Winter Care

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Should I Fatten My Horse Up Before Winter?

November 19, 2017

Learn the correct body condition score for a horse going into the cold months from Dr. Clair Thunes.... Read More

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How Does Forage Keep Horses Warm?

November 17, 2017

Dr. Clair Thunes explains how eating hay and the digestion process helps keep horses warm.... 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

Horses require more calories to stay warm during cold weather, and digestion aids in thermoregulation. Ample access to forage, such as free-fed hay, helps horses keep warm during chilly winter days.

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Feeding Your Horse During the Winter

November 09, 2017

How can you make sure your horse is getting the nutrition he needs during the cold months? Ask our equine nutritionist!... 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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Chore-Efficient Winter Water Supply Ideas

November 02, 2017

Now is the time to evaluate how your watering system will work for you and your horse this winter. ... 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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Cold Weather and Fresh Horses

January 26, 2017

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

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Winter Management for the Outdoor Horse

December 21, 2016

Many horses are well-equipped to live outdoors and thrive, provided certain provisions are met. Here's what to remember.... Read More

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Risks Associated With Feeding Horses Traditional Bran Mashes

December 12, 2016

While steeped in tradition, feeding bran mashes can cause GI distress in horses. Learn why, and discover alternatives.... Read More

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Managing Barns and Buildings During the Winter

December 10, 2016

Take steps to ensure your barns, arenas, and other structures stay safe when cold and snow abound.... 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, 2016

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

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Six Things Your Horse Really Wants for Christmas

December 01, 2016

Tractors, breeches, and horse-themed jewelry might make up your wish list. But what would your horse ask Santa for?... Read More