Ready for Winter?

How do you winterize your horses and barn?
(Check all that apply)

Put heaters in water troughs or buckets
Clip my horse's winter coat and get blankets out of storage
Modify feed to increase my horse's caloric intake
Other (please specify below)
All of the above
None of the above

Total votes cast: 1287

Comments & Write-in Answers

Continue weighing and assessing BCS weekly to determine if current feed is adequate for needs.

12/3/2012 11:21:25 PM

Make sure they have plenty of hay and warm water

12/3/2012 10:26:25 PM

put up 4x8 sheets of plywood on areas of fence to create additional wind breaks

12/3/2012 10:17:51 PM

separate feeding of each horse, add supplements and test hay , have vet check mouths and float

12/3/2012 9:42:41 PM

Blanket and stall more

12/3/2012 9:06:47 PM

More roughage. That is it. Nothing else as they have shelter they can go under, in and out.

12/3/2012 8:44:49 PM

offer a couple of different types of hot toddies - 1/2 scoop bran, 1 oz. salt & 1/2 cup molasses in

12/3/2012 8:36:52 PM

Make sure they have access to salt; offer warm water

12/3/2012 8:36:30 PM

Make sure they have shelter from wind and rain at all times!!

12/3/2012 8:34:55 PM

Add blankets if necessary as they cannot move around as much in a stable to keep war

12/3/2012 8:34:42 PM

feed extra salt - use blankets WITH winter coat

12/3/2012 8:29:15 PM

So Calif. desert mild winter. Horses have choice of stalls- blanket only if showing or snowing(rare)

12/3/2012 7:53:46 PM

mu guys like to be outside whenever they can

12/3/2012 6:56:28 PM

Blankets, water bucket Cozies, and increased hay.

12/3/2012 6:50:21 PM

Blanket early to prevent excessive winter coat

12/3/2012 6:26:59 PM

Heavier blankets and more feed. Also stock up on stuff that helps mud fever....

12/3/2012 5:55:19 PM

I use waterproof blankets also

12/3/2012 5:54:13 PM

More hay as the temperature drops. Blankets only when very cold and windy.

12/3/2012 5:37:27 PM

put on blankets, but do not clip hair

12/3/2012 5:36:30 PM

Salt with iodine, free choice hay, lots of clean drinking water

12/3/2012 5:26:54 PM

install interior wall panels to reduce draft

12/3/2012 3:08:13 PM

put winter shoes on horses that are ridden with snow pads and borium

12/3/2012 1:41:38 PM

I blanket my horse, but he doesn't get body clipped

12/3/2012 1:15:12 PM

spread limestone to fill in puddles that may ice up in turn-out/gate areas.

12/3/2012 12:05:49 PM

Have Nelson wateres so only turn it on, turn out sheets for very bad weather conditions only

12/2/2012 5:46:23 PM

sheets, blankets and hoods and close them in when really cold. In/out 24/7 until snow flies

12/2/2012 5:30:08 PM

Make sure blankets still fit and are in warm storage for the truly nasty MN weather.

12/2/2012 11:51:28 AM

prevent a windy barn

12/1/2012 11:16:50 PM

Insulate daysheds with straw; bring into barn stalls during severe cold/storms of -0 degree temps

12/1/2012 4:38:53 PM

Don't clip, but dress in moderate weight, waterproof winter blankets. Hot water beet pulp.

12/1/2012 12:36:40 PM

shift to stalling at night from 24 hour T/O

12/1/2012 9:23:36 AM

keep low protein hay in barn. when cold weather hits i allow horses free access to this hay .

11/30/2012 10:35:30 PM

My horses are out 24/7 with a run in shed.

11/30/2012 8:53:29 PM

Winter means more hay and blankets on my older friends

11/30/2012 7:48:28 PM

Get blankets out of storage, no clipping. Clean gutters, check downspouts.

11/30/2012 6:51:18 PM

2 out of the 3

11/30/2012 6:33:53 PM

We live in central Florida, so this is not a problem.

