Get Your Horse Ready for Winter
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This newsletter is a personal letter
from me to you, a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer
some of your questions and send you interesting stories and helpful tips for your
horse care, training, and riding.
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Getting Our Horses Ready for Winter
at Long Tail Ranch, we have been enjoying the fall weather but know that winter
is just around the corner. That's why this past week, each horse received a winter
tune up. This included putting tails up, winter shoeing, blanket change, deworming,
and a ration evaluation.
those horses that need a bit more to keep them warm during cold weather or for
those horses that are hard keepers, I increase the beet pulp portion and/or the
hay portion of their ration by 5-20%.
For more information, see these articles:
I deworm my
horses 6 times a year following the schedule outlined in this article:
This past week, barefoot horses were trimmed and horses
with shoes were outfitted with special rim pads that eliminate snowballing. Read
all about winter shoeing options here:
Tails Up for Winter
is no accident that all of the horses at Long Tail Ranch have thick, long tails.
One of the reasons is that when the last fly of the season is gone, I braid the
tails and put them up for the winter. Read about my tail care tips here:
weather shifts from summer to fall, I change the horse's sheets from fly sheets
to lightweight, waterproof breathable turnout sheets. Soon, I'll be switching
some of the horses blankets again to blankets with some insulation. Read all about
blanketing in these articles.
That's it for
the great fall riding weather!!