Basic tips on horses can sometimes be hard to weed out with so much at our fingertips. So here are just a few basic tips on horses on how to care for your horse in the winter months. I have found many people tend to overcompensate during this time. Two common tips on horses that I see people do is change their horses feed and blanket them. They will give them a grain mixture of some sort, sweet feed, alfalfa, etc. thinking they need this to keep warm in the colder temperatures. Granted some tips on horses indicate that they do need a little more care in the winter but generally most do just fine in the cold temperatures. Unless your horses specify some special dietary needs there really is no reason to be changing their diet for the season. Horses may tend to eat more in the colder months but the tips on horses to add a sweet feed is not going to be beneficial for your horse in fact it will do more harm than good.
More tips on horses that are rarely necessary are blanketing. I think with our horses we tend to put human thoughts into our horse care and think because we need a blanket so do our horses. There are always those special case tips on horses like when a horse has moved to a different climate, is older or may be sick but generally not necessary. In fact when you do blanket the little muscles that your horse uses to move each strand of hair weakens. This makes it more difficult for your horse to move its hair when needed for wind and cold. There are some tips on horses that few people even know about.
With my horses the only tips on horses that I tend to follow in the colder months are a heater in the water tub and an increase in their regular hay. And a couple other tips on horses are mine always have hay in their slow feeder hay nets and adequate shelter year round. I know many of us just do what we have always done with our horses but take a minute and ask yourself: “Is this really benefiting my horse and is it necessary?” Like I said tips on horses can sometimes be overwhelming so try to “Keep it natural…keep it simple”.