It's fall, which means out here we're in for rapid weather changes! It's sunny 73°F here today, and it's a high of 32°F with a 100% chance of snow tomorrow. As I know I can't be the only one experiencing wild fall weather, I thought I would share my tips for keeping your horses comfortable and happy.
1) Don't be afraid to blanket, but don't jump the gun. Horses often don't have the coat they need to deal with sudden early-season temperature drops and moisture, so a turnout blanket can definitely help them out. However, don't get overzealous - blanketing too early before the drop can overheat your horse, cause sweating, and make your horse even colder than they would've been otherwise.
2) Provide access to dry shelter. While this may seem obvious, many turnout paddocks don't have any sheds as the horses are only in them for a few hours each day. But those few hours can be hard for your horse with a cold front blowing in and snow coming down! Giving him the option to hide where it's dry and out of the wind will help keep him warm.
3) Be proactive - get your horse on some pro/probiotics. I've done a whole post on them under the Nutrition category, but HorseTech's Gutwerks formula is my go-to. It's supports their digestive system so it can stay active and steady during wild temp swings. You can use the code cairdeas10 for 10% off.
4) Feed feed feed. Horses get a lot of their warmth by eating, as their gut works like a giant furnace from the inside out while they're digesting. Grass hay in a slow feed net can do a lot to keep your equine partner nice and toasty!
Are you getting temp swings this time a year? How do you keep your horses comfortable? Comment below!