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Seasonal Horse Care

Seasonal horse care includes special care topics for summer, spring, winter, and fall since every season has its own horse management concerns. For instance, spring horse care involves introducing horses to lush pasture safely, spring cleaning the barn, cleaning tack areas, removing blankets, changes in feeding requirements, etc. Meanwhile, winter horse care involves possible changes to nutrition requirements, buying and using blankets, changes in shoeing or hoof care for dealing with snow and ice, how to stay warm while riding, tips for grooming the muddy winter horse, and more. Summer horse care involves added fly control and pest control methods, increasing hydration for the hot weather, showing tips for those in the midst of their show season, how to cool off a hot horse, bathing tips, keeping the horse safe while trailering in hot weather, etc. And fall horse care helps people start prepping for the colder months, such as stocking up on hay, bringing horses in during early cold snaps, whether to clip a horse in preparation for winter blanketing, dealing with possible hunters while out on the trail during hunting season, and many other topics. With the plethora of seasonal horse care topics, readers turn again and again to Horse Illustrated as the seasons change for all of the most pertinent horse care information.

Podcast Episode #3: Mary Phelps, Summer Horse Health Care, and Morgan Horse Breed for July 27, 2021; Sponsored by Straight Arrow Products

In this third podcast episode of The Horse Illustrated Episode of Horses in the Morning, sponsored by Title Sponsor Straight…

2 months ago

How to Blanket a Horse

Knowing how to blanket a horse is an essential skill. Your horse’s fluffy winter coat is naturally designed to do…

4 months ago

Ground Pole Exercises for Horses

Simple ground pole exercises for horses can sometimes be the most effective because riders are likely to practice them more…

4 months ago

Protecting Your Horse This Spring from Flies and Worms, Oh My!

Tiny creatures certainly have the ability to make our lives, as well as the lives of our horses, miserable. While…

8 months ago

Trail Riding in Adverse Weather Conditions

The open trail. Horse, rider and not a fence in sight. Trail riding is a favorite pastime of both equestrians…

10 months ago

No-Worry Winter: 4 Steps to Keeping Your Pony Healthy in Winter

Gloves, thick socks, coat, and a cup of hot chocolate waiting back at the barn—these are four things that show…

11 months ago

Winter Survival Guide: How to Get Your Horse Through Winter

Winter horse keeping can be a real pain in the neck, no matter where you live and what challenges come…

1 year ago

Tack & Gear: Winter Barn Gear

These six products for use around the farm will make getting through the winter with your horse that much easier.…

1 year ago

How Cold Is Too Cold To Ride Horses?

Winter may not be primetime for riding, but even when cold temperatures feel never ending, show and trail season will…

1 year ago

Blanketing at a Glance

With this simple article on horse blanketing at a glance, learn when a horse needs a blanket, when it's okay…

1 year ago