Winter Care

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Do Horses in Mild Climates Need Extra Care During Winter?

December 11, 2017

Not everyone sees snow fly during the winter months, but horses still have seasonal needs that must be met.... Read More

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Cold Weather and Fresh Horses

December 07, 2017

Why do horses act "fresh" when it's cold outside? An equine behaviorist investigates. ... Read More

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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Top Winter Hoof Care Tips

December 06, 2017

Having a winter hoof care plan in place ahead of time can help eliminate worries during the deep freeze.... Read More

Navicular syndrome is typically diagnosed in mature horses 4 to 15 years old. It is most common in Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred, and Warmblood geldings.

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Does Low-Starch Horse Feed Equal Low-Calorie?

December 03, 2017

Find out why a horse might gain weight when switched to a feed marketed as "low-starch."... Read More

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Set Up Your Senior Horse For Cold-Weather Comfort

November 30, 2017

Ensure you're providing your senior horse with the support he needs to stay healthy all winter long.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Holiday Horse Care

November 28, 2017

Of the 783 respondents, 316 (40%) said they stay home during the holidays to care for their horses.... Read More

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Winter Horse Feeding: Ration Balancer Feeds and Supplements

November 26, 2017

Learn the difference between ration balancer feeds and supplements and how they benefit horses when pastures are scarce.... Read More

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Winter is Coming: Are Your Horses and Farm Ready?

November 23, 2017

Three equine professionals offer tips for preparing your animals, facilities, and yourself for the deep freeze ahead.... Read More

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Caring for Senior Horses in Cold Weather

November 21, 2017

Learn how to help older horses stay warm and maintain weight this winter.... Read More

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Tips for Preparing Your Horse Barn for Winter

November 20, 2017

Check your hay supply, ensure water sources will remain thawed, be sure pasture fencing is secure, and more.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Does the Time Change Affect Your Horse Schedule?

November 14, 2017

Of the 702 respondents, 293 (42%) said they ride less often because it's dark when they get home in the evening.... Read More

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Fat Options to Help Your Horse Hold Weight During the Winter

November 13, 2017

Oil? Rice bran or flax seeds? Fat-fortified feed? Learn how to pick the best option for horses that are hard-keepers.... Read More

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Cold Weather Challenges for Horses With Osteoarthritis

November 03, 2017

Plunging temperatures, snow, and freezing rain can trigger joint discomfort. Here's how to keep your horse comfortable.... Read More

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Will Blanketing Compromise My Horse's Coat?

November 01, 2017

Will blanketing my horse occasionally during extreme cold temperatures compromise my horse's winter coat?... Read More

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Poll Recap: Barefoot for Winter

October 10, 2017

Of the 413 respondents, 219 (53%) said they have their horses' shoes pulled for the winter months.... Read More

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Conditioning Through the Seasons: Fall and Winter

October 06, 2017

Know how your horse's body reacts to cold weather and train accordingly to make the most of the chilly months ahead.... Read More

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Formidable Frostbite

September 29, 2017

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

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Researchers Study Owners' Blanketing, Clipping Knowledge

September 28, 2017

Half the owners didn't understand equine thermoregulation, including horses' bodily response to clipping and blanketing.... Read More

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Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

September 11, 2017

As autumn approaches, consider whether you need to make changes to your horse's diet in preparation for winter.... Read More

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Shake Off the Winter Doldrums and Get Back in the Saddle

March 16, 2017

Get a head start on readying horses for the warmer weather with these tips.... Read More

Mari puts a cotton scrim sheet on Posey and hand walks her while she dries. Doing so keeps the mare clean and prevents her from rolling while wet. Tip: Avoid using new sheets in bold colors on light colored horses, such as grays or pintos. The sheet’s color can bleed and stain the horse’s coat.

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What's so Cool About Coolers?

February 22, 2017

Find out why using coolers on horses post-exercise makes good sense.... Read More

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Getting Through Cold Spells Can be Stressful for Livestock

January 24, 2017

A combination of cold air and winds create dangerous conditions. Here's how to protect your horses and other animals.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Winter Horse Care Concerns

January 17, 2017

Of the 556 respondents, 190 (34%) said their biggest concern is keeping horses' water sources from freezing.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Dealing With Ice and Horses

January 10, 2017

Of the 395 respondents, 234 (59%) said ice is a problem on their horse property during the winter. ... Read More

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Take the Winter Solstice Chore Efficiency Test

December 21, 2016

Can you pass Alayne's test? Get advice for winterizing and making your horse property chore-efficient. ... Read More