With the winter months fast approaching, the MirrorMePR Equine PR Team give their top tips for coping with bad weather and fresh horses in this blog.
GET YOUR FEEDING RIGHT
If you know a cold spell is forecast, then it’s better to cut down your horse’s food gradually rather than suddenly. Planning ahead isn’t always possible, but when you can, the do it!
SNUG AS A BUG IN A RUG
Looking for your horse’s rugs is not only important to extend the life of the rug but also from a hygiene perspective. Get your rugs laundered in milder weather and if you can team a sheet underneath a heavier winter rug, the sheet is more likely to fit in the washing machine at home than your bulkier outer rug.
STAYING IN IS THE NEW OUT
If you have limited turnout during the winter months, then look into getting your horse some stable toys to keep him occupied and a full hay-net. Doubling up haynets or choosing a net with smaller holes for quick eaters, will keep him munching for longer.
HAIR TODAY AND GONE TOMORROW
If your horse is clipped out, make sure you rug him up properly and keep an eye on any tack or rug rubs, remember he won’t have hair as an extra protective measure, but the plus side is that you can spot rubs, nicks and cuts earlier than in a thick winter coat.
Make sure you don’t neglect his feet. Wet conditions can play havoc on his feet, and lost shoes are part of the joy of a muddy winter. Keep an eye out for thrush as well by picking out your horses feet regularly.
GROOM FOR A DAY
Make sure you give your horse a thorough groom regularly. Not only is it good for his circulation but it gives you the opportunity to bond with your horse. It also allows you to check him over for the start of any skin issues, such as mud fever or a rug rub on the wither. Spotting these early can prevent them from turning into expensive things! Our clients Renwick & Sons have the ultimate grooming kit to achieve great results and make grooming even more enjoyable for the two of you