The Horse

NOV 2018

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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TheHorse.com | The Horse November 2018 31 ISTOCK.COM PHOTOS When the mercury rises or drops dramatically, will your horse be prepared? COLD Similarly, albeit not so drastically, horses might have a tough time adjusting to the elements when moving from a cold climate to a hot one (or vice versa) or when body- clipped during a serious cold snap. When horses have a chance to adjust gradually to seasons changing, they typically tolerate heat and cold well, says Bob Coleman, PhD, PAS, associate professor and equine extension specialist at the University of Ken- tucky, in Lexington. It's the combination of temperature extremes and swings that can be stressful. Here's how to help your horse handle these conditions and battle cold or heat stress. When the Going Gets Cold Temperature fluctuations in early fall or late spring— when the horse hasn't grown his winter hair coat yet or has already shed out—can be harder on horses than prolonged summer heat or winter cold. To protect horses from severe weather changes in winter, "we just need to provide a good windbreak or open-faced shed they can go into if they choose," says Bruce Connally, DVM, owner of Wyoming Equine, in Berthoud, Colorado. "These precautions can moderate temperature swings, as long as the horse is healthy and has adequate nutrition. The best 'blanket' we can put on them is a little fat, for Caption and

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