Reply To: Horses and Snow!!

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Barefoot horses have better traction in snow than horses shod with normal shoes. If barefoot is not an option, there are “winter” shoes that have a coating that will help to provide better traction for a shod horse. Also, you may want to invest in a polar fleece cooler, so if the horse comes back to the barn sweaty, you can put the cooler on, and polar fleece will wick the dampness out of the coat and into the cooler. Once the horse is dry, you just hang the cooler to dry somewhere, which it will do quickly. If you put a winter blanket on a sweaty horse, the blanket (stall blanket or turn-out) will wick the dampness, and the horse will be wearing a wet blanket until his/her body heat can dry the blanket.