Winter Care

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Poll Recap: Electrolytes for Horses

July 07, 2015

Of the 804 respondents, 429 said they give their horses electrolytes year-round, after hard work, or during the summer.... Read More

While winter might be picturesque, it's often a stifling time for riders.

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Winter Boredom Busters for Riders

March 06, 2015

Is winter weather keeping you from riding? Alayne offers some winter boredom buster tips for riders. ... Read More

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An Introduction to Automatic Waterers

March 06, 2015

Do you really want to wrestle with frozen hoses? Here's what to know about automatic waterers.... Read More

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Massachusetts Firefighters Save Horses After Roof Collapse

March 02, 2015

None of the 15 horses rescued from the barn were injured in the collapse.... Read More

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Winter Boredom Busters for Horses

March 02, 2015

What ideas do you have for dealing with winter horse boredom?... Read More

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Can a Horse "Cold Founder"?

February 24, 2015

Dr. Nancy Loving dispels the idea that cold weather can directly cause laminitis.... Read More

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Will the Cold Harm Equine Medications?

February 23, 2015

Dr. Nancy Loving offers information about storing medications during the winter.... Read More

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Is It Okay to Put a Cold Bit in a Horse's Mouth?

February 23, 2015

Our experts offer advice on if and how to warm cold bits before riding.... Read More

A quarter sheet keeps a horse—especially if he's body clipped or regularly blanketed—from getting cold during warm-up under saddle. Quarter sheets are usually made of wool or fleece.

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How Do I Keep a Sweaty Horse Warm in Winter After Riding?

February 20, 2015

Horses for Clean Water's Alayne Blickle offers tips for helping a horse dry off and cool out after winter riding.... Read More

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Tips for Healthful Horse Barns During Winter

February 19, 2015

Our readers and staff share tips for providing a healthy living environment for horses during cold weather. ... Read More

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Is It Okay to Free Feed Horses Large Hay Bales in Winter?

February 19, 2015

Dr. Nancy Loving and Horses for Clean Water's Alayne Blickle share tips for free feeding horses during the winter.... Read More

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Winter Storms Challenge Barn, Horse Owners

February 18, 2015

Winter 2015 is piling snow, sleet, and freezing rain on much of the country. Find out how horse owners are coping.... Read More

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How Do I Prevent Impaction Colic During Winter Weather?

February 18, 2015

Colic is a threat to horses, especially during colder weather. Our experts share feeding and hydration tips.... Read More

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Snowy Rides with Senior Horses

February 16, 2015

Do you enjoy riding your senior horses in the snow?... Read More

Whether or not your horse needs a blanket depends on his age, body condition, weather exposure, and cold tolerance, and whether he's clipped or has his winter coat. Turnout blankets appropriate for winter weather are waterproof and offer protection from the weather. The heavier the fabric's denier rating, the more durable your horse's blanket should be.

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Readers Share Tips for Horse Blanket Repair and Maintenance

February 01, 2015

Readers share useful tips for repairing and maintaining horse blankets. ... Read More

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Preparing Horse Farms for Winter Weather Disasters

January 28, 2015

Plan ahead to keep family, employees, and horses safe in a winter weather disaster. ... Read More

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Horse Management Tips for Cold Temperatures

January 23, 2015

Ensure horses have adequate shelter, water, dry bedding, and feed when temperatures drop.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Staying Warm in Winter

January 20, 2015

Of the 760 respondents, 201 (26%) said they would never give up their winter boots.... Read More

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How Long Can a Horse Go without Water During the Winter?

January 19, 2015

Find out from Dr. Nancy Loving how frequently a horse needs to drink during the winter to stay healthy.... Read More

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Take Precautions when Hauling Horses in Cold Weather

January 18, 2015

While hauling during cold weather can be challenging, proper planning will keep your horse performance-ready.... Read More

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Why is Hydration for Horses Important During the Winter?

January 16, 2015

Dr. Nancy Loving talks about the risks horses face when they don't drink enough during the winter.... Read More

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Will a Horse Drink from an Icy Bucket of Water?

January 15, 2015

Horses for Clean Water's Alayne Blickle and Dr. Nancy Loving discuss whether or not horses will drink icy water.... Read More

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Is it Bad for Horses to Stand in the Mud?

January 14, 2015

Dr. Nancy Loving weighs the pros and cons of keeping horses inside vs. turning them out in the mud.... Read More

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Winter Weather and Senior Horses: In or Out?

January 13, 2015

Do your older horses stay inside or outside when the temperatures plummet and inclement weather sets in?... Read More

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When Does a Horse Need a Blanket?

January 13, 2015

Many horses don't need blankets. Dr. Nancy Loving and Horses for Clean Water's Alayne Blickle offer suggestions.... Read More