With the night’s drawing in and the days becoming colder we turn our attention to our horse’s winter feeding routine. Colder temperatures will put extra demands on the horse’s metabolism, pasture will have little nutritional value, water buckets will freeze and forage intake will decline as less time is spent grazing, therefore it is important that we reconsider our horse’s diet during this time. Here Words by Llinos Owen MSc, BSc (Hons), Dodson & Horrell Nutritional Advisor and Catherine Rudenko Dodson & Horrell Consultant Nutritionist explain the five key elements to keep in mind while feeding this winter. Read more
When caring for your horse during winter we all have two main goals, maintaining condition and ensuring their welfare needs are met during the cold weather.
This is the case regardless of whether your horse is stabled or still kept out at grass all year round.
For the grass kept horse the main priority will be to make sure they are provided with adequate forage to replace the grass which will now be non-existent or of poor quality, to enable them to keep warm.
As the cooler months creep up and many horses are winding down after a heavy competition season, now is the time to ensure your equine’s immune system is up to scratch.
Just like in humans, when a horse has worked intensively their immune system may not be at its strongest, which is when they are susceptible to picking up viruses and infection. If a horse is travelling consistently and coming into contact with other equines, this risk is exacerbated.