Horse Keeping During the Winter Months

by Jordan Manfredi

We have had an unusual winter. Temperatures have been up and down. One day is very cold and the next fairly warm and damp with lots of wind. It is worthwhile to note that these changes may bring about a higher incidence of colic.

It is believed by some that barometric changes (cold fronts) contribute to colicing. We cannot do much about the weather, but maintaining a healthy maintenance program in place and trying to eliminate as many causes of colic will help avoid this problem. watch your horses water intake. Dehydration is a problem during cold weather. Do not make drastic or sudden diet changes and continue to worm throughout the winter months. If your horse does colic. Call the Vet. Do not continually walk the horse unless this is the only way you can keep him from rolling or thrashing about which could injure your horse. This could be the difference between him surviving the bout with colic. Keeping your horse in good shape during the winter months will get you out on the trails sooner with less problems when spring does arrive.

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