Winter Care

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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Should a Body-Clipped Horse Warm Up in a Quarter Sheet?

January 25, 2016

Our panelists discuss the benefits and uses of a wool or fleece quarter sheet.... Read More

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Safe Travel in Winter

January 23, 2016

With proper planning for winter trailering, you can keep your horses (and yourself) safe and healthy.... Read More

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Formidable Frostbite

January 22, 2016

Healthy horses handle frigid temperatures well, but their extremities still are vulnerable to frostbite.... Read More

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Teaching a Horse to Have a Blanket Put Over His Head

January 21, 2016

How can I teach my horse to let me put her blanket on over her head so I don't have to unbuckle it each time?... Read More

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Trudging Through Winter

January 20, 2016

How do you keep your senior horses healthy and happy when the cold and snow arrives?... Read More

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Winter Farm Care Checklist

January 14, 2016

Experts share their time-tested steps for cold weather readiness around the barn.... Read More

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Blanketing Basics

January 12, 2016

Take these tips into account when deciding how (or if) to blanket your horse this winter.... Read More

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Managing Barns and Buildings During the Winter

January 11, 2016

Take steps to ensure your barns, arenas, and other structures stay safe when cold and snow abound.... Read More

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Winter Workouts

January 08, 2016

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

If you want to stay active with your horses during the months of potentially inclement weather, begin by planning ahead.  Do you ride inside or out? Are you responsible for outdoor chores? Do you trail ride? What you do with your horse determines the types of clothing you'll need.

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Winter Wear for Horse People

January 07, 2016

Stay warm around the barn during the coldest months by adding these winter essentials to your horse-keeping wardrobe.... Read More

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Cold Weather Tips for Horse Owners

January 05, 2016

Here are six important tips to help owners keep horses healthy and safe during the cold days of winter.... Read More

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Study: Winter Shelter Preferences Vary Among Horses

December 31, 2015

In many cases, a good shelter with adequate food is enough to keep horses warm during winter weather, researchers found.... 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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The Horse's Top Podcasts of 2015

December 30, 2015

Learn about winter care, hay options, conditioning horses, rehabbing after injury, beet pulp vs. rice bran, and more.... Read More

To diagnose navicular syndrome, veterinarians rely on the horse's history and a complete physical and lameness exam. Here, a horse is longed in a small circle to check his gait for abnormalities.

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The Horse's Top Slideshows of 2015

December 28, 2015

Topics included navicular syndrome, equitation science, feeder and waterer options, rescue horses, and more.... Read More

Here's an example of traditional runs off barn stalls used as confinement areas. Good footing helps minimize mud.

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Confinement Areas for Healthy, Happy Horses

December 16, 2015

Few horses can spend all their time in turnout. Use these tips to keep your horse content when he's cooped up.... Read More

Standing wraps are applied for support and to reduce inflammation in the limbs.

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Cold-Weather Leg Wrapping

December 01, 2015

Does wrapping the lower legs in the winter aid circulation and keep them warm?... Read More

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Winter Worries: Plan Ahead for Common Cold-Weather Problems

November 30, 2015

Take steps to help ensure your horse has everything he needs to stay healthy and happy when the weather changes.... Read More

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Snowboarder Rescues Snowbound Horse

November 28, 2015

The aging mare ended up stuck up to her abdomen in powdery snow before being rescued by a 21-year-old snowboarder.... Read More

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What You Need to Know About Blanketing

November 06, 2015

Does your horse need a blanket? Many don't. But if your horse does, here's a quick guide to selecting the right one.... Read More

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A Confused Hair Coat

November 04, 2015

Why would a 9-year-old horse grow winter hair during the summer months? ... Read More

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Broodmare Nutrition: Preparing for Fall and Winter

October 25, 2015

Mares in good body condition have a reservoir of stored fat that can be used during cold winter weather.... Read More

Horses wearing blankets in field.

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Poll Recap: Blanket Planning

October 06, 2015

Of the 1,401 respondents, 1,021 people (73%) said their horses will wear a blanket at some point this fall and winter.... Read More

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Top Tips to Prepare Your Senior Horse for Winter

October 02, 2015

From monitoring his body condition to keeping his joints moving, here's how to get your old horse ready for winter.... Read More

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Are You Already Thinking About Blanket Season?

September 01, 2015

Don't wait until winter! Prepare ahead of time with tips on deciding whether to blanket, how to fit a blanket, and more.... Read More

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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