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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.

10 Ways to Banish Flies from the Barn

It’s almost summertime—there’s more time to ride and more time to spend outside with your horse. Unfortunately, the warm weather…

4 weeks ago


Feeding Your Horse in the Winter

As temperatures drop, feeding your horse presents a new set of challenges. Instead of grazing all day on nutritious green…

6 months ago

Feeding the Senior Horse in the Winter

Keeping weight on a senior horse can be difficult any time of year, but with the challenges of cold weather…

7 months ago

Photosensitization in Horses

If you live in an area where sunlight is plentiful and horses spend hours outside, you’ve most likely seen white…

9 months ago

Hoof Problems Caused by Fly Stomping

It’s summer. Just listen: tractors, songbirds, bullfrogs, and a chorus of earth-shaking hoof stomps are the sounds of summer around…

10 months ago

Anhidrosis in Horses

Anhidrosis is a fairly common problem for horses in hot and humid regions, but there is hope for keeping them…

11 months ago

Feed to Prevent Founder

We all love to see our horse enjoying a graze on delicious spring grass. But that pasture your horse eats…

1 year ago

6 Winter Grooming Tips

Winter is here, and that lovely horse of yours—the one who looked gorgeous at the summer shows—is now hiding in…

1 year ago

Winter Horse Care FAQs

It’s finally getting cold outside and you’re bundled up, possibly with a hot cup of cocoa or coffee in hand.…

1 year ago

Heat Risk: Managing Horse Health in Summer Months

When it comes to summer, hot weather has its own brand of risk factors for horses. Knowing what can possibly…

2 years ago