Getting Horse Ready for Winter

(Chris) Hello, I’m Dr. Chris Blevins at Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center. And today’s Horse Tip of the Day includes how to get your old horse ready for winter. What does that entail? The biggest thing is making sure your horse, especially your old horse doesn’t lose a lot of body condition. So knowing body condition scores, making sure they’re not too thin going into winter is very important. The other things you need to make sure they can be able to utilize what they’re eating, include getting a dental done on your horse. Ask your veterinarian and have them float the horses teeth. Do a good exam. See if you need to change the diet on your horse based on what teeth may or may not be in the horse’s mouth when they are geriatric. In addition check your water source. Check your water heaters. Horses need to drink water in the winter and they can’t drink it when it’s frozen. Keep those things in mind going into winter. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins with the Horse Tip of the Day.

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