Fall is here! This is the perfect time of year for horseback riding. Silver will also be more than happy to enjoy some apples or a good mash. However, you will have a few things on your to-do list before winter hits. A Wichita, KS vet discusses fall care for horses below.
A clean, dry stall is absolutely crucial. Don’t skimp on the bedding, either! Make sure that you have flashlights, shovels, and pet-safe de-icing agents on hand.
If Silver got clipped for summer, it’s time to let his coat grow. He may also need a blanket on cold days. Ask your vet for specific tips.
Many types of parasites become active as it cools. Plus, wild animals may try to shelter in the barn. Keep up with Silver’s vaccinations and parasite control.
Silver may be spending more time in his stall in winter. Don’t let him become a stall potato! Exercise is still important. Pay extra attention to the warm up and cool down. Cold air can exacerbate any stiffness. It will also take your horse longer to warm up when it’s cool.
Food storage is very important. Use secure bins that will keep out rats, mice, and other vermin. This is a great time to adopt a barn kitty! Also, make sure that your hay is stored properly. Stack bales in a dry place, sorted in a way that will allow proper air flow. Arrange things so that the oldest hay is used first.
A burst pipe in winter is definitely not something you want to deal with. Make sure that everything is in good order. It’s not a bad idea to insulate your pipes. Heated or insulated buckets are also a good bet.
You may want to get snow pads for your horse’s hooves. Tungsten carbide pins or nails are something to consider. They help horses get better traction on icy surfaces. Hoof supplements can also be beneficial in protecting Silver’s feet from dry air. Ask your vet and farrier for specific advice.
Dental problems can snowball into some very serious issues, including gastrointestinal issues, nutritional deficiencies, and even colic. Horses eat more dry hay and grass in winter, which can be hard on their teeth. Have Silver’s teeth checked.
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