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Do Horses in Mild Climates Need Extra Care During Winter?
Texas and other southern states might have mild winters, but that doesn’t mean temperatures can’t drop below freezing. On these cold days, how will horses stay warm?
In general, horses’ coats are enough to keep them warm in the winter, even in snowy weather, said Leslie Easterwood, MA, DVM, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, in College Station. But for owners who clip their horse’s coat short during the winter, you’ll need to help your horse stay warm.
One way to help your horse stay warm is by providing shelter. A closed-in barn is nice, but not required, Easterwood said. Generally, as long as the horse has some way of escaping the weather, their unclipped coats should be adequate in maintaining body heat.
“Horses generally grow enough hair to stay warm,” Easterwood said. “The worst weather for them is when conditions are wet and windy. If they have a shelter to avoid the wind and rain, then they will be more comfortable.”
Another way to keep your horse warm is to provide a blanket. Blanketing is not a necessity for most horses in Texas, but will benefit horses with clipped coats when temperatures drop. However, as it warms up throughout the day, the blanket will need to be changed to prevent sweating.
Source : TheHorse