Winter Care

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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

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Below-Zero Temps Hit Plains, Northeast

February 05, 2007

A bone-chilling Arctic cold wave with temperatures as low as 38 below zero shut down schools for thousands of youngsters Monday, halted some Amtrak service and put car batteries on the disabled list from the northern Plains across the Great... Read More

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Wellington: Winter Horses Returning

January 22, 2007

Things are getting back to normal in Wellington, Fla., in the aftermath of a deadly horse virus.

Thirteen horses across the state contracted the contagious, airborne, equine herpesvirus in December. Six of them died. Barns across... Read More

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Baby, It's Cold Outside; Tips to Keep Horses Healthy in Falling Temperatures

January 12, 2007

Something about cherry blossoms blooming in January had many of us looking over our shoulders and wondering when winter would arrive. Although much of the country has been experiencing a mild winter, some parts are snow-bound, and a nationwide... Read More

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BLM Begins Winter Wild Horse Gather

January 07, 2007

A roundup is under way to reduce two overpopulated herds of wild horses in eastern Sweetwater County, Wyo.

The roundup started Friday and is expected to take four to five weeks. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to capture 1,760 horses... Read More

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Vet Check Protocol for Winter Equestrian Festival Issued

January 03, 2007

Stadium Jumping Inc. announced yesterday (Jan. 2) the protocols that are now in place for horses arriving at the WEF Showgrounds at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington.

All information is also posted on the Stadium... Read More

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Mosquito-borne Illness Threat Persists in Winter Temperatures

November 19, 2006

Although cooler temperatures have arrived in Florida, horses in the Sunshine State are still at risk for contracting potentially fatal mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus, University of Florida veterinarians and state officials warn... Read More

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Preparing Your Horse for Winter

November 17, 2006

Here are tips in four different areas of horse management to help your horse not only survive, but thrive during cold weather so you have a healthy and willing partner when warmer temperatures return.

Nutrition

Forage, or hay,... Read More