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■ Weight loss can be hidden under winter coats, so
monitor your horse’s weight and health by running your
hand along his sides to feel for prominent ribs and along his
topline to discern loss of fat and muscle. If your horse has
lost weight, increase feed and consider blanketing at night to
help him retain heat instead of using calories to stay warm.
■ Continue good hoof care practices. Slower winter hoof
growth can mean a longer span between new shoes, but regular
trimming and hoof care during the winter can’t be overlooked.
■ Happy Valentine’s Day! Bring your horse the carrot
tops and a handful of grated carrots left over from the Val-
entine’s carrot cake you make your barn friends. Sprinkle
them on his feed and give him a big hug.
■ Enjoy a winter day cleaning your tack. Warmer riding
days are just around the corner.