Winter Is Coming ...and for many of us, it’s already here. Are you ready?
Here at Nelson Manufacturing, we want to make sure you have a safe and healthy winter season.
Here’s a few tips to help get you on your way:
- A Hazard-Free Environment – Look over the grounds thoroughly and remove any hazardous objects that could become either a danger to you or your horse. Snow can cover objects, making them impossible to see. Removing, tagging or otherwise exposing these hazards could prevent serious accidents or injuries.
- A Path To Follow – Lay down ground cover, such as sand, rock (gravel) or wood chips in high traffic areas to help provide a safe path.
- Light The Way – With days getting shorter and nights getting longer, it is important to have adequate lighting. Provide lighted pathways and work areas, and always have a flashlight handy for emergencies. You can never have too much light.
- A Safe Haven – We all need shelter out of the wind and rain and so does your horse. Shelter doesn’t have to be fancy. All you need is three sides and a roof, with a space large enough to hold all of the horses in the pasture. If you have the luxury of providing a barn with a stall for your horse, it should be at least 12 Ft. by 12 Ft., and at least 9 Ft. or more in height. Bedding provided should be dry and clean every night. Also, you may need to supply your horse with a blanket. We recommend assessing each horses needs individually.
- A Bite To Eat – Hay and grain are two staples for horses. Horses burn a lot of energy to keep warm in the winter months, so you may need to increase your horse’s portion. As a general rule, a horse needs 2 to 2.2 pounds of feed for every 100 pounds of body weight. The amount of food your horse needs varies according to activity, age, breed, weather, quality of feed, quality of shelter, condition of teeth, etc. http://www.acreageequines.com/horsecare/horsecare1.htm
- In The Spirit of Good Health – Salt and mineral blocks should be made available with free will access. Always consult your veterinarian when dealing with vitamins and minerals.
- A Tall Drink Of Water – Water is extremely important to the welfare of your horse. Horses drink anywhere from 5 to 10 gallons of water a day. Clean water should always be made available, as it can be very difficult if not impossible, for a horse to survive on snow alone in the winter. A horse prefers water to be between 40 and 60 degrees. Our heated automatic waterers cost pennies a day to run. Horses that do not get enough water are more susceptible to developing colic.
Give a horse what he needs and he will give you his heart in return.