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Autumn/Winter Care for Horses

The colder months are approaching, and looking after your horse in these conditions can be a challenge. You’ll have to cope with whatever weather the UK decides to throw at us, and it’s very unpredictable. So, here are some tips and support so you can be prepared this Autumn and Winter.

Firstly you should ask yourself these questions;
  • Do you know your horse well enough to know their normal behaviour?
  • Does your field have ‘adequate’ shelter?
  • Does your horse have any company?
  • Do you have a big supply of extra feed, or enough to last you?
  • Are you registered with any equine veterinary practices?

The Plan

A good routine is key. Knowing that you will fit a certain amount of time in a day, devoted to sorting and looking after your horse is very important, especially in the Winter. You should know that you can make time as they will need extra care throughout the colder months.

Go Time

  1. If your horses’ water is frozen when the very cold weather, they won’t stay hydrated for obvious reasons. You need to make sure they have unfrozen water at all times. If you live somewhere where you’re likely to have below-freezing temperatures, you should invest in a heating device that is specifically designed for horse waterers and troughs.
  2. If this is your first time in the winter with a horse this next point is something you should take very seriously. You’ll need to talk to your veterinarian about how much food your horse should eat over the cold months, as the temperature drops, they will start to burn off calories as they try to stay warm. For some horses, but not all this could mean weight loss. It’s always best to talk to your vet just in case.
  3. Just like humans and other pets such as dogs, they need exercise all year long. Try and continue to maintain your daily exercise routine, but if the conditions make it impossible to ride try to find an indoor arena.
  4. You can’t forget about them, it may be cold but we still need to look after horses, they will feel the cold just like we do.

If your plan is to keep your horse inside over the winter months, in an arena or some sort we reccomened having Equi-Est come check out the surface! See our equestrian construction project & equestrian surface project pages so you can see some of our equestrian arena restoration and renovation solutions.

Is this your Equestrian surface?

  • Rides Deep
  • Holding Water/Puddling
  • Compacted
  • Freezing
  • Dry/Dusty
  • High Maintenance
  • Contaminated

After Equi-est Pro-Ex Fibre Is Installed:

  • Improves grip
  • Stabilises the surface
  • Improves drainage
  • Reduces tracking

Equi-est are the leading Equestrian Surface suppliers in the Gloucestershire area. 

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