The holidays are fast approaching, and with them come colder temperatures, snow and ice. If you own a Pennsylvania horse farm or take care of horses, you’ll want to take some time during the rest of the fall season to prepare your barn and animals for winter.
Snow is not just an inconvenience, it can be a safety hazard to horses wearing metal shoes. The heat from the horses’ feet melts the snow slightly, which then quickly refreezes into a hard, icy “snowball” when it touches the metal shoe. This buildup of snow and ice can grow to several inches, and cause horses to slip, stumble, or injure themselves. Some horse owners choose to remove shoes for the winter, while others opt for rubber “snow pads” to be added. These rubber pads prevent snow and ice from building up within the shoe and keep horses moving comfortably all winter long.
If you plan to keep riding throughout the colder winter months, you may also want to consider body clipping your horse. Removing some or all of the horse’s heavy winter coat allows them to work without getting sweaty, reducing the time needed after riding for the coat to dry and preventing them from getting chilled. Clipped horses will also need to be blanketed when not ridden, so be sure your horse’s wardrobe is in good repair now!
Cold temperatures can also spell disaster for horse barns with water lines. When the digits drop, pipes can freeze and burst in your barn. Before the first real cold snap hits, be sure that your pipes are properly heated or insulated against the cold to prevent freezing. Frost-free hydrants are a practical, safe option for exterior water sources near pastures or paddocks.
In Eastern PA, horse farm owners also need to be sure their buildings are prepared for the inevitable blizzard. Inspect roofs, doors, and windows for damage before nasty storms hit to be sure that your barn stays warm and dry during the inevitable snow, sleet, and hail that winter brings. Check fencing to be sure that posts and rails are secure, and won’t blow over in the bitter winter wind.
If your PA horse property has an outdoor arena, now is also the time to put away jumps or other obstacles for the season. Winter weather can be tough on equipment stored outdoors, and if you have the space, moving jumps inside for the winter can help increase their longevity.
Taking some time to prepare your farm and horses for winter weather can help you face the Pennsylvania cold and snow with confidence!
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