WINTER MANAGEMENT TIPS: PART 1
The clocks have gone back, the evenings are darker and the
air is cooler- that can only mean one thing, winter is upon us.
This brings a whole host of management difficulties from
fitting in riding in the daylight hours to preventing winter ailments to keeping
your horse and yourself warm. We’ve put together our winter tips for
maintaining fitness and health during the colder months.
Prepare In Advance
If you have the ability to, make multiple
haynets at a time when you have 20 minutes. This will mean you can simply put
them where you need them which will save you time during mornings and evenings.
15 Minutes Is Better Than Nothing
If the dark nights and miserable weather
makes you lack motivation to ride on weekdays, this can have a detrimental
impact on your horses fitness plan. Where possible, aim for a minimum of 15
minutes of exercising per your fitness plan days, whether that is schooling,
lunging or hacking. After warming up, 15 minutes of exercise per session will
keep you on track so that your fitness regime is not compromised, while making the
thought of exercising less daunting.
Hack On A Weekend
The weekend often offers the opportunity
for longer rides, take the opportunity to ride longer and maybe even explore a
new hacking route. Your horse may spend a longer amount of time in the stable
in winter, give them new surroundings to look at to keep riding fun and to
shake up your exercise routine.
Monitor Water Consumption & Warning Signs
During the colder months, longer periods of
stabling can lead to a higher risk of colic. Try and fill your water buckets
right to the top so that you can monitor exactly how much your horse is
drinking, it can be handy to have a water bucket with measurement markers on
We offer a highly durable option that does
not go brittle over time and has a handy graduated measure on the inside
surface for close water consumption monitoring.
With the grass becoming sparse, when turned
out the horses can graze right down to the soil which can lead to a higher risk
of sand colic. To avoid this, put plenty of hay in the paddocks where your
horse will be turned out.
Adjust Rugging As Required
Frequently check how warm your horse is,
considering the following:
Are they turned out or stabled right now?
Are they clipped?
Are they naturally hot or do they feel the cold?
Make sure you are not rugging as per how cold
you feel, rather than your horse.
A rugging system can be extremely helpful, allowing you to add
or remove liners as required to create different weights of rug.
Our bestselling rugging system is the Titan Trio complete 4
in 1 rug: https://www.premierequine.co.uk/titan-trio-complete-4-in-1-turnout-rug-c2x21443659
Whether you have an intense competition schedule this
winter, or your horses are having a break; we hope our top tips may help you
manage your routine well and enjoy the colder months, the flies will be back
before you know it!
What are your top winter tips? Let us know.
Next week: Winter
Management Tips Part 2