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Winter Checklist.

Winter is here - make sure you get your your horse and barn ready for the cold weather months.

  • Check water heaters to make sure they work and there is no stray voltage and buckets/troughs for cracks. Consider an emergency water source
  • if the electricity goes out.
  • Check, repair and clean all blankets.
  • Store plenty of hay, check hay barns for water leaks(these could cause mold), clean gutters so they don't freeze with ice and leak, if using round
  • bales we recommend botulinum vaccines. Use a hay feeder or a hay net to conserve hay and keep it cleaner.
  • Reduce rodent risk in your barn/feed room, plug holes, caulk edges, get a cat.
  • If riding in the winter talk to your farrier about snow shoes, caulks etc. Or consider pulling shoes for the winter.
  • Keep a snow shovel and ice melt handy
  • Check your own winter riding clothes for wear and fit.
  • If you horse is thin start to increase quality and quantity of feed now to help them gain some weight before winter.
  • Have your horses teeth checked if they have trouble gaining or keeping weight.