Your Horse in Winter

“Horses respond in two ways to cold: acutely (immediately) and chronically (adaptive or acclimatization).” – Dr. Nadia Cymbaluk/Carberry Manitoba

With colder temperatures comes a shift in care. I don’t play with my girls in the winter, but being in the region we are, there are days of heavy snow followed by a fast south wind that literally raises the temperature up over zero.

This is normal:

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(I’ve been told by a reliable source that these aren’t Chinooks.) Either way, I now and then have wet outdoor horses that need some care getting them dry before the north wind fights back and chills them off.

Feeding can also be a challenge. Horses are called feed burners for a reason – to warm a cold horse, feed it.

To help with these situations, I found a few useful articles:

Management and Feeding of Horses in Cold Weather

Equine Winter Care

Drying a Wet Horse Winter

Dry Your Damp Horse in Winter