Food for Fuel

How do you maintain your horse's healthy body score when temperatures dip?
(Select all that apply)

Keep regular feed schedule but increase hay/forage by a measured amount
Feed extra hay/forage meal, especially on extra-cold days
Increase calorie intake through grain-based or fat-derived feeds or supplements
Blanket horse to retain body heat
Keep horses indoors during coldest part of the day
Other (please explain below)

Total votes cast: 1841

Comments & Write-in Answers

Feed more hay on cold nights, but in FL its harder to maintain weight in summer heat and humidity

1/2/2012 11:20:07 PM

If its cold and raining they get stalled at night and a rain blanket during the day

1/2/2012 7:57:02 PM

varies by need for our rescues.

1/2/2012 7:18:32 PM

Do not increase grain, but do add high-fat supplement for more energy. Horses are pasture-kept.

1/2/2012 5:45:53 PM

increase of unsoluble fiber by adding lower grade, more fibrous hay to their regular hay rations

1/2/2012 4:52:16 PM

Decisions are made day-to-day, especially with our temperature swings.

1/2/2012 4:28:00 PM

increase the times horse is fed so that they receive smaller portions more often

1/2/2012 3:47:29 PM

weight tape all horses weekly in the winter and adjust high fat/fiber and protein feed as needed

1/2/2012 1:08:53 PM

I give an extra flake of hay between midnight and 2am when the temperature drops below 18.

1/2/2012 11:42:15 AM

at the mercy of the boarding stable.

1/2/2012 1:51:09 AM

plenty of water warmed w/ bucket heater

1/1/2012 9:45:02 PM

Always have cool,not cold water available,and stall when snowing or raining

1/1/2012 9:33:03 PM

2 mile handwalk or 1 mile ride to increase heart rate for circulation/muscle building

1/1/2012 8:42:28 PM

My 28 yr old horse's feed freezes. So I feed more frequently also

1/1/2012 5:09:50 PM

tepid water

1/1/2012 11:31:30 AM

Mine are racing thoroughbreds that are allready at maximum calorie intake. ghbreds

1/1/2012 11:17:52 AM

Beet pulp, alfalfa pellets & Sr Feed soaked. Add oil. Provide several heated water tanks.

12/31/2011 11:52:37 PM

provide shelter against wind/rain

12/31/2011 10:59:31 PM

We usually feed our horses more hay/forage. We only blanket them when it gets REALLY cold.

12/31/2011 5:51:24 PM

Depending on the individual needs; age, condtion, etc.

12/31/2011 12:28:02 PM

provide water

12/31/2011 11:53:26 AM

My horses live out, but come for feeds am & pm, when they rechecked over & brushed. As grazing decre

12/31/2011 3:03:15 AM

Watch the Weather Channel, so we can be prepared.

12/30/2011 5:29:17 PM

Treat each horse's needs individually. They're all different.

12/30/2011 3:28:45 PM

Don't do much special. Keep water free, big round bale always available. Feed 1s a day.

12/30/2011 3:01:34 PM

Since digestion of hay produces heat, more hay will help comfort

12/30/2011 7:07:16 AM

Allow horses to grow winter coats and gain loft in hair to help insulate them from the cold.

12/30/2011 7:05:25 AM

AK: as much hay as they want-no blankets, working drafts kept weight on no problem

12/30/2011 4:22:32 AM

keep inside only during constant wind. Blanket only when stalled in temps lower than 10 degrees

12/29/2011 11:56:10 PM

Have free choice hay colder days they eat more Don't add grain add oil Blanket on individual basis

12/29/2011 7:57:43 PM

I blanket one.Have to be real careful with his food, else he'll founder.

12/29/2011 6:59:44 PM

Only blanket during extreme weather - windy and low 20s, snow

12/29/2011 4:29:06 PM

Extra roughage to keep the metabolizm up! No grain needed.

12/29/2011 2:29:56 PM

Ours are free-range, and ate extra in last winter's worst weather from their hay supply.

12/29/2011 1:47:31 PM

Make sure horse has a place to shelter from wind.

