Seasonal Care

Preventing Fall Winter Colic, horse colic, equine colic, winter colic horses, fall colic horses, seasonal colic for horses, horse feed, horse forage, horse water, horse drink, ill horse, sick horse, horse disease, horse care, horse health

By Gayle Ecker - The fall is a time of lovely colours, family get-togethers and winding down the busy show season. However, fall is often a time of increased colic calls to veterinarians. While not all colic can be prevented, paying attention to your management of the horse can go a long way to decrease the incidence, and the suffering of episodes.

Winter Water for Horses

By Robyn Moore - Horses require access to free choice, clean water at all times and in all seasons, and will drink an average of 30 litres of water per day. Many horses’ diets see an increase in dry feed matter, like hay, during the winter months. As a horse requires three litres of water for every kilogram of dry matter they eat, although horses drink less in cold weather, adequate water consumption remains a priority.

Cold Weather Feeding for Horses

By Dr. Robert A. Mowrey - In order to maintain internal body temperature and keep warm, a horse requires additional energy during cold weather. The exact amount of energy depends on the severity and extent of the cold period and individual characteristics of the horse. When environmental temperatures, including wind chill, drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit (F) or seven degrees Celsius (C), called the critical temperature, significant amounts of energy are used by the horse to maintain its internal body heat.

Sunlight and Vitamin D for Horses

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. - Spending 30 to 90 minutes in the sun will give the average person all the required daily vitamin D their body needs. But for a horse, the hair coat alone creates such a significant barrier to absorption that it typically takes five to eight hours of exposure to ultraviolet light for horses to produce enough vitamin D to satisfy the daily requirement.

Fly Control for Horse, fly control for barn, horse deworming, horse vaccinations, fly mask horse, sticky traps, fly repellent

A large number of flying insects emerge with the heat each summer, and they can turn what should be long luxurious days in the ring, field or trails into painful, frustrating or itchy endeavours! While irritation may seem like a minimal concern, excessive flies can cause stress in horses, which can lead to reduced performance and malnutrition. Not only can insects be bothersome, but bug bites can cause a variety of allergic type skin reactions in many horses.

For some horses, certain flies cause an incessant, unbearable itch that won’t go away no matter how hard or long they scratch. This condition, called Recurrent Seasonal Pruritis or “Sweet Itch,” is a hypersensitivity to the bite of the tiny Culicoides fly, commonly known as midges, “punkies,” or “no-see-ums.”

Off Duty: How to Let Your Horse Down in the Off-Season

By Kentucky Equine Research - As your horse makes the transition to a life of leisure, you’ll be modifying just about everything in your horse’s day-to-day routine. How can you keep your horse healthy and happy as he makes this change? Follow these steps for a smooth transition.

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