It is here, the middle Tennessee area is now experiencing its first major drop in temperature after a big rain storm. Now is the time to watch closely for colic. Be sure your horse is drinking enough water! Also be sure to provide free choice salt or add some to their feed to encourage drinking. Some horses like warm water and will not drink very cold water. A heated bucket that keeps the water at about 55 degrees is a good choice for many horses, and some even enjoy actual heated water, similar to warmish tea or coffee. Horses should also be getting plenty of high quality hay and forage to keep their gut moving. Lastly, if you stop riding in this weather, your horse still needs to move around, even at a walk, to help encourage digestion and hold off a scary bout of colic. Information shared here is a suggestion by fellow horse lovers and should not take the place of veterinary advice. Contact your veterinarian about any changes to your routine and advice about cold weather colic prevention.
We have Rambo and Amigo horse blankets for your equine friend, Kerrits winter breeches, and Ariat sweatshirts and vests. Stop on in to our retail store to shop for your winter needs.