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Supplementing Old Hay

It’s the time of year when even last year’s hay isn’t so new anymore and hay is getting hard to find, leading many people to settle for hay that is actually 2 years old. Properly cured hay stores well in … Continue reading

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Wound Care in Winter

If there’s one good thing about winter, it’s that you don’t have to deal with insects bothering wounds. This does eliminate one source of wound infections. However, the benefits stop there. The cold, dry air in winter leads to a … Continue reading

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Fine Tuning Winter Feeding

Plenty is written every year about the basics of winter feeding, including: Lots of hay/fiber Increase calories to compensate for energy lost staying warm Feed salt Constant water at a comfortable temperature for drinking These things are critically important for … Continue reading

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Cold-Induced Laminitis

It happens every winter. A horse that may not even have a prior history of laminitis is found to be very lame and reluctant to move.  It’s more than the typical hesitation horses show on hard, frozen ground. Looks like … Continue reading

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Cold Weather and Stiff Horses

Research has proven that exposure to cold causes increased stiffness in both muscle and connective tissue, including tendons and ligaments.  A recent human study also confirmed that dampness (relative humidity) is correlated with increased joint pain and this effect is … Continue reading

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Vitamin C for Horses

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) comes in and out of supplement headlines.  As happens with many nutrients, exaggerated claims end up being made and when these eventually prove to be unwarranted the pendulum swings too far in the other direction but … Continue reading

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Adjusting Nutrition for Winter

For some of us, winter has already arrived.  For others, it’s just beginning in earnest.  For all, the horse is facing some challenges. Horses actually tolerate and enjoy the cold a lot more than most of us do.  Their neutral … Continue reading

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Blanket Rubs

Blanket rubs aren’t exactly a medical emergency but they are more than just cosmetic.  Wither rubs may cause pain when a saddle is on, as can rubs high along the shoulder.  It may resemble a shaved area but the skin … Continue reading

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Winter Respiratory Care

Clear or whitish nasal discharge, sometimes foamy.  Dry cough when starting exercise or eating.  When there is no fever to indicate infection, these are signs of IAD – inflammatory airway disease – and are very common in stabled horses.  A … Continue reading

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Hoof Health in Winter

Even if weather is mild, there are changes in winter that influence the health of the hooves. Hoof growth slows in winter for two major reasons.  One is that cold weather results in less blood flow to the extremities.  The … Continue reading

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