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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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Beautiful Winter Coats

In order to do its insulating job properly, your horse’s winter coat needs to have a degree of fluffiness to it.  It won’t lay flat and sleek like a seal’s in winter.  However, it can, and should, still have vibrant … Continue reading

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How Your Horse Stays Warm

We all know horses have a high tolerance for cold.  They have several different mechanisms for accomplishing this. Starting from the outside in, in cold weather your horse’s coat acts like a down jacket.  The fluffy undercoat stands on end … Continue reading

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Mid-Winter Check List

It won’t be too long before we can switch from cursing cold and snow to mud and shedding hair.  In the meantime there is still a stretch of winter to contend with and it’s a good idea to take stock … Continue reading

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Winterizing the Senior Horse

Although horses can survive a remarkable range of environmental conditions, surviving is not the same as thriving.  Winter is hard on any horse but particularly so for seniors.   Like older people, older horses are not as good at regulating … Continue reading

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Water in Winter

I mention the importance of adequate water intake in winter so often I’m sure some people are sick of hearing it, but it’s such an important and widespread issue that it merits being repeated. The horse’s body is estimated to … Continue reading

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When Pasture Dies Off

Since hay is just dried grass, it may seem like switching from pasture to hay isn’t an issue.  On some levels this is true but there are important differences between hay and live grasses that have an impact on how … Continue reading

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