I have an 18 year old Arabian mare, and she colics when the weather is under 20°F. well I live in South Carolina where the weather is VERY unpredictable, I usually keep her outside but when the weather is that cold she comes inside, I guess what I’m asking is does anyone have any suggestions or is this happening to your horse?
You don’t mention if the mare is blanketed when the temperature drops. T/O sheets can be useful when it is not really cold enough for a T/O blanket, and since T/O sheets, by definition, have no fiberfill, there is less danger of the horse overheating. But T/O sheets will keep the horse dry should it rain or snow unexpectedly and provide protection from the wind.
Does she have a heated water pail that can be used when the temperatures drop? I am assuming that she typically only colics when the temperature drops, so the cause of the colic logically has to be related to the colder temperatures, unless she also colics when the temperature abruptly gets warmer. Some older horses can be sensitive to drinking very cold water. Heated water pails are not exactly cheap, and keeping cords protected can be a nuisance, but it might be worth a try.
Is she in a boarding situation or at home with you?
I’m boarding her, but no she doesn’t have a heated water pail, but I will definitely look into those! I don’t think I can winterize her stall because the barn is kinda tore up (we’re trying to find money to fix water damage)
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