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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 anew 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 Of Colic

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 them.

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 

Created On  9 Nov 2018 14:22  -  Permalink


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