Winter Horse Keeping

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What do you do for your winter horse keeping? The Horse.Com has an awesome slide show that goes over a number of tips for making sure your four-hoofed friends stay healthy and happy during the cold season. Here’s are some of their tips:

  • Provide plenty of hay for forage. Horses need more forage to keep warm in winter.
  • Provide adequate shelter. It’s best if they can get completely out of any wind and rain.
  • Keep your paddocks clean to avoid a mess during the spring thaw.
  • Add sand for traction, especially on icy patches.
  • Make sure your water sources are ice-free and, if possible, use a heated water source for your paddocks.
  • Use a good turnout blanket. The higher the denier, the sturdier it will be.
  • If you are continuing with a rigorous program, you should probably body clip your horse so the sweat doesn’t build up when you are working during the winter months.
  • Use a cooler to keep your horse warm after working and to wick moisture away.
  • Have your horses go barefoot to prevent ice and snow buildup in hooves.
  • Fence off any standing water so horses don’t venture onto ice and fall in.

What other tips do you have for your own winter horse keeping?