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Caring for Horses

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Winter and summer, horses can be subjected to all kinds of inclement weather. It is important to care for them properly so that they stay safe and healthy. This is a guide about caring for horses.
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December 5, 2011

We have had horses for many years and have tried many things to keep them comfortable in the winter months. Here are a few that have worked for us.
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It is important to have a heater in the water tank to assure your horses have water available even on the coldest days.

We watch the temperature closely and blanket them when the temp is 19 degrees or sooner if they are wet from snow as they lose their body heat through their backs. We usually don't blanket before 19 degrees because we don't want them to lose their heavy hair coat. They have a barn, but they sometimes just stand outside and get wet anyway.

Sometimes if it is an intense snow storm with exceptionally cold temperatures, we just shut them in their barn stalls with fresh soft wood shavings for warm bedding. Also on cold mornings (since they drink less when it is cold), I sometimes make a tepid watery bran cereal with some oatmeal that they enjoy. It adds a little water and warmth to their bodies.

If they have shoes on make sure that the ice doesn't ball up on their feet. Just get a hoof pick and pull it out. We usually have our shoes taken off during the winter for that reason, but have had horses that need to be shod for miscellaneous reasons.

Keep a close eye for any cloudy mucous discharge that may require your vet's attention.

Make sure their hay is good quality and mold free.

Just take care of them and they will give you years of enjoyment.

Source: Experience over the years.

By Lyn from Bailey, CO

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July 20, 2010

To clean a synthetic horse harness quickly and easily, use your dishwasher. Do not add detergent and remove before the heat cycle. This works very well.

Source: my cousin

By duckie-do from Cortez, CO

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By 0 found this helpful
September 18, 2008

I have horses. Recently they got rain rot. This is a bacterial, not fungal infection. I have used fungicides in the past for another rain rot infection my mare got 7 years ago. I bathed her every day with topical fungicides and betadines and it took months and months and she lost all her hair. When she got it back recently (as well as her mother), I wasn't going through the fungicide route yet again.

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I did research online and decided to literally pour apple cider vinegar onto where she broke out (yes it burns, but it dries out the many sores). Take a stiff brush and scrub the infected areas. Do NOT share the brushes! In 4 days, "yes", 4 days, the mares were remarkably better and were no longer hurting or sore. Two days later all the lesions and scabs were gone!

That was a week ago. Now, every few days, I spray some ACV on the areas just to keep it at bay. It also softens their hair.

It literally cleared up the rain rot in 6 days, not weeks, not months!

By Deltaqueen from MS

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