Winter Horse Pasture and Paddock Management

Protecting your turnout now can help ensure green pastures later

Winter: The word could call to mind images of toasty fires and delicious hot chocolate—or mucky mud and frozen troughs. (Your perspective all depends on how many consecutive days you’ve had to thaw gate latches and plow the driveway, right?) With a little preseason legwork, however, winter at the barn can be much less miserable … hey, maybe even rather nice. The goal? Keeping outdoor enclosures and other horse-keeping spaces as ice- and mud-free as possible, which will help make way for productive pastures come spring.

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