11/30/2012 4:16:00 PM

hot water heated every early morning to take out to my mini

11/30/2012 3:55:45 PM

feed warm water

11/30/2012 2:49:35 PM

Homestead, FL - Bodyclip early Nov - Too much hair for our average temps - Blanket as needed

11/30/2012 12:50:47 PM

Blankets/neck covers ,ready snow handling tools/plow,install pumphouse heater, check all fences

11/30/2012 12:01:23 PM

more water, clean blankets, have hay ready, vet check since my pony is old.

11/30/2012 10:39:23 AM

Don't clip but get blankets ready

11/30/2012 10:15:10 AM

Depending on the night temp., as to whether they have blankets on.

11/30/2012 9:51:20 AM

I don't 'clip' my horses coats (they have very fine coats as is) I brush them(daily and blanket them

11/30/2012 9:43:55 AM


11/30/2012 9:32:16 AM

Feed hay

11/30/2012 8:21:16 AM

Give more hay on cold nights. I live in FL...not cold every day or night here

11/30/2012 7:48:29 AM

I leave them out and provide shelter

11/30/2012 7:20:27 AM

Dewormed, blankets ready, horses not clipped.

11/29/2012 10:03:19 PM

we use Nelson self waters that are heated & the horses are outside pretty much 24/7

11/29/2012 9:28:42 PM

Use beeswax on their soles to prevent hard pack icing.

11/29/2012 9:19:12 PM

trace clip only, never full body

11/29/2012 9:06:25 PM

Provide run in shelter southern exposure

11/29/2012 9:06:20 PM

Install the storm windows.

11/29/2012 8:47:35 PM

We live in Florida. This is our riding season.

11/29/2012 7:53:47 PM

get out the rainproof light blankets

11/29/2012 7:27:26 PM

keep out free choice salt MIX and unlimited water to keep them hydrated

11/29/2012 7:22:50 PM

we use automatic waterers, feed round bales free choice and I cook their oats for the morning feed.

11/29/2012 7:14:58 PM

I would also blanket but the mare refuses to wear it, so I let her grow a long hair coat.

11/29/2012 7:00:28 PM

Keep horses in, and blanketed

11/29/2012 5:40:35 PM

Blanket and keep in at night

11/29/2012 5:07:46 PM

Add blankets w/o clipping

11/29/2012 5:07:45 PM

I wish I had horses!

11/29/2012 4:33:28 PM

De-worming, blankets cleaned, cleaning barn heaters

11/29/2012 3:41:14 PM

Horses are given free choice of hay, round bales.

11/29/2012 2:06:15 PM

blankets, more hay

11/29/2012 11:53:57 AM

cover windows,empty hoses at night,add salt to water buckets,heat tackroom,close external doors

11/29/2012 10:44:34 AM

Heat barn above freezing. Blankets. Timed lights.

11/29/2012 9:58:14 AM

bring them into the barn in inclement weather

11/29/2012 9:37:42 AM

Feed additional hay for warmth

11/29/2012 8:11:26 AM

make sure they have a lot of hay in nibble nets so they are able to eat all the time

11/29/2012 7:45:58 AM

Put on rug, but don't clip horse's coat

11/29/2012 2:43:53 AM

Add some extra hay to ramp up equine heater.

11/29/2012 2:36:15 AM

move horses to turnout lots with sheds, pull shoes, layer waterproof blankets

11/29/2012 12:48:50 AM

Blanket when it's wet and below 60 degrees.

11/28/2012 11:58:37 PM

Live in AZ desert, winter is mild; most I ever did was blanket senior horses (I don't have any now)

11/28/2012 11:50:27 PM

Bring my 26 yr old Morgan mare in the barn at night so she can stay warm, dry and eat in peace.

11/28/2012 11:21:44 PM

Get the blanket ready just in case!

