Winter Care

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Ice Storm Disrupts Veterinary Services in Kentucky

February 18, 2003

Despite the disaster of ice, snow, and cold weather, all three of the major veterinary clinics in Central Kentucky are up and running, although Hagyard-Davidson-McGee is on emergency power. Dr. Doug Byars, head of the medicine clinic at... Read More

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Internal Combustion

January 01, 2003

Help kick-start your horse's furnace by providing proper fuel: food--and some foods are better than others.... Read More

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Frozen Feed?

December 01, 2002

Q: I live in northeastern Ohio, and it gets pretty cold here at times. My question is: Have you heard of horses getting colic from frozen sweet feeds? I have had horses for the past 40 years and have yet to come upon this... Read More

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Winter Traction Devices: Get a Grip Before You Slip!

January 01, 2002

Snow and ice during winter can cause footing problems for horses, especially those which are called upon to do something other than loaf in the pasture or paddock. The problems include snow and ice, which translate into difficulty in maintaining... Read More

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Mild Winter Weather: Affect on Horses

December 17, 2001

It is well-accepted that the foal losses and other problems seen in several states in the spring of 2001 were triggered by environmental factors, meaning weather. Farmers and livestock managers have known for years that weather conditions affect the ... Read More

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Frostbite: The Bite of Winter

December 01, 2001

How can you tell if you horse has frostbite, and what should you do if your horse has frostbite? ... Read More

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Wintering a Geriatric Horse

December 01, 2001

Wintering the geriatric horse is somewhat more challenging, but can be successfully accomplished.... Read More

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Winter Messages

June 01, 2001

It will be late January when you receive this issue of the magazine. Winter already has been tough on many of us, and on our horses. Lots of snow, freezing rain, and below-normal temperatures make us wish for more temperate climes where we... Read More

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Water Temperature and Drinking Behavior

February 01, 2001

A few years ago I read an article describing research done at New Bolton Center on drinking behavior. It said that the research showed that in winter, horses prefer to drink warm water rather than ice cold water, and as a result veterinarian... Read More

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Winter Stress

November 01, 2000

Winter weather can be responsible for stress that compromises a horse's health. ... Read More

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Blanket Fraud?

October 06, 2000

All blankets are not created equal. This is especially true for blanket manufacturing company Rose America Corp., which discovered blankets they didn't make were being sold in packages bearing a photo copied directly from Rose America packaging.... Read More

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Mild Winter Brings Early Onslaught of Mosquitoes: Have Equids Vaccinated Against Sleeping Sickness

April 01, 2000

After a mild winter, Louisiana already has reported its first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), or "sleeping sickness" in a six-year-old unvaccinated Shetland pony in Vernon Parish, adjacent to Texas' Newton County. "We recommend that... Read More

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Winter Shelter

December 01, 1999

On long winter nights, would our horses rather be outside or warm and dry in a barn?... Read More

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Blanket Coverage for Your Horse

November 01, 1999

Horse blanket manufacturers have taken advantage of many of the warm, lightweight fabrics developed for skiers, incorporating them into stormproof, windproof, chafeproof, practically bulletproof creations which, while marvels of engineering, can put ... Read More

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Giving Horses Warm Water

February 01, 1999

I've heard it's necessary to give horses warm drinking water in the winter. Is this true? And if so, how warm should it be? Do you have any suggestions on how I can keep my horse's drinking water warm when it's freezing outside?... Read More

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Chewing And Weather Changes

February 01, 1999

Does your horse have unexplained, occasional cravings for woody snacks? Gourmet items such as Fence Board Flambé, Stall Door Surprise, and Tree Trunk Tantalizers? If so, it could be the weather!

Explained Wayne Loch, PhD (Animal... Read More

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10 Tips For Winter Hoof Care

January 01, 1999

Does the sound of sleigh bells set your nerves on edge, anticipating a wreck on the icy patch down the road? Do you dream of the day next spring when you will be able to see your horse below his knees? Do you lie awake at night designing... Read More

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Indoor Exercise In Winter

December 01, 1998

Training programs often are affected by cold, rainy weather or deep snow during the winter, but the primary concern when planning a wintertime workout is the footing that your horse will encounter. Although winter weather brings... Read More

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Stormy Weather and Horses

December 01, 1998

The good news is that horses are naturally well-equipped to weather practically everything that winter can dish out. They are far more tolerant of cold conditions than we poor hairless humans are; in fact, horses tend to be far more stressed by heat ... Read More

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Frozen Pipes...Are You Prepared For Winter?

November 13, 1998

On February 5, 1996, Freddie and Erica Chalmers of South Carolina went off to work as they would any other day. However, this would be no ordinary day for the Chalmerses. When they returned home that evening, their home had... Read More

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Warming Up In Winter

February 01, 1998

Before the summer Olympic Games were held in Atlanta, Ga., considerable research effort went into studying how the horse is affected by heat and humidity. As a result of this research, veterinarians at the Olympics were well prepared to help the... Read More

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Frostbite in Horses

February 01, 1998

Although frostbite in healthy horses is quite uncommon, certain conditions can place horses at risk.... Read More

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Winter Hoof Care For Horses

January 01, 1998

What can you do to prepare your horses' feet for winter? Here are a few tips.... Read More

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Should I Blanket My Horse?

November 01, 1997

I have a 4-year-old Thoroughbred filly that I am preparing for winter. When is it appropriate to blanket her, and when would she be better off without a blanket? ... Read More