Horse Welfare: Keeping Horses Healthy Through the Winter
As the weather changes, horse welfare becomes particularly important, and owners often have to contend with more than just the cold: Driving rain, icy winds, and endless mud all bring with them horse health hazards.

Here’s a look at three common equine conditions to watch for during the winter months:

Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO or heaves)

This respiratory condition manifests itself in different forms, including a persistent cough, asthma-like signs, and chronic breathing difficulties. It’s actually a reaction to allergens, often found in hay and barns, which can be exacerbated in winter by the shift from regular outdoor grazing to supplementary feeding of hay and long periods in dusty stables.


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