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.
When the weather turns cold, horses are less inclined to drink. Coupled with sudden changes in management, such as more time spent stabled or eating more hay, this can increase the risk of impaction colic.
Ensure that exercise is part of your daily routine for stabled horses. Walking out in hand helps to keep the gut moving, reducing the risk of impaction and generating warmth in the process. There's plenty we can do to encourage our horses to drink too...
Cold weather greatly increases the horse's requirements. Be prepared to watch the weather forecast and put extra feed on to soak if necessary.
If you'd like to discuss your horse's needs, our Feed Line nutrition team will be happy to help. You can reach them on 01728 604 008, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing our online form.