11/28/2012 10:42:30 PM

keep barn door closed at night

11/28/2012 10:05:46 PM

get out winter blankets (no clipping of winter coat typically)

11/28/2012 9:56:26 PM

blankets, but I don't clip

11/28/2012 9:50:56 PM

Our temperatures rarely dip below 32. But we use waterproof sheets if moisture is expected.

11/28/2012 9:49:35 PM

Live in SoCal so only need to Provide shelter

11/28/2012 9:04:13 PM

Start putting training above all else

11/28/2012 8:38:47 PM

Close all doors in the night

11/28/2012 8:00:54 PM

Provide hay and barn on demand

11/28/2012 7:26:51 PM

If horses have no shelter, add warm water to horse buckets and put on blankets without clipping.

11/28/2012 7:25:55 PM

I live in Arizona, just blankets and we're good!

11/28/2012 6:50:29 PM

Make sure there is easy access to dry draft free area in barn and stock tank is ice free.

11/28/2012 6:45:09 PM

I up the roughage with beet pulp and chopped hay

11/28/2012 6:36:44 PM

Bring them in the barn at night. They wear blankets in very cold weather (sub-30 degrees).

11/28/2012 5:47:54 PM

Provide warmer bedding.

11/28/2012 2:55:03 PM

Increase hay and feed hay 3x day in extreme weather

11/28/2012 2:00:42 PM

Let my horses grow longer hair and blanket my senior guy

11/28/2012 1:48:34 PM

My barn provides fresh warm H2O 3x daily; good quality hay; I use different blankets based on temps

11/28/2012 1:23:33 PM

Put up wind barriers over windows, siding and run-ins.Provide mud free area around hay feeder

11/28/2012 12:32:33 PM

I also add a little more salt to my horses' feed to increase fluid intake.

11/28/2012 12:18:33 PM

Provide free access hay to all of the horses.

11/28/2012 11:50:34 AM

Salt blocks

11/28/2012 11:13:59 AM

blankets during cold, windy conditions

11/28/2012 11:12:18 AM

provide wind breaks

11/28/2012 10:54:18 AM

feed probiotic, feed beet pulp

11/28/2012 10:48:59 AM

blanket older horse who is chronically thin

11/28/2012 10:32:35 AM

Horses both mid 20s. Bring in when cold, run-ins otherwise. Do not clip, but blanket if needed.

11/28/2012 10:23:43 AM

Only increase feed to compensate for loss of forage in the fields as they are grazed down.

11/28/2012 10:13:53 AM

Increase feed storage, turn on lights more often

11/28/2012 9:11:50 AM

I do blankets but other than that no worries as I'm in Florida!

11/28/2012 9:06:30 AM

Living in Texas there really isn't much to do to winterize!

11/28/2012 8:49:23 AM

Additional mid day feeding of grass hay and blanket when the temp drops to 15 degrees

11/28/2012 8:39:03 AM

horses out 24/7 but in during bad weather, heated buckets for stalls, auto waterers outside

11/28/2012 8:11:19 AM

Get blankets ready, but don't clip.

11/28/2012 8:09:12 AM

Check all areas for potential ice buildup and treat with small gravel

11/28/2012 8:05:23 AM

lots of hugs and candy

11/28/2012 7:51:49 AM

change bulbs in tackroom to heatlamps . store hoses coiled under the heatlamp.

11/28/2012 7:45:00 AM

free choice grass hay to make up for lack in winter pasture, incr. feed more calories for old mares

11/28/2012 7:26:58 AM

I do not clip, but I do blanket when temps get down in 20s or below or when below 40 and raining

11/28/2012 7:25:17 AM

ensure adequate shelter from all sides, bedded with straw, removal of all turds on regular basis.

11/28/2012 7:13:51 AM

take daily water when troughs frozen. rug more when colder=layer rugs.

11/28/2012 6:41:24 AM

Boarded. Barn and horses superbly taken care of. No blankets, great winter coat.

11/28/2012 1:26:54 AM

in crease hay intake so they it during the nite to help increase body temp. during chill nite hours.

