Winter Care


Water Access in Winter

December 07, 2004

Make sure horses have good access to water and are drinking. They drink less during cold or wet weather, but still need an adequate supply or they may become impacted. ... Read More


Winter Respiratory Health

December 01, 2004

If a horse is confined in a barn during winter, he is at risk for respiratory problems. ... Read More


Blankets and Blanketing

November 22, 2004

Most outdoor horses are better off without blankets, but a blanket can help keep a horse comfortable when trailering, during a severe winter storm, or when a horse is sick and having trouble staying warm. A clipped horse will need a blanket in cold w... Read More


Feeding in Winter

November 16, 2004

A horse's nutrient requirements increase with cold weather; he needs more calories to generate heat to keep warm. Mature horses in good condition usually don't need grain, however, if they have good winter pasture or grass hay. A little alfalfa hay... Read More


Fall and Winter Bring Forage Risks

November 10, 2004

Now that we've had our first frost in Central Kentucky (and many areas have had more than that), your pastures might be higher in carbohydrates and thus more dangerous for laminitic and/or metabolically challenged horses (such as Cushingoid... Read More


Winter Riding

November 03, 2004

Give your horse longer warm-up and cooling-out time in cold weather to prevent tendon injury. Frozen ground, cold temperatures, and stiff tendons (not warmed up) can result in damage or even a bowed tendon. ... Read More


Winter Skin Problems

October 27, 2004

Some of the skin problems that can plague a horse in winter are ringworm, lice, and mites. Ringworm is a skin disease caused by a fungus, and many kinds are contagious to other animals and to humans.... Read More


Horse Care in the Fall

September 28, 2004

Fall deworming is important; winter is usually when internal parasites do the most damage and rob the horse of vital nutrients. By fall the worm eggs and larvae eaten during spring and summer have matured and are living in the digestive tract unless ... Read More


Prepare for Winter Now

September 01, 2004

Summer might still be going strong where you are, but we all know that sooner or later winter will be on its way, bringing shorter days, colder temperatures, and in many regions, snow and ice. For horse owners, winter is a true test of one's... Read More


West Nile Virus Found in Overwintering Mosquito in Pennsylvania

February 26, 2003

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Lehigh County West Nile virus (WNV) personnel detected WNV in a Catasaqua Borough mosquito pool.

The West Nile virus workers were collecting samples to determine the status of the... Read More


Ice, Snow, Cold Hit Horse Country Hard

February 19, 2003

From Kentucky up through New York, the recent winter storm’s ice and snow has caused major problems for horse owners and those in the horse business. In Kentucky, an inch or more of ice coated every surface starting Feb. 16, causing power lines... Read More


Sallee On the Road, Barely

February 18, 2003

Robert Maxwell, owner of Sallee Van company in Lexington, said generators are keeping the phones, lights, and a little heat on in the office, but downed trees are keeping larger trucks in the parking lot.

"We can’t get the big trucks of... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


Wintering a Geriatric Horse

December 01, 2001

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


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


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


Winter Stress

November 01, 2000

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


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


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


Winter Shelter

December 01, 1999

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