Winter Care

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12 Months of Feeding Tips

January 01, 2009

Here's how to roll with Mother Nature through the seasons, nutritionally speaking.... Read More

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Older Horses: Respecting Our Elders

January 01, 2009

If your horse is already a senior, there's no reason to turn him out to pasture. Here's a seasonal look at some factors to consider for the care of your equine elder.... Read More

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The Year-Round Hoof

January 01, 2009

From practicing daily hands-on care to taking baseline photos for later comparison, here are tips for keeping your horse’s feet healthy.

How much attention do you give your horse's feet? Many times it's just the old... Read More

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Heavy Snow Causes Problems for Horse Owners

December 30, 2008

After experiencing her area's worst snowstorm since 1968, Beth Sandland of Sandy, Ore., was unable to visit her boarded horses for three weeks.

However, other horse owners have had to deal with a more serious side effect of winter weather:... Read More

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Winter Workouts

December 01, 2008

Consider how current weather conditions will affect your horse and adapt your workouts accordingly.... Read More

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Feeding Horses When Temperatures Drop

November 30, 2008

Winter presents a challenge to horse owners when it comes to feeding their horses. Low temperatures, harsh winds and rain, snow, and ice all contribute to the increasing nutrient requirements a horse has to keep themselves warm and maintain their ... Read More

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Tips for Winter Travel with Horses

November 19, 2008

"While trailering horses in the winter is not all that different from trailering any time of the year, you do need to make a few adjustments for hauling in cold weather," said Neva Kittrell Scheve, co-author of The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaini... Read More

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To Blanket or Not to Blanket?

November 18, 2008

The short answer might very well be "to blanket." However, for many horses blanketed during cooler months, that extra layer provides more comfort to their caregivers than to the animals themselves. Horses have evolved to have an... Read More

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Fall and Winter Management of Alfalfa

November 18, 2008

In Iowa, rain in May and early June this year put most alfalfa producers behind two to three weeks for their first, and correspondingly their second, third, and sometimes fourth cuttings. Now in mid-November, producers can look back on the... Read More

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Winter Barn Ventilation

November 01, 2008

How do you know if your barn is well-ventilated, and what can you do to fix it?

What could possibly be more interesting than barn ventilation? It ranks right up there with oil changes and trimming those low-hanging tree... Read More

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Elmer Bandit Under Wraps as Cold Weather and Record Ride Approach

October 23, 2008

Elmer Bandit, the 37-year-old Half-Arabian on the verge of setting a new record for lifetime competitive mileage, in bundled up in preparation for this weekend's competitive trail event near Lindsborg, Kan. If Elmer completes the 60-mile ride,... Read More

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See the Light: Advancing the Breeding Season for Early Foals

October 12, 2008

Horse breeders face a dilemma every year as the breeding season nears. Should they breed for early foals or breed their mares to foal out in the spring and summer? The fact that all foals in the northern hemisphere share the same... Read More

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Results of Poll on Wrapping Up the Summer Riding Season

September 10, 2008

Nearly 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "When do you start winding down from your summer riding levels?"

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Michigan State Lecture Focuses on Preparing Horses for Winter

August 25, 2008

Each spring it's the same scenario: your horse comes out of winter overweight and out of shape. You spent the previous year riding, training, showing, and your horse enjoyed plenty of exercise while out to pasture. But after a few cold months of... Read More

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Winter Weather Halts Racing at Several Tracks

February 13, 2008

Aqueduct canceled its Feb. 13 racing card due to adverse weather conditions after the wintry mix that hit the area the night before turned to heavy rain. The track remained open for simulcasting.

The nine-race card was the last scheduled under... Read More

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Cold Weather Nutrition

February 01, 2008

Cold and inclement weather conditions present special challenges for the horse. Whether a horse is turned out or exercised regularly, you need to focus on his nutritional requirements. Horses are naturally well-adapted to thrive in frigid weather ... Read More

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Keeping Horses Comfortable in Winter Temperatures

January 30, 2008

Horses prefer, and are better off, outdoors even in cold weather, and will acclimate to cold temperatures if given the opportunity, according to Marcia Hathaway, PhD, a professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota... Read More

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Readers Respond: Winter Refreshment

January 17, 2008

More than 1,500 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How do you encourage adequate hydration during cold weather?"

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Winter Storm Bearing Down On Midwest

December 11, 2007

The icy storm that has blasted Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas has so far killed at least 22 people, with the worst death toll from ice-coated highways in Oklahoma, and storm warnings are up now for parts of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and... Read More

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Winter Care: Use Caution when Changing a Horse's Rations

November 16, 2007

Some horses might need more feed to replace energy loss brought about by harsher weather conditions as the temperature turns colder.

Equine owners must practice sound management in altering their animals' rations if problems with colic... Read More

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'Winterizing Your Horse' Seminar at the Kentucky Horse Park

November 14, 2007

The Kentucky Horse Park will be hosting a winter horse care seminar this Saturday (Nov. 17).

Topics will include:

  • Where Did All the Feed Go? (9:00-9:45) Feeding Challenges, nutrition, alternative feeds, and... Read More

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Heating Barns in Winter: Use Caution to Avoid Respiratory Problems

November 14, 2007

Horse owners who heat their barns to keep water from freezing and to protect horses from cold temperatures during late fall and winter should remember supplemental heat can cause problems if used incorrectly.

Ventilation is important when... Read More

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Warm Winter, Continued Drought Forecast

October 10, 2007

The government's winter forecast includes some bad news--continued dry conditions in an arc sweeping from the Southeast across the Gulf States and into the Southwest.

Much of that region is already struggling with drought and "right now the... Read More

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Preparing for Winter Trailer Storage

August 18, 2007

While it might be hard to imagine that winter weather is only a few months away, now is the time to perform preventative maintenance on your horse trailer so that your rig is road-safe and ready come spring.

"Your trailer has safely... Read More

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Leptospirosis: Mild Winters Could Mean More Cases

June 03, 2007

Several years of mild winters in the Midwest might bring veterinarians and physicians more than the usual number of cases of leptospirosis, or "lepto," a bacterial disease that can affect cattle, swine, horses, wildlife, dogs, and humans.... Read More