Winter on a Horse Farm
Protecting your home and the animals that live there is pretty important for farmers. Being chore-efficient can help you get through the harsh season so your horses can remain healthy and happy year round. Weather in Ottawa is often unpredictable and unforgiving, so the last thing you want is for your horses to be wet, cold and helpless. Here are a few items you want to check off your list before January and February visit.
Horse Health Routine
There is more to taking care of a horse than simple tasks like, grooming, feeding and protection from the elements. Horses require dental care, vaccination and parasite control. It’s important to have a horse health routine that you can verify with your local veterinarian. You want to make sure you address these issues before winter starts and the risk of illness and infection increases. A good structure and proper ventilation is also recommended to prevent respiratory disease.
Shelter for Horses
Some horses like to live out in the open during the cold seasons because they can handle snow and rain thanks to their thick coats and healthy figures. Others commonly take shelter from windy nights more than snowy ones, so it’s important to make sure they have the option to take cover if necessary.
Manage your manure
A great way to maintain feces is to keep the pile covered during the winter, this will help it store the nutrients in the compost and help prevent potential pollution problems. If you’re looking for ways to keep the manure from spreading during the winter, read up on the do’s and dont’s by the Penn State Extension. They have great tips and guidelines for you to follow that may help you operate your farm better.
Nobody wants to deal with mold, not in their homes and definitely not in their barns and stalls. Mold and mildew are a type of fungus which thrive in dark and stuffy areas. A good way to stop it from growing is by adding a window or a ceiling fan to your barn, turning on a space heater and purchasing a humidifier to improve ventilation also helps. For more information on mold and additional ways to help prevent it, you can read Pro Equine Grooms article.
Footing for Paddocks
Eliminate mud and avoid erosion by creating a footing for paddocks. If there is an area which the horses are more likely to ‘hang out’ in then you want to target it with some wood, crushed rock or sand. This will help you complete your chores with ease and help prevent falls and slips.
There are a hundred and one things to worry about when you’re living on a horse farm but by crossing off the above items, you can start getting through the cold season one day at a time.
Stay warm and keep safe!
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