Winter Care

And even with preventive measures, snowballs can build up. Protect your horse from slipping and injury by removing snow and ice from his hooves as it builds up.

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Winter Hoof Care: It's a Team Effort

February 03, 2016

Keep your horse sound and moving safely this winter with these smart hoof care practices.... Read More

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Can Horses Suffer from Frostbite?

January 28, 2016

Dr. Nancy Loving addresses the threat of frostbite in horses during extreme winter weather.... Read More

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Trailering Safely in Winter Weather

January 27, 2016

Our panelists share their expertise on hauling horses during winter weather.... Read More

Our fans submitted photos of their horses making the most of the recent snowy weather. Matthew Brown sent in this picture of horses in Dover, Pennsylvania, where they had 30+ inches of snow.

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Winter Fun

January 27, 2016

Our fans shared photos of their horses making the most of the wintry conditions.... Read More

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Should I Close My Horse in the Barn During Winter?

January 26, 2016

Alayne Blickle and Dr. Loving share their thoughts on whether or not horses should live in closed barns during winter.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Winter Shoeing Solutions

January 26, 2016

The majority of the respondents said their horses will go without shoes this winter. ... Read More

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Record Snowfall Challenges Horse Owners

January 26, 2016

Several barns in affected regions collapsed under the weight of the snow. ... 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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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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Equine Internal Combustion

January 04, 2016

Help kick-start your horse's furnace by providing proper fuel: food, particularly good-quality forage.... 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

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Making Winter Manageable on the Farm

December 12, 2015

These preparations can help carry you and your horses through the cold, dark, and wet months ahead.... Read More

Dehydration can cause serious problems for horses, including colic, so make sure his water doesn’t turn to ice during subfreezing temperatures. Installing heated and insulated fountains can reduce the time it takes to complete winter barn chores and ensure your horse has around-the-clock water access.

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Water Access in Winter

December 05, 2015

Horses need access to fresh and unfrozen water during the winter months. Here's what to remember.... Read More