Cold Weather Challenges for Horses With Osteoarthritis

Plunging temperatures, snow, and freezing rain can trigger joint discomfort. Here’s how to keep your horse comfortable.

No account yet? Register


Cold Weather Challenges for Horses With Osteoarthritis
Work with your veterinarian to develop a treatment plan that will help your horse feel his best in any type of weather. |
In many regions, winter means a difficult few months for owner managing horses, but it brings its own set of challenges to horses with osteoarthritis (OA). Plunging temperatures, deep snow, and freezing rain are difficult enough for humans and horses to deal with, but did you know that even a change in barometric pressure can trigger joint discomfort?

When a horse suffers from OA, the cartilage, bone and soft tissues in the joint deteriorate. These changes cause pain, deformity, loss of motion, and decreased function.

Hoyt Cheramie, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, senior equine professional service veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim, points to these clinical signs to watch out for:

  • Decreased activity or mobility;
  • Stiffness or decreased joint movement;
  • Heat;
  • Swelling;
  • Pain; and
  • Lameness.

There is no cure for OA, but clinical signs can be managed

Create a free account with to view this content. is home to thousands of free articles about horse health care. In order to access some of our exclusive free content, you must be signed into

Start your free account today!

Already have an account?
and continue reading.


Written by:

Related Articles

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with

FREE weekly newsletters from

Sponsored Content

Weekly Poll

sponsored by:

Which skin issue do you battle most frequently with your horse?
230 votes · 230 answers

Readers’ Most Popular

Sign In

Don’t have an account? Register for a FREE account here.

Need to update your account?

You need to be logged in to fill out this form

Create a free account with!