With the cold months coming, it is a very important time to make decisions and plans. You may be showing, or just giving your horse some time off, but no matter what, your horse’s health should always be a priority. Now is the time to decide to either let your horse grow a winter coat or to blanket and keep him under lights through the cold months.
If you think you want to keep your horse’s shiny summer coat, you have to be prepared! Keeping your horse under lights is a definite need if you want to have a sleek show coat for your equine. Make sure to have a dry, warm place under lights for your horse to stay. You will also need blankets to keep him warm on cold days. If you decide to blanket your horse, you have to remember to check him throughout the day to keep him warm and safe. A sweaty, wet horse is a lot worse than a horse that isn’t super warm.
If you don’t have the time to keep your horse’s summer coat, you should probably let him grow out a winter coat. You need make sure to have a good shelter for your equine to stand/be in during cold days. You may also want to think about changing his exercise schedule for extra precaution. Make sure to take a long time cooling your horse down so he doesn’t get sick. After a ride, (if your horse gets sweaty) he will probably be wet. Some barns have a vacuum to quickly remove dirt and loose hair off of your horse if it’s too cold to hose them off. Investing in a cooler is also a good idea to make sure your horse can safely finish drying after a workout. Whether you’re going to have your horse stay under lights or grow out a coat, make sure to be prepared.
Fall is also a critical time to get your horse trimmed or shod, up to date on worms, do fall shots and plans for purchases like hay over the winter. Talk to your vet about your horse’s health and ask questions if you have any.
Remember, your horse should always come first! I hope you and your equines have a great fall season!
Author: Abby Budd
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