We can all feel it – winter is coming! This means that now is the time to get your horse ready for winter. Do you have the following items on your to-do list this month?
Check Your Horse’s Weight
Having good weight on your horse will give you peace of mind as you head into winter. Putting weight on a horse becomes more difficult as the temperatures drop, so now is the time to weight tape your horse and get an idea of what he weighs. If you find that your horse is underweight, then it’s time to make some dietary changes to help him gain weight. Increasing your horse’s intake and adding a weight supplement are some of the things that you can do to help prepare your horse for winter. Using a horse feeder can also ensure that your horse wastes less of his grain as he eats.
Check Winter Blankets for Fit and Functionality
If you blanket your horse, then now is the time to get all of his winter blankets out and check them over! Try the blankets on your horse to make sure that they fit, and look for areas which are damaged, such as tears in the blanket or broken buckles. If your blanket needs to be repaired, then either send it out or start looking for a new one to ensure that your blankets will all be ready when you need them.
Deworm Your Horse
If you follow a rotational deworming program, then make sure to deworm your horse. If your horse has worms, he will get less nutrition from his food, and a worm load can lead to weight loss. Deworming can help your horse to retain his weight as the cold of winter hits.
Get Your Clippers Ready
Do you plan on clipping your horse this winter? If so, then it’s a good idea to get your clippers out and ready now. Make sure that your clippers are working well, and that the blades are good and sharp.
Have the Vet Out for a Check-Up
If you haven’t had your vet out to perform fall shots, then make sure that he or she comes out to check up on your horse soon! A late fall or early winter check-up can help to prepare your horse for the challenges of winter, and it’s particularly important if you have a senior horse. During a check-up your vet should evaluate your horse’s weight and should take a look at his teeth to make sure that he doesn’t need dental work. Making sure that your horse’s dental work is done can help him to chew the increased amounts of hay that he will require during the winter.
By preparing your horse for winter, you’re ensuring that he will be healthy and better able to deal with the cold weather that winter will bring in a few short weeks!
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