11/28/2012 1:19:38 AM

Blanket, shoe with pads, free choice hay, extra bedding in shelters, close up barn

11/28/2012 1:17:04 AM

Add salt daily to grain

11/27/2012 11:56:36 PM

I don't clip my horses coat, because we live in Alaska, but I do put blankets on!

11/27/2012 11:32:19 PM

I get blankets out to use but we don't clip our horses

11/27/2012 11:29:19 PM

Take them off pasture and blanket--- no clip

11/27/2012 11:21:30 PM

Increase hay, use Bucket Cozy to keep water ice-free, put tails in mud knots once ground gets sloppy

11/27/2012 11:12:29 PM

increase hay as temp. decreases

11/27/2012 11:05:02 PM

No barn, live outside 24/7. Good feed, health maintenance equal happy horses.

11/27/2012 10:45:12 PM

Keep East and West doors to barn closed tightly. Put bales of straw at base of doors to block wind.

11/27/2012 10:21:22 PM

Make sure they have 24 hr access to hay and a good hair coat.

11/27/2012 10:16:13 PM

We only blanket if it's cold, wet and windy.

11/27/2012 9:07:24 PM

modify feed by increasing hay

11/27/2012 9:06:46 PM

Feed suppliments for joints, senior, harmony, digestion.

11/27/2012 8:59:42 PM

just feed more oart hay and less alfalfa cubes

11/27/2012 8:54:10 PM

I use winter to get some of my horses to lose weight

11/27/2012 8:35:10 PM

Get the winter blankets out

11/27/2012 8:28:40 PM

Blanket horses, reduce drafts, heat tapes, blow out lines, increase hay

11/27/2012 8:25:12 PM

Get out the heavier blankets and dress them according to the weather

11/27/2012 8:14:40 PM

We let their coats grow out, but on icy days we put blankets on.

11/27/2012 8:14:38 PM

My horses are ranch horses and stay out in the pasture the year around.

11/27/2012 8:09:05 PM

add a rainproof coat when weather gets bad enough but don't clip

11/27/2012 8:08:38 PM

turn heaters on in the automatic waterers inside and out

11/27/2012 8:05:56 PM

I don't clip my horse's winter coat but I do have turnout blankets if needed.

11/27/2012 7:57:38 PM

Winter turnout blankets & increase hay fed everyday

11/27/2012 7:54:08 PM

live in Florida, don't have freezing temps to often but coats do need to be clipped

11/27/2012 7:53:05 PM

Do maintenance on barn and fences; clean any dust and cobwebs;make sure I've got enough hay in.

11/27/2012 7:47:52 PM

pull shoes off

11/27/2012 7:39:13 PM

They have a three sided shelter and blankets ready just in case I need them.

11/27/2012 7:21:35 PM

feed higher quality hay to replace pasture, supplement black oiler sunflower seeds

11/27/2012 7:18:36 PM

Add whole corn to their feed.

11/27/2012 7:12:14 PM

offer warm water several times daily, blanket according to weather,bed stalls deeply,give extra hay

11/27/2012 7:07:34 PM

Heat tape & Insulation on the water pumps. Vet wrap works great to keep the insulation on the pumps

11/27/2012 7:00:49 PM

Keep them fluffy.Blankets on cold nights.All the hay they want.Don't clip.Access to shelter.

11/27/2012 7:00:20 PM

Increase Hay as the weather gets colder, grain stays the same

11/27/2012 6:54:28 PM

Blankets and blanket liners

11/27/2012 6:43:28 PM

blanket when very windy and cold. open stalls so they can go in at will

11/27/2012 6:26:03 PM

my 4 horses are out 24/7 all winter up to -35C.

11/27/2012 6:24:41 PM


11/27/2012 6:18:16 PM

put out round bales of good hay, so they can free feed

11/27/2012 6:17:19 PM

Just feed free choice hay

11/27/2012 6:14:01 PM

Remove shoes

11/27/2012 5:59:56 PM

In South Florida we don't have much to do. Blanket a few days out of the year and turn off the fans.

