blanket--- no clip

11/27/2012 11:21:30 PM

Increase hay, use Bucket Cozy to keep water ice-free, put tails in mud knots once ground gets sloppy

11/27/2012 11:12:29 PM

increase hay as temp. decreases

11/27/2012 11:05:02 PM

No barn, live outside 24/7. Good feed, health maintenance equal happy horses.

11/27/2012 10:45:12 PM

Keep East and West doors to barn closed tightly. Put bales of straw at base of doors to block wind.

11/27/2012 10:21:22 PM

Make sure they have 24 hr access to hay and a good hair coat.

11/27/2012 10:16:13 PM

We only blanket if it's cold, wet and windy.

11/27/2012 9:07:24 PM

modify feed by increasing hay

11/27/2012 9:06:46 PM

Feed suppliments for joints, senior, harmony, digestion.

11/27/2012 8:59:42 PM

just feed more oart hay and less alfalfa cubes

11/27/2012 8:54:10 PM

I use winter to get some of my horses to lose weight

11/27/2012 8:35:10 PM

Get the winter blankets out

11/27/2012 8:28:40 PM

Blanket horses, reduce drafts, heat tapes, blow out lines, increase hay

11/27/2012 8:25:12 PM

Get out the heavier blankets and dress them according to the weather

11/27/2012 8:14:40 PM

We let their coats grow out, but on icy days we put blankets on.

11/27/2012 8:14:38 PM

My horses are ranch horses and stay out in the pasture the year around.

11/27/2012 8:09:05 PM

add a rainproof coat when weather gets bad enough but don't clip

11/27/2012 8:08:38 PM

turn heaters on in the automatic waterers inside and out

11/27/2012 8:05:56 PM

I don't clip my horse's winter coat but I do have turnout blankets if needed.

11/27/2012 7:57:38 PM

Winter turnout blankets & increase hay fed everyday

11/27/2012 7:54:08 PM

live in Florida, don't have freezing temps to often but coats do need to be clipped

11/27/2012 7:53:05 PM

Do maintenance on barn and fences; clean any dust and cobwebs;make sure I've got enough hay in.

11/27/2012 7:47:52 PM

pull shoes off

11/27/2012 7:39:13 PM

They have a three sided shelter and blankets ready just in case I need them.

11/27/2012 7:21:35 PM

feed higher quality hay to replace pasture, supplement black oiler sunflower seeds

11/27/2012 7:18:36 PM

Add whole corn to their feed.

11/27/2012 7:12:14 PM

offer warm water several times daily, blanket according to weather,bed stalls deeply,give extra hay

11/27/2012 7:07:34 PM

Heat tape & Insulation on the water pumps. Vet wrap works great to keep the insulation on the pumps

11/27/2012 7:00:49 PM

Keep them fluffy.Blankets on cold nights.All the hay they want.Don't clip.Access to shelter.

11/27/2012 7:00:20 PM

Increase Hay as the weather gets colder, grain stays the same

11/27/2012 6:54:28 PM

Blankets and blanket liners

11/27/2012 6:43:28 PM

blanket when very windy and cold. open stalls so they can go in at will

11/27/2012 6:26:03 PM

my 4 horses are out 24/7 all winter up to -35C.

11/27/2012 6:24:41 PM

blanket

11/27/2012 6:18:16 PM

put out round bales of good hay, so they can free feed

11/27/2012 6:17:19 PM

Just feed free choice hay

11/27/2012 6:14:01 PM

Remove shoes

11/27/2012 5:59:56 PM

In South Florida we don't have much to do. Blanket a few days out of the year and turn off the fans.

11/27/2012 5:57:33 PM

I put out heated and unheated water buckets giving them the choice. Increase hay available to them.

11/27/2012 5:54:15 PM

move to small sacrifice pasture(s)

11/27/2012 5:52:14 PM

I get blankets out and put them on, weight of them depends on how cold it is.

11/27/2012 5:48:49 PM

Deeper bedding in stalls

11/27/2012 5:47:02 PM

Put good quality insulated blankets on horses.

11/27/2012 5:45:21 PM

They are out 24/7-365 with run-ins

11/27/2012 5:40:27 PM

I have heated water lines & otherwise my horse is okay

11/27/2012 5:36:31 PM

ck blankets

11/27/2012 5:22:10 PM

We discontinued blanketing we don't show much in the winter.

11/27/2012 5:19:34 PM

Bring in at night.

11/27/2012 5:12:50 PM

Heated water tub is a lifesaver.

11/27/2012 5:07:15 PM

winter blanket, especially in rain

11/27/2012 5:06:59 PM

Snow pads on the hoof

11/27/2012 5:04:15 PM

No clipping for Arabians, but frequent blanketing when 35 degrees or less.

11/27/2012 4:50:23 PM

Don't clip, just use blankets & more hay

11/27/2012 4:37:34 PM

I live in Hawaii at 4500 ft. I pay extra attention to body weight under winter coat.

11/27/2012 4:32:10 PM

Lots of hay

11/27/2012 4:26:08 PM

increase hay and beet pulp, not grain

11/27/2012 4:00:53 PM

deep warm bedding in the run-in shed, shoes off, free-fed hay, remove electric fence,

11/27/2012 2:12:01 PM

Feed more hay to help her keep warm and heat the water as needed so she drinks plenty

11/27/2012 1:05:33 PM

I let my horses hair up and allow bridle path, whiskers to grow out for more protection.

11/27/2012 11:37:25 AM

stays in at night to maintant weight

11/27/2012 11:34:02 AM

Only modify feed as needed, ie for older horses or those under stress

11/27/2012 11:16:33 AM

get out blankets for the wet days

11/27/2012 11:11:23 AM

Winter's are rarely bad in Upstate S C. Horses live with us & keeping ice off them is only concern.

11/27/2012 11:08:17 AM

making sure they have all the hay they want to keep them warm,have run in sheds for them

11/27/2012 10:47:05 AM

Routine barn maintenance as well

11/27/2012 10:03:34 AM

float teeth, deworm, make repairs to barn

11/27/2012 9:29:59 AM

AUTOMATIC WATER HEATERS

11/27/2012 9:12:47 AM

Varies just depending on the horse, but a horse needs his haircoat for the winter.

11/27/2012 9:08:52 AM

The coldest it gets here (central Mexico) is mid-50s. Don't make any changes.

11/27/2012 8:50:02 AM

Don't clip but get rain sheets out and make sure they have a fresh salt block to make them drink!

11/27/2012 8:40:48 AM

Put up Tarps and HD plastic

11/27/2012 8:19:30 AM

just blanket during cold nights

11/27/2012 7:34:15 AM

Moved to north Georgia

11/27/2012 7:33:24 AM

Feed extra hay but it doesn't get very cold here, just wet

11/27/2012 3:27:12 AM

No clip, but add turnout blankets (24/7 in pasture.)

11/27/2012 2:55:24 AM

Double check fences, overhanging trees, insulate water troughs & faucets, float teeth.

11/27/2012 1:15:42 AM

Add salt or electrolytes to keep water intake up.

11/27/2012 12:33:57 AM

horses are on range grass with hay and Crystalyx 14% protein supplement

11/27/2012 12:30:43 AM

Modify feed to increase my horses' fibre intake as the fermentation of fibre helps to heat the horse

11/27/2012 12:15:17 AM

blanket on wet and cold days and nights and when snowing.

11/27/2012 12:05:40 AM

Shelter in pasture

11/27/2012 12:05:09 AM