Can horses cope with sudden cold weather?
Horses can survive and even thrive in what we consider to be very inhospitable conditions, but they do need plenty of feed to fuel them and keep them warm.
Ulcers continue to be an issue for many horses. • Ad lib access to suitable forage is important, including in the paddock. If the grass is insufficient, hay will need to be put out. • If you soak hay, not for more than one hour directly before feeding, or it builds up acid. • Stress is an important contributor to ulcers. Horses need company, close physical contact, space and plenty to eat. Confinement, isolation and restricted forage all cause stress. • Lucerne buffers acid better than grass. If your horse cannot tolerate lucerne, Sainfoin Pellets or Sainfoin Brix are excellent alternatives. • Target Feeding, which is feeding directly before work, is important. A good scoop/0.5 kg or more of well-dampened Build & Shine is a good start. Feed directly after work, too. Ulcers are a major issue and your vet will help diagnose and treat, but is on-going management and feeding that will keep them at bay.