We can’t escape it: the days are getting shorter and colder and that can only mean one thing: Winter is coming! But how do you make sure your horse is optimally prepared for the cold weather?
In winter, the risk of disease is higher. Not only people are affected, horses are no exception. Horses eat little or no grass in winter, which results in less vitamin E absorption. Vitamin E helps to strengthen your horse’s resistance. In addition, roughage, which is already stored during the summer, will have lost a large part of its vitamins and minerals. It is therefore very important to maintain the vitamin level of your horse during the winter. But how can you do this?
Vitamin E supplementation and forage
First of all, it is important to check the quality of your hay. If your hay has been stored for a long period of time, the vitamin E content will have decreased considerably. It is also important that the feed is of good quality. As your horse absorbs less vitamin E in winter than in summer, it may be advisable to give him a supplement that reinforces his natural resistance. Global Medics Vitamin E contains various vitamins and minerals that your horse needs for a healthy winter.
Support your horse’s natural resistance
In addition to feeding, you can also do preparatory work: for example, check whether your horse has worms. After all, worms cause nutrients to be less easily absorbed into the bloodstream. This means your horse will feel less well in general. This will decrease your horse’s resistance, making it more susceptible to bacteria and viruses and therefore more likely to get sick.
It is also important to avoid stressful situations. Most horses spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, whereas this is often not possible in the winter. It is therefore important to keep your horse “busy” in the stable. You can do this by putting toys in his stall, by letting him regularly play in the arena with other horses, by giving him small portions of hay more often per day, … In this way, you ensure that your horse stays busy, that gastric complications are less likely to occur and that he is less likely to get bored.