Good health ! - the horse in winter
The horse is made to live outside. It is perfectly capable of maintaining its body temperature by increasing its metabolism. However, some precautions are necessary:
*a well-mulched shelter is essential: in summer to provide shade and protect it from insects, in winter to protect it from excess humidity and to feed it;
*fresh, clean water available at all times, watch out for freezing periods;
*leave him his winter coat and don't brush him too often. He likes mud baths, he thus creates a layer of protection, trapped between the mud and the skin, against the heat in summer, against the cold in winter;
*maintain the mane and tail using a detangler;
*if the horse is ridden, prevent it from sweating profusely under its winter coat; it will take a long time to dry;
*contrary to what is generally believed, it is hay that allows the horse to maintain its body heat, more than concentrated feed. In cold weather, provide good quality hay ad libitum rather than increasing the concentrate ration.
In winter, horses appreciate a “warm” meal. If you don't have the time or the possibility to prepare mashes, then look at Equi'plantes Graines de Lin , you will find an appetizing and simple recipe to make.
In general, we will distribute this type of meal 1 to 2 times a week, or even every other day in very cold weather.
Concerning sports horses, especially those who go to competitions: you already prepare them well for winter by administering a course of Equi'drink Drainage and Biotics to drain the liver and kidneys and balance the intestinal flora.
For many sports horses, winter is the season of rest, of recovery: if you want to give him something extra during the winter without him “heating up”, here are some tips:
*adjust your food gradually (no sudden changes;
*a little oil every day; Linseed Oil or Cod Liver Oil ;
* Equi'plantes Garlic and Fenugreek ;
* Equine Iodamine : 1 to 2 measures per day for 3 weeks, then half dose possibly for the rest of the winter;
* Equi'mixture Booster or Oilovite .
Above all, don't forget that a healthy and well-fed horse practically does not suffer from the cold... it rather fears the heat.