Stormy Weather and Horses

The good news is that horses are naturally well-equipped to weather practically everything that winter can dish out. They are far more tolerant of cold conditions than we poor hairless humans are; in fact, horses tend to be far more stressed by heat
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Brace yourselves, folks. Old Man Winter’s on his way again, and that means horsekeeping is about to get a good deal less pleasant. Between the snow, the ice, the mud, and the howling winds, you and your horse are going to have a lot to contend with.

 

Winter pasture
ANNE M. EBERHARDT

Many farmers place round bales of hay outside in paddocks for their horses’ use in winter, but there are some risks involved

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Karen Briggs is the author of six books, including the recently updated Understanding Equine Nutrition as well as Understanding The Pony, both published by Eclipse Press. She’s written a few thousand articles on subjects ranging from guttural pouch infections to how to compost your manure. She is also a Canadian certified riding coach, an equine nutritionist, and works in media relations for the harness racing industry. She lives with her band of off-the-track Thoroughbreds on a farm near Guelph, Ontario, and dabbles in eventing.

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