As winter closes in around us, we have our warm winter clothing ready, hay in the barn, and the tractor and vehicles tuned up for the season. But what about our horses? True, we’re not as motivated in our iding pursuits with ice on the ground and frozen toes. But what can we do
to winterize our horses and combat seasonal stresses? Here are
some tips for winter horse care.
1 Unfrozen Water Water is just as important for your horse in cold weather as it is when temps are warm. He still
needs at least 5 to 10 gallons per day, and more if he’s exercised.
A horse that stops drinking is more likely to eat less or suffer
from impaction colic. Water heaters keep water from freezing
so you don’t have to keep breaking up ice multiple times a day.
Tank heaters with elements that immerse to the bottom of the
tank are safest.
Check that tank and water heaters are working and not passing
electrical current into the drinking water. To horse-proof your
heaters, encase electrical cords in plastic pipe or secure them out
of reach out of inquisitive equine mouths.
Solar-powered, freeze-free water troughs are another option to
keep water ice-free.
Seven tips to keep your
horse happy and healthy this winter.
BY NANCY S. LOVING, DVM
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