Monday, December 7, 2009

Winter Woes

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:

Stay warm everyone! Before you know it, we'll be back to putting up stall fans and riding our nice slick horses!

1 comment:

Sydney said...

Theres several alternatives to a heater you know. Usually a basketball is good enough to stop the ice from completely forming if you break it a few times a day. The ball creates ripples that stop it from freezing right over. Another is a fountain/pump. My aunt had one in her fish pond. It only froze right around the edges in winter cause the water was always moving.