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Re: [RC] [RC] feeding for the cold weather (Susan G?) - Laurie Durgin

Even here in Ga. They eat more. They can eat 2 days less on a round bale when it's been cold. I've read you add about 10% to rations per 10 degree drop. under freezing. And when we get the 33 degree with cold rain for 6 hours or more ,you just bet they shiver if they don't have a waterproof blanket or shelter.We kind of get into a pattern of rain in winter every 3-7 days in winter. It may rain all day or off and on . The trick is it may rain all day at 45- 50 degrees, then it drops into 30's at night .So you either stall or swap waterproof sheet to waterproof blankets at night. Otherwise you have a wet shivering horse as the temp drops 30 degrees or so. I have to add estra beetpulp/pellets when it gets real cold or tlhey will drop weight.(I also use fat) .I usually up the beet pulp first though.Laurie


From: <heidi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <Elkenchild@xxxxxxx>
CC: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RC]   feeding for the cold weather (Susan G?)
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 15:48:13 -0700 (MST)

> I just heard a vet lecture on winter feeding last night. Horses are much
>  cooler animals, our forty degree weather is about seventy degrees to
> them! Only  increase feed if temp is at zero or below, and hay is the
> best thing for it. We  feed beet pulp and oil in the winter as well, but
> he thinks it's not a  necessity!

Yikes!  I sure see a lot of horses around me here in my rural area that
are thin and rough by spring simply because they are expected to winter on
summer rations.  We rarely get below zero here (did have a couple of
sub-zero nights last week, but that's about the extent of it) but we sure
hang in that range of single-digit nights and days that don't quite make
it up to freezing for weeks on end.

We DEFINITELY feed more in the winter to equip horses for that sort of
weather, although I would concur that they need even more when the mercury
drops below zero.

But I do agree that in most cases it is easiest (and best) to do it with
more hay.

Heidi



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