11/27/2012 5:57:33 PM

I put out heated and unheated water buckets giving them the choice. Increase hay available to them.

11/27/2012 5:54:15 PM

move to small sacrifice pasture(s)

11/27/2012 5:52:14 PM

I get blankets out and put them on, weight of them depends on how cold it is.

11/27/2012 5:48:49 PM

Deeper bedding in stalls

11/27/2012 5:47:02 PM

Put good quality insulated blankets on horses.

11/27/2012 5:45:21 PM

They are out 24/7-365 with run-ins

11/27/2012 5:40:27 PM

I have heated water lines & otherwise my horse is okay

11/27/2012 5:36:31 PM

ck blankets

11/27/2012 5:22:10 PM

We discontinued blanketing we don't show much in the winter.

11/27/2012 5:19:34 PM

Bring in at night.

11/27/2012 5:12:50 PM

Heated water tub is a lifesaver.

11/27/2012 5:07:15 PM

winter blanket, especially in rain

11/27/2012 5:06:59 PM

Snow pads on the hoof

11/27/2012 5:04:15 PM

No clipping for Arabians, but frequent blanketing when 35 degrees or less.

11/27/2012 4:50:23 PM

Don't clip, just use blankets & more hay

11/27/2012 4:37:34 PM

I live in Hawaii at 4500 ft. I pay extra attention to body weight under winter coat.

11/27/2012 4:32:10 PM

Lots of hay

11/27/2012 4:26:08 PM

increase hay and beet pulp, not grain

11/27/2012 4:00:53 PM

deep warm bedding in the run-in shed, shoes off, free-fed hay, remove electric fence,

11/27/2012 2:12:01 PM

Feed more hay to help her keep warm and heat the water as needed so she drinks plenty

11/27/2012 1:05:33 PM

I let my horses hair up and allow bridle path, whiskers to grow out for more protection.

11/27/2012 11:37:25 AM

stays in at night to maintant weight

11/27/2012 11:34:02 AM

Only modify feed as needed, ie for older horses or those under stress

11/27/2012 11:16:33 AM

get out blankets for the wet days

11/27/2012 11:11:23 AM

Winter's are rarely bad in Upstate S C. Horses live with us & keeping ice off them is only concern.

11/27/2012 11:08:17 AM

making sure they have all the hay they want to keep them warm,have run in sheds for them

11/27/2012 10:47:05 AM

Routine barn maintenance as well

11/27/2012 10:03:34 AM

float teeth, deworm, make repairs to barn

11/27/2012 9:29:59 AM


11/27/2012 9:12:47 AM

Varies just depending on the horse, but a horse needs his haircoat for the winter.

11/27/2012 9:08:52 AM

The coldest it gets here (central Mexico) is mid-50s. Don't make any changes.

11/27/2012 8:50:02 AM

Don't clip but get rain sheets out and make sure they have a fresh salt block to make them drink!

11/27/2012 8:40:48 AM

Put up Tarps and HD plastic

11/27/2012 8:19:30 AM

just blanket during cold nights

11/27/2012 7:34:15 AM

Moved to north Georgia

11/27/2012 7:33:24 AM

Feed extra hay but it doesn't get very cold here, just wet

11/27/2012 3:27:12 AM

No clip, but add turnout blankets (24/7 in pasture.)

11/27/2012 2:55:24 AM

Double check fences, overhanging trees, insulate water troughs & faucets, float teeth.

11/27/2012 1:15:42 AM

Add salt or electrolytes to keep water intake up.

11/27/2012 12:33:57 AM

horses are on range grass with hay and Crystalyx 14% protein supplement

11/27/2012 12:30:43 AM

Modify feed to increase my horses' fibre intake as the fermentation of fibre helps to heat the horse

11/27/2012 12:15:17 AM

blanket on wet and cold days and nights and when snowing.

11/27/2012 12:05:40 AM

Shelter in pasture

11/27/2012 12:05:09 AM