Be prepared for the Winter Chills
You need to prepare your horse for the different weather conditions each season brings. During the winter months, your horse is less active and thus need to be turned out. During the approaching cold months, you need to watch and monitor its nutrition, health, and ensure it is well sheltered. Equine deworming, vaccination updates, and hoof care are important for horses during winter.
Before the harsh, cold months of winter approach, be sure that your horse’s vaccinations are updated, especially if you intend to take part in indoor competitions where your horse interacts with many other horses in close quarters; exposing it to the high risks of being infected with respiratory diseases. Hauling in winter is possible and if you plan to do so, you need to give your horse booster shots of influenza and rhinopneumonitis vaccines.
Commence deworming at first frost to eliminate internal equine parasites. AbIver™, ivermectin for horses, is a great winter deworming agent since it is both a broad-spectrum agent and a boticide. Bots are common parasites during the cold months. Prevent colic during winter by eliminating unwanted bot infestations. Abler provides ivermectin horse wormer AbIver™ in an easy-to-use granule formulation. Always consult your veterinarian for advice on the best worming recommendation that suits your horse’s needs.
Hoof care is also important in winter horse care. Before you turn him out in the cold and icy outdoors, you need to check its hooves first. Riding in shoes gives it normal footing and prevents it from slipping on ice.
Nutrition and overall body condition is also important. Your horse must have adequate fat in its body to as a heat source to insulate it from the blistering cold. Feed quality hay to your horse. Digesting feed produces heat, which further helps it sustain the cold weather. In addition, water is an important component of its diet so be sure you give it its daily intake. You can avoid colic in winter by providing good quality hay and clean water.
Horses are fairly tolerant of cold temperatures provided that their hair coats are adequately maintained to provide warmth. However, it is still necessary to provide it shelter to protect it from harsh winds and keep it dry. If you intend to have your horse stabled all through winter, make sure there is proper ventilation of the area to minimize the risk of respiratory diseases.