Poll

Winter Horse Care Concerns

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

Keeping water troughs from freezing
34%
190
Providing, warm, dry blankets
7%
39
Forage feeding frequency
17%
92
Keeping ice balls from forming in hooves
10%
54
Slipping on ice
33%
181

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