Bulking Up

Do you offer your horses extra feed as winter approaches?

Yes, my horse always loses weight in winter, so I try to bulk him up ahead of time.
Yes, but only if I notice his weight dropping during Autumn.
No, my horse's rations remain the same.
No, my horse is on a weight loss regimen right now.

Total votes cast: 641

Comments & Write-in Answers

I feed only a little extra, sometimes . Rugging up saves money on extra feed.

10/17/2011 10:45:58 PM

Once the temps drop below freezing however, that will change.

10/17/2011 10:37:53 PM

I give more hay not grain

10/17/2011 7:40:56 PM

So Fl no problemsmin feeding regime

10/17/2011 5:20:37 PM

Feeding stays same unless weather is extreme, then increase hay/grain

10/17/2011 5:03:59 PM

When the horse is on a good plan of nutrition that suits him adjustments are only needed in extreme

10/17/2011 4:17:12 PM

I also feed extra during below 0 days

10/17/2011 3:48:28 PM

I only give extra during winter months for warmth

10/17/2011 3:42:51 PM

When cold he always has high fiber forage to generate body heat

10/17/2011 3:06:12 PM

I adjust the feed amount accordingly and increase the hay unless they are wasting it.

10/17/2011 1:39:34 PM

only feed more if rainy, windy or below freezing

10/17/2011 1:26:52 PM

my horse is 21 so i kinda keep a better/ closer eye on her then the other young ones.

10/17/2011 8:05:23 AM

They get more hay and a small increase in pelleted feed.

10/17/2011 6:10:46 AM

important to stay ahead of the increased caloric burn from cold

10/16/2011 10:03:18 PM

My horses are WELL fed, they are under a vet's diet plan.

10/16/2011 10:03:08 PM

Increase hay and add soy meal for additional protein source.

10/16/2011 8:59:56 PM

yes but he usually ends up gaining too much weight, however, if I don't offer extra he drops weight

10/16/2011 6:31:39 PM

it helped me and my horse a lot with his eye problems!!!

10/16/2011 3:49:50 PM

Feed more hay as it gets colder & more snow;also vita/mineral/salt supplement

10/16/2011 10:51:53 AM

Hay and beet pulp first

10/15/2011 3:10:11 PM

My mare is a hard keeper, so she gets a higher fat & carb feed & a half measure of crimpt oats.

10/15/2011 10:44:31 AM

I live in the

10/14/2011 10:22:08 PM

I feed extra only if it's cold. My horses are always on the fleshy side of optiuim.

10/14/2011 8:13:56 PM

yes, to prevent weight loss and create heat

10/14/2011 6:32:23 PM

My horses are very well fed, I feed on demand

10/14/2011 3:08:17 PM

Actually, all of the above. I hav four horses.

10/14/2011 11:21:20 AM

Feed more, especially beet pulp to help with fiber intake, as well as feeding more hay for roughage.

10/14/2011 11:16:56 AM

After one bad year I make sure my horse is good weight or a little extra before winter comes

10/14/2011 3:00:35 AM

I monitor her weight daily and balance loss of grass with more hay.

10/13/2011 8:28:46 PM

They are at their heaviest now. They'll lose the fat over the cold winter, even with extra hay

10/13/2011 7:35:42 PM

as days get colder, they get more hay

10/13/2011 7:19:26 PM

If I noticed a decline in his weight I would increase his hay.

10/13/2011 6:06:35 PM

Cold here! Heavy in October=just right in May for breeding season

10/13/2011 5:59:20 PM

Southern California weather isn't stressful except for ill or old horses.

10/13/2011 5:04:00 PM

Increase hay over grain based on weight or extreme cold for warmth

10/13/2011 5:01:47 PM

They don't loose weight,but I increase feed for cold weather

10/13/2011 1:05:32 PM

my horses get a good diet and their condition remains stable all year round

10/13/2011 2:12:18 AM

feed good quality hay and have good pasture so luckily I don't have to suppliment with much feed.

10/12/2011 10:48:49 PM

I don't up his grain but offer more hay and add timothy/alfalfa haycubes.

10/12/2011 10:20:38 PM

I only grain when needed. Usually in winter and when hay quality is poor, or when in training.

10/12/2011 8:04:15 PM

Depending on the weather as to how much energy they need I feed accordingly.

10/12/2011 5:20:13 PM

extra hay for warmth and to hold weight

10/12/2011 3:38:47 PM

The horses require more feed to keep warm in the cold weather.

10/12/2011 3:13:56 PM

I rug horse up well,

10/12/2011 1:53:59 PM

Ours are on pasture, senior feed as needed, and salt. Hay use starts when pastures go down.

