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How to help your horse stay warm in winter

Horses begin to struggle to keep warm below certain critical temperatures. Clipped Horse - Critical temperature is 41°F (5°C) Horse With a Thick Winter Coat - Critical temperature is 18°F (-8°C) The easiest and most effective way to keep your horse warm when the temperatures drop is to feed additional forage.

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Does Your Horse Need Electrolytes During the Fall and Winter?

Electrolyte supplementation in colder months depends on how much a horse is being ridden and how well they are drinking. Horses that are ridden lightly a few times a week and drink well probably get suffi­cient electrolytes from hay, concentrate and salt block. Horses that train hard and sweat daily may require a well-formulated electrolyte supplement even in colder months.

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Feeding Horses in Drought Conditions

During drought conditions, pastures may not provide enough fi­ber and energy to meet your horse’s nutrition requirements. Feeding additional hay may be necessary. If additional calories are still needed, consider a high-fat supplement. Horses should consume at least 1.5% to 2% of body weight per day in forage. Supplemental forage in the form of hay or hay cubes may be needed.

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