For most winter has now made an appearance and we're pretty much stuck with her for the next few months. While it's tempting to stay inside where it's warm, as responsible horse-people we know it's our job to ensure our horses have everything they need during these harsh months.
One of the most often overlooked (and yet most vital) neccessity for horses during cold weather is free-choice access to clean, clear water at all times. An important winter rule-of-thumb: frozen water is NO water!
Tank heaters are ideal, but at the very least, ice needs to be broken up and removed at least twice a day. Here is an excellent article regarding the water needs of horses: http://ohioline.osu.edu/b762/b762_6.html
Stay warm everyone! Before you know it, we'll be back to putting up stall fans and riding our nice slick horses!