10/12/2011 1:07:49 PM

Feed grain supplement when temps drop to assist in maintaining body heat.

10/12/2011 12:34:39 PM

my older horse needs bulking up before winter approaches

10/12/2011 9:52:18 AM

One horse has a thyroid condition and is on meds. The other is an easy keeper!

10/12/2011 9:13:56 AM

Yes, although he eats like a pig year round!!!!

10/12/2011 7:54:29 AM

I start feeding three times a day when the grass is gone. Monitor weight closely for gain or lose.

10/12/2011 7:49:02 AM

depends on their optimum weight

10/12/2011 4:36:58 AM

I monitor weight carefully and increase forage as the grass looses it's nutritional value

10/12/2011 1:57:46 AM

Most are free choice year round. Those on restricted diets get more when cold.

10/12/2011 12:24:42 AM

I feed extra feed for warmth.

10/11/2011 11:33:23 PM

I live in AZ, weather is moderate so no need to put extra fat on the horses.

10/11/2011 9:57:49 PM

our horses always go into winter bulked up.

10/11/2011 9:04:49 PM

Usually don't need to as they work less in the winter

10/11/2011 8:11:46 PM

Some of my horses automatically get larger rations when the weather turns cold, some don't.

10/11/2011 8:09:22 PM

Different regimen for different horses...

10/11/2011 8:04:31 PM

Our winter weather is only 10-20 degrees cooler than summer.

10/11/2011 7:21:20 PM

we add etra fedeed as when the weather gets cold .Autumn in lower mMichigan is not cold enuf tor

10/11/2011 6:35:14 PM

i watch all my horses throughout the year & adjust rations accordingly.

10/11/2011 5:29:42 PM

I also watch the severity of the weather. To make adequate heat, the horse has to have more calories

10/11/2011 5:01:38 PM

She's on limited pasture-daughter told me that she was too fat.Other horse is IR-so no grass for him

10/11/2011 4:57:28 PM

No exra grain, but hay in his paddock to help him stay warm

10/11/2011 4:50:32 PM

They are usually fatter going into winter

10/11/2011 4:46:08 PM

This answer cannot be generalized as I have 15 horses of different ages from 1 year to 29 years.

10/11/2011 4:35:02 PM

Yes, I live in a cold/sometimes snow climate. I feed extra roughage to maintain weight.

10/11/2011 4:29:57 PM

Maybe just a little, bu always make sure they have all the hay they can eat.

10/11/2011 4:29:40 PM

Mainly extra hay because the grass all but stops growing.

10/11/2011 4:23:07 PM


10/11/2011 4:16:08 PM

Much easier to maintain wgt that is already there!

10/11/2011 4:11:46 PM

my horses are always fat going into winter as I have a lot of pasture with rich grass.

10/11/2011 4:08:12 PM

Hard-to-maintain Thoroughbred mare needs every calorie I can convince her to eat!

10/11/2011 4:04:22 PM

they all a little chunky already

10/11/2011 3:58:57 PM

depends on the horse

10/11/2011 3:47:45 PM

just increased hay, not grain

10/11/2011 3:40:54 PM

more feed when it's cold to help them stay warm without losing weight.

10/11/2011 3:39:24 PM

we typically start offering more free choice hay. Keep the grain the same.

10/11/2011 3:37:03 PM

My horses don't lose weight in winter but I know they need more calories to keep warm.

10/11/2011 3:33:16 PM

I feed more oat hay and less alfalfa cubes because they arn't working as much

10/11/2011 3:13:47 PM

They have hay around the clock

10/11/2011 3:05:02 PM


10/11/2011 3:01:32 PM

Same rations in winter with heavy blankets 20 yrs.

10/11/2011 2:54:15 PM

As needed - not automatic especailly if they are getting quality hay!

10/11/2011 2:23:48 PM

Yes, I increase roughage to keep the "furnace" burning warm.

10/11/2011 2:05:18 PM

We keep our horse as lean as possible, it is just healthier.

10/11/2011 1:39:56 PM

skiiny TB needs feeding even in summer

10/11/2011 12:40:48 PM

Through the year in Canada weather varies up to 70 degrees celcius!

10/11/2011 12:30:18 PM

My horse has 24/7 access to hay and the small amount of grain is increased.

10/11/2011 11:22:27 AM

All 4 horses are on a weight reduction plan!

10/11/2011 10:48:33 AM

Change from pasture to hay, comapre weight to prior yr records and adjust feed as needed.

10/11/2011 10:26:18 AM

My TB gelding is a hard keeper in the winter, so he gets extra leading up to the cold.

10/11/2011 9:14:50 AM