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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.

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 week 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.…

4 weeks 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…

6 months ago

Making the Most of Summer with Horses

This winter, while I clenched my horse’s freezing metal bit between my thighs to warm it up for her, I…

6 months ago

Managing Your Horses During Drought Conditions

Abnormally hot, dry weather conditions can cause droughts that pose unique challenges for horse owners. Even short-term drought can create…

7 months ago

Preventing Exposure to Illness When Traveling with Horses

Summer often allows more time for travel with your horse, which can also mean spending time at different barns where…

8 months ago

Frosty FAQs: Vet Tips for Caring for Your Horse When Temperatures Drop

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

11 months ago

Seasonal Advice: The Automatic Cleaning Blanket

“One of the best things owners can do both for maintaining their turnouts and their horses’ coats and manes is…

12 months ago

Munching Through the Snow: A Vet Talks Winter Nutrition for Your Horse

As winter months creep up on us, shorter days and cooler temperatures signal plants to slow and eventually stop their…

1 year ago

Weathering a Winter Wonderland: Expert Strategies for Winter Grooming and Blanketing Your Horse

During the coldest days of winter, you layer on thermals, fleece, insulated coveralls, and maybe even a headlamp to go…

1 year ago