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seasonal health


Just as summer’s high heat and humidity have their challenges, the chill of winter also requires some extra horse care strategies. These five basic tips will help ensure optimal winter wellness for your horse. 1. Provide plenty of fiber and fat in the diet. Free-choice grass hay promotes essential digestive movement and also generates more …

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There are many steps you can take to ensure optimal winter care for your horse. By the time the cold weather arrives, the sleek coats of summer have faded to the heavy coats our horses wear in winter. But is there more to it than that?Understanding the natural abilities of their bodies and when to …

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winter feeding

Horses love the cold weather! You know they’re enjoying the brisk air when they buck and run as the temperatures fall. For horses living in southern states, where the mercury rarely dips below freezing, less preparation is involved. But in the north, horses can be subjected to frigid temperatures and lots of snowfall, and require …

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Heat stress is caused by a rise in internal temperature. Exposure to direct sunlight, minimal airflow, high ambient temperatures and humidity along with a long hair coat all increase the danger of heat stress. In addition, muscles produce about 80% heat and 20% mechanical energy, so when exercised, a horse’s metabolic rate increases substantially, creating …

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