12/29/2011 12:08:31 PM


12/29/2011 3:28:35 AM

extrahay pellet mash at night check

12/29/2011 3:24:02 AM

Make sure water is a drinkable temperature

12/28/2011 10:50:20 PM

add hay and alfalfa cubes to compensate for no grass in winter, and make sure hes fat enough goingin

12/28/2011 8:08:06 PM

keep hay in front of them at all times.

12/28/2011 7:40:24 PM

only blanket with rain sheet for cold rain

12/28/2011 6:43:33 PM

Tepid water to drink several times a day

12/28/2011 5:36:17 PM

We try keep them from getting to fat , and to avoid colic we cut back on grain. We leave them up at

12/28/2011 5:10:53 PM

ad lib haylage

12/28/2011 4:20:50 PM

Regular feed schedule with free choice hay/forage.

12/28/2011 2:33:52 PM

continue exercise to maintain metabolism

12/28/2011 1:56:34 PM

24/7 turnout w/round bales. They self regulate eating. Grained a very small amt in the morning.

12/28/2011 11:57:31 AM

Snow is OK but freezing rain puts all my guys snug in the barn!

12/28/2011 10:28:39 AM

add 1 ear of field corn with their regular feeding

12/28/2011 9:52:47 AM

Not an issue where we live in the central Arizona desert.

12/28/2011 9:35:40 AM

Provide fresh water when horses come into stalls at night, rather than fill buckets in the morning.

12/28/2011 7:34:56 AM

I feed beet pulp/grain mix and lots and lots of hay. It's cold in WI, my horses have a run-in.

12/28/2011 7:20:30 AM

they live out so would put them in fields with hedges and trees

12/28/2011 5:05:09 AM

I always prepare for winter by feeding for it in fall! I ensure everyone has put on a few extra lbs.

12/28/2011 3:02:27 AM

Blankets, added hay to those on ration, free choice for others, barn horses stay in when really cold

12/28/2011 1:44:39 AM

Give horses a good run-in shelter out of wind and wet

12/28/2011 12:14:35 AM

When temps dip below freezing w/wind or rain, horses get a flake of alfalfa added at night feed.

12/27/2011 10:44:51 PM

beet pulp for hind gut digestion heat

12/27/2011 10:19:24 PM

More forage and ride less and/or more lightly-he needs his energy to stay warm.

12/27/2011 9:19:56 PM

Blanket and feed regular rations. Our horses are in exellent condition despite rough weather..

12/27/2011 9:06:37 PM

Use heated waterers, ccheck body condition by taking blanket off

12/27/2011 8:55:11 PM

Blanket only when absolutely necessary, like combination of wet, wind and cold.

12/27/2011 6:51:34 PM

If it is an older horse or one with other problems, we would add a blanket or two

12/27/2011 5:58:29 PM

blanket only when below zero or close to it

12/27/2011 5:56:25 PM

free choice hay, horses in with heatlamps at night, barn closed up when temps subzero

12/27/2011 5:54:16 PM

Weigh horses weekly

12/27/2011 5:17:49 PM

Free feed good quality forage and worry about weight in the spring

12/27/2011 4:10:32 PM

I blanket only when we have stong north winds with windchills around zero or below

12/27/2011 3:46:10 PM

Monitor weight regularly and compare that to prior yrs as another tool.

12/27/2011 3:22:27 PM

My horses have the option of going in their stalls in bad weather

12/27/2011 3:14:22 PM

assure plenty of ice-free water!

12/27/2011 2:52:14 PM

Increase amount of hay and add soybean oil to regualr feeding.

12/27/2011 2:49:49 PM

Groom to keep coat 'fluffy', not matted.

12/27/2011 1:57:06 PM

keep water heated

12/27/2011 1:22:48 PM

warm wet meals, extra salt, warm water

12/27/2011 11:43:25 AM

If brutally cold out, I soak alfalfa cubes in hot water and add it to their good quality grain.

12/27/2011 10:58:14 AM

extra oil for fat

12/27/2011 10:56:16 AM


12/27/2011 9:37:57 AM