Horses and Snow!!

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  • C&Hdoeshunters Original Poster C&Hdoeshunters
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    I’m not sure how to prepare for snow with my horse. It hasn’t snowed in a few years and i’m not sure what to get or how to prepare or what to do. I have a winter blanket because I’ve had her since May 2014, but it didn’t snow any last winter so… I’m not sure what to do this winter since it’s supposed to snow a lot. Any tips, products or any excpectations to suggest? Would it be ok to ride in the snow? Thank you! 🙂

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Riding in snow (carefully) can be a lot of fun. I used to carry a hoofpick with me, as occasionally snow can ball up in the hoof, making the horse uncomfortable and possibly causing difficulty in moving. As for preparations, horses can deal quite well with snow, blanket or no blanket. I’d be more concerned about wet and cold, should it start out as sleet. So, with a horse who is out a lot, a blanket can be a good thing, so long as the horse doesn’t sweat under it.

    It is never the horse's fault

    G & S
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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.

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    As long as your horse has been living in the same location for a year or so, she will adapt well to snow. Ensure she has shelter from rain/wind. Give extra hay (not grain) to provide warmth from digestion on the coldest nights. Get a heated water bucket to encourage sufficient water consumption. I have a 29 year old QH who after several years in subfreezing temps, has developed a very long winter coat. I do not blanket my horses unless they are shivering, which hasn’t happened on over 15 years. Blanketing can be problematic when you have to leave for work in the morning and take the blanket off right at the coldest time of the night so the horse won’t be too hot during the day. As for riding in the snow, if your horse develops balls of snow under their feet because of shoes, I’ve heard putting Vaseline on the soles can help, but if it risks their soundness because it is continually building up on their soles, perhaps it’s best to only ride on trails where their is better footing.

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
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    In the winter a horse uses a lot of what it gets from its food to grow hair and produce body heat. Feed your horse hay that is of good quality and pelleted feed. Horses have a harder time processing whole grains by not getting what they need from it. Feed your horse a really good pelleted feed.
    Riding in the snow is ok if there is no ice. If there is slushy snow then there is ice. It does depend on what kind of terrain you have below the snow.

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