Winter Horse Care Concerns

What's your biggest concern during the cold winter months?

Keeping water troughs from freezing
Providing, warm, dry blankets
Forage feeding frequency
Keeping ice balls from forming in hooves
Slipping on ice

Total votes cast: 556

Comments & Write-in Answers

Here in southeast Texas we don't get too much ice and snow.

1/16/2017 8:15:29 PM

My horses live outdoors, with a shelter to keep them from the elements. Slipping on ice is their onl

1/16/2017 4:13:03 PM

my 34 year old Fjord slipped on ice and fractured her pelvis had to be put down

1/16/2017 3:36:48 PM

large river runs along the property. Main source of water.

1/15/2017 1:22:24 AM

Everything can be managed except Mother Nature!

1/14/2017 4:27:23 PM

We free feed hay, have heated troughs and don't blanket.

1/14/2017 9:25:16 AM

Other: Collecting manure in muddy pens! I free feed/have tank deicers so that's taken care of.

1/13/2017 11:56:41 AM

Ice seems to go with Michigan winter

1/13/2017 11:17:44 AM

horses acting up because of boredom, weather, energy, etc and causing injuries, property damage

1/13/2017 9:49:22 AM

and keep my horses mentally/physically entertain in cold

1/13/2017 7:55:45 AM

All of the above.

1/12/2017 8:21:44 PM

Mud in January did not used to be a worry, but this year, it is the worst!

1/12/2017 8:09:47 PM

Slpping on ice & mud, also exercise & trying to keep my horses from depression.

1/12/2017 7:51:53 PM

Worse winter for ice in northern NY. Refreezes and covers up sand after applied. Dangerous.

1/12/2017 7:06:42 PM

Use sinking deicer, keeps water warmer. Trough in run in, insulated around outside, half top covered

1/12/2017 6:15:39 PM

Especially for senior horses

1/12/2017 4:51:51 PM

Had a mare go down with a pelvic injury by falling on ice-- took 2 years to recover

1/12/2017 4:51:41 PM

"Blankies on, Blankies off." And Arctic gear for their caregiver :-)

1/12/2017 4:47:51 PM

keeping horse hydrated in cold, no colic!

1/12/2017 3:52:47 PM

I can fix all the other choices listed but ice is harder to manage

1/12/2017 9:46:06 AM

I leave lots of extra flakes in the hay feeders outside & in their rooms to keep them busy & warm.

1/12/2017 9:27:47 AM

This year ice isbad, but also ice balls in hooves and frozen water troughs

1/12/2017 8:55:36 AM

It's scary for both my horses and me

1/12/2017 8:05:43 AM

I use a Tumble Feeder 24/7 to rinse hay to improve hydration without even getting your hands wet.

1/12/2017 6:39:02 AM

Keeping the ice broken and cleared on the water troughs when it gets well below freezing

1/11/2017 6:54:08 PM

Actually - ALL of the above !

1/11/2017 5:39:28 PM

'Tho pastures are seeded w/winter rye in AZ, still need to balance time on new graze

1/11/2017 5:22:03 PM

Unfortunately, am dealing with injured horse due to his falling on ice.

1/11/2017 4:41:22 PM

Here 15 °F is a warm day in Jan, healthy horses don't feel the cold until -5, water is vital to that

1/11/2017 4:32:56 PM

Making sure boarding barns provide enough hay.

1/11/2017 4:19:58 PM

keeping blankets waterproof during wet winters

1/11/2017 2:56:40 PM

Too much asphalt and cement to be able to treat it all makes us leary of slips & falls on icy paths.

1/11/2017 1:43:26 PM

Always concerned for footing, but water keeps everyone alive!

1/11/2017 12:28:47 PM

Blankets. GA resident so troughs don't freeze but OH the MUD!!!!

1/11/2017 12:06:10 PM

My horse is shod all around, so ice balls are a constant battle.

1/11/2017 11:48:36 AM

Predicting weather is the biggest obstacle - since weatherman usually wrong

1/11/2017 10:46:28 AM

In Alaska ice for 4 months of the year is normal. Ice balls can't be helped. Slipping however is bad

1/11/2017 4:25:49 AM

living in Fla you are never certain of the weather it may vary from 39 to 60 in a day to 80

1/10/2017 7:30:04 PM

I live in California so we only have a short freeze time water is a big concern.

1/10/2017 6:24:35 PM

Keeping the weight on my hard keeper

1/10/2017 5:15:57 PM

Barefoot,heated water,no blankets, free choice hay, but ice is a problem

1/10/2017 5:02:25 PM

Hard to choose as all are our concerns.

1/10/2017 4:48:40 PM

Adequate shelter - they don't like to wear blankets and arr 24/7 hour turnout

1/10/2017 3:46:15 PM

Feeding good quality forage without them getting too fat but still providing enough for 24 hours

1/10/2017 3:12:04 PM

Honestly trying to keep my horse calm during the cold, ice/muddy months is by far the hardest.

1/10/2017 2:41:43 PM

No freezing this winter in AZ desert so insuring horses drink enough water is #1 (need "other" tab!)

1/10/2017 12:34:19 PM

We're not set up with auto-waterers or heated systems, so buckets get checked often.

1/10/2017 11:48:14 AM

None are really a big concern here in SC. Ice balls when we do get snow.

1/10/2017 11:38:49 AM