[Giveaway] Horse Winter Care 3-Point Checklist

Whether you and your horse are welcoming the winter season with bells on, or you’re both planning to hunker down under a blanket until the snow melts, it’s time to make your winter horse care to-do list. To make it easier to get your horse winter-ready, we’ve put together a quick checklist with everything you need to this season. Don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway for a chance to win a horse winter care package.

Feed your horse for cold weather.
To stay warm and avoid losing weight, your horse will most likely need to eat more in the winter. Extra calories provide energy and prevent weight loss, while digesting the high fiber content in their hay helps your horse’s body generate more heat. As a general rule of thumb, your horse will need 25% more calories in the winter than they would in the summer. The colder it gets, the more hay your horse will need. They may maintain their weight on around 2-3% of their body weight in hay daily, but some horses need a diet supplemented with grains or fats for extra calories. If you’re unsure, monitor your horse’s body condition closely and ask your veterinarian if you have trouble keeping weight on them.

Take care of your horse’s joints.
The cold weather can cause muscles to tighten up, and the drop in barometric pressure can put an extra strain on your horse’s joints. Many horses can benefit from a joint supplement like Phycox, even if they’re not showing signs of pain or inflammation. Horses that have had recent injuries or have developed arthritis may need additional support that can include over-the-counter pain relievers, holistic preparations like T-Relief Arnica, prescription pain mediations from your veterinarian, massage, and/or topicals like Veterinary Liniment Gel. It may also be a good time to schedule appointments for physical therapy, acupuncture, or chiropractic therapy.

Winterize your horse’s hooves.
In the winter, some horse keepers let their horses go barefoot to give them a break from their shoes as they take time off from riding or working. Some horses need shoes for support on hard, cold surfaces, especially if they have a history of hoof issues. And while your horse’s hooves will not grow as quickly in the winter, they will still need occasional trims. Ask your farrier about the best relaxed hoof care schedule for your horse, and whether they should be shoed, wear boots, or go barefoot.

Enter the PetMeds® Winter Wellness for Horses Giveaway!
To celebrate the start of this winter season, PetMeds® is giving away a Winter Wellness Package that includes MSM to support your horse’s joints, Thrush Buster for special hoof care in cold/wet climates, and Stud Muffins for some extra winter treats.

The PetMeds® Winter Wellness for Horses Giveaway runs from Thursday December 2, 2021, through Friday, December 31, 2021. Everyone who enters from 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) December 2, 2021 to December 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET is eligible to win. There will be a total of two winners. One winner will be notified every two weeks on Friday 12/10, and 12/24.

Win A Winter Wellness Package for Horses from PetMeds®!
Celebrate Harvest Season!  Let us know below how you’ll show your horse some extra support this winter and you could win a Winter Wellness Package for Horses from PetMeds®! One winner will be randomly chosen every two weeks on Friday 12/10 and 12/24 , so everyone who participates has a chance to win! There will be a total of two (2) winners. (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck!  

Congrats to our Week 1 Winner Donna Haines in South Carolina, and our Week 2 Winner Dawn Sears. Look out for an email from us! This contest has ended, but there are many ways you can take good care of your horse all year round!

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  1. I have a few horses that wear blankets to help keep them warm and dry. All my horses recieve extra hay as the digestion of hay creates internal warmth. They can be stalled if the weather is really terrible. Lastly, extra cuddles as their fur is thick and fluffy!!

  2. I feed soaked alfalfa cubes during the colder months, along with blanketing my herd and feeding extra hay.

  3. keep him good for the winter

  4. I got her a nice warm blanket, have he stall bedded deep with sawdust, and put warm water on her food.

  5. Hi! My guy is 24 but you wouldn’t be able to tell that. That winter I moved him to a different barn. I struggled with the blanket, no blanket dilemma and didn’t blanket unless the temperature got 30 or below. I was feeding him 2 flakes twice a day. He lost some weight and muscle tone. Now I free feed grass hay and give him 3 pounds of Strategy GX and 1 pounds of rice bran pellets softened with warm water. And I blanket for 40 degrees and under

  6. I plan to use some T-Relief Arnica to help the horses. They also have nice blankets and horse “coats” that I have made for them.

  7. I give my retired senior performance 1993 mare quarter horse extra calories supplements and extra hay as well as warmed water and keep her blanketed. She is in a large stall with other stalled horses in a barn and gets turn-out daily. Her hooves are trimmed every month and are never shod as she is retired. She gets lots of treats including carrots and human attention.

  8. We give the horses a hot lunch, packed with beet pulp, fat and joint supplements, ulcer protection and just a little grain, for taste.

  9. Cincerri FleetwoodDecember 2, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    I live in the mountains of Colorado and it get cold!
    I Blanket with mid weight blankets at 28 degrees to zero degrees and then blanket with heavyweight blankets Dec-March and use neck covers when actively snowing. They have heated water so it never freezes. They eat hay that is hung in hay bags 24/7 and supplement with low starch/low sugar senior pellets.
    I order my horse medications from1-800-petmeds of Metaformin a prescription medication and Thyroid-L. another prescription medication.
    One of my horses has a metabolic issue and needs help converting carbohydrates .
    I have called other pharmacies and found 1-800-petmeds was the most affordable and offered free shipping .

  10. My friend puts blankets on her horses.

  11. Making sure they have proper shelter from the elements and that that are being feed enough. Just going out and spending time showing them love.

  12. My 6 rescue horses get soaked, warm beet pulp and alfalfa. We planted winter rye so they have fresh greens to graze on during the winter. They have access to round coastal bermuda hay 24/7. The older ones get ground flax and senior feed to help keep weight up. The arthritic ones get MSM, glucosamine and chondroitin to help joint pain. They have access to a large run in barn to get out of nasty weather.

  13. We have their blankets and heaters ready to for the winter.

  14. I cannot answer “how you’ll show your horse some extra support this winter” as I do not have a horse but will donate to Angels Horse Rescue if I win.

  15. Extra hay to eat and extra straw for bedding is what we have always done for our horses and ponies in winter

  16. Horse Safety Fire Pits with cooling infrared heaters on the inside

  17. Extra blankets and extra nutritious food is part of my winter extra care regime.

  18. Quality alfalfa 24/7 and rice bran seems to keep them in good flesh. I add MSM for joint health.

  19. Thanks for the chance to win Pet Meds!🐴

  20. Turn out in the arena when the weather gets bad

  21. My horses wear blankets at night in the colder weather when in their well bedded clean stalls. If it is cold or rainy during the day then they have turnout water proof sheets. I also put warm weather over their food at night and their hay. Water is always readily available to them with a heated water trough in the winter months and fresh water daily in their stalls.

  22. I give my horses a clean shelter for them to get out of the weather and they get their shoes off to help prevent snow from packing up in them and slipping. They get extra hay and if they don’t have enough hair they’ll get a blanket!

  23. We give my granddaughter’s horses extra care to ready them for the cold of Idaho winter weather. The 3 horses of which I speak have warm housing with plenty of dry shavings, extra grain with a little extra vitamin twice every day, fresh water from a heated source, and their bedding is cleaned every evening. Our horses are given exercise every day as well, either by lunging or free run in their pasture area. Of course, their shoes were removed before the first snow and they each have a warm blanket available for the colder weather,

  24. We put heaters in the barn and make sure he has blankets to keep warm when he does venture out of the barn. We make sure he’s happy and warm!

  25. Mine will Have round bales out the whole winter with stalls if they want to go inside. Blankets if they are cold. But my Gelding can get his off no matter how I put them on.

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