Colorado winters can be brutal for your horses. Luckily, at Neversweat, we aren’t too far out from the protection of the Denver metro area. Golden sees tough winters but like the ones experienced on the fringes of the Colorado border. Still, every horse owner needs to have some basic knowledge on how to keep your horse warm and healthy during winter.
1. A Blanket Is Simple But Effective!
Horses do well in different climates; you just need to leave them some time to accommodate. In general, it will take them two or three weeks to adapt to a climate change. So, in this case, blanketing is a necessity. But, there are also a lot of factors which can determine in which way you should blanket your horse. For example, was your horse moved from a warmer climate, is it trimmed or it has a full coat, is it young or older horse. All these factors will determine its ability to fight cold.
2. Consider the Breed of Your Horse
When we look at different breeds, size plays an important role. Horses with large bodies, such as Draft tend to behave better in a harsher climate. Also, Icelandic ponies have an excellent resistance on cold. They have smaller bodies, compared to their weight. A larger surface area means greater heat loss. These breeds which have a thinner coat might experience some troubles with cold weather during the winter months.
3. Warm Foods Can Help Manage Body Temperature
You can try a variety of standard foods but simply warmed up. It may take your horse some time to get used to the change in diet but eventually they will learn to love warm apples! We also feed our horses warm bran mash, and this is another way to give them extra water. But, high-quality hay plays a vital role.
4. Water Must Be Fresh!
During the winter months, your horse needs to receive enough water. Otherwise, you will see a colicky horse because they aren’t drinking enough water. Another thing to consider is a frostbite. It happens to all horses, regardless of age and condition. The first spot you notice are the top of their ears. The horse pumps the blood away from extremities to keep its core warm. If you notice signs of frostbites, such as redness and change of color contact your veterinarian immediately.