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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.

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…

2 days 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…

2 months 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.…

4 months 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…

4 months 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…

4 months ago

Blanket Fit For Any Horse

If you’ve decided that your horse can benefit from wearing a blanket, his conformation will be a deciding factor in…

4 months ago

Fall Wellness Countdown for Your Horse’s Care

Each season change brings its own set of challenges and opportunities. Here are the most important checkpoints to carefully consider…

4 months ago

Summer Horse Care

Before you head out to the barn for those long summer rides, make sure your horse is in tip-top health…

1 year ago

Protect your horse from flies this summer

Shoo fly, don’t bother me! Summer time is prime time for increased numbers of various types of flies that can…

9 years ago

20 Tips for Summer Horse Health

Did you know that horses can become dehydrated or get sunburn in hot weather—just like you! If you live in…

12 years ago