As the temperature drops, many livestock owners are faced with keeping their animals healthy and at a consistent weight. That concern is no different for horse owners.
Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service's Equine Specialist, Dr. Fernanda Camargo, recently reminded the four-legged enthusiasts steps that need to be taken this winter to keep weight on their animals during the colder months.
- Feed all they can eat hay
- Feed excellent quality hay
- Alfalfa or alfalfa cubes has great caloric content
- Blanket the horse - A lot of people are against blanketing horses in the winter. If a horse is in good condition, they probably will do fine without a blanket. If your horse is already thin, however, a blanket will help him not lose more weight.
- Keep him in at night
- Keep him dry
- Feed a concentrate: maximum is about 5 pounds per feeding for a regular size horse
- Add fat: any type of vegetable oil (corn, canola, sunflower, soybean, etc.)
- Free choice fresh water at all times