Tips & hacks for the winter with horses!

Tips and hacks from Höveler to get through the winter more easily!

  1. Movement outside of driving to:

Whenever possible, try to give your horse as much free movement as possible. Put him in the meadow or in a paddock, are you afraid that your horse will run crazy? Then put down hay or give him breakfast in the meadow/paddock so he eats right away and doesn't start running. Would you rather not be in a meadow or paddock? Then put your horse in the walker or go for a walk with him and let him graze.

  1. Sufficient roughage:

Make sure your horse has enough roughage available all day and night. It takes a lot of energy for the horse to keep warm. Your horse can only provide himself with energy when he gets enough food to get energy from. Höveler roughage tips: Western Alfalfa, Alfalfa mixhey cobs, senior cobs.

  1. Ventilation:

Make sure that there is enough fresh air in the barn, even in winter. This prevents the smell of ammonia from becoming sweltering in your horse's stable. Are you afraid he will get cold? Put on a thicker blanket or extra blanket.

  1. Wet blankets:

Allow wet rain blankets (only if they are wet on the outside) to dry on your horse, then they will dry sooner than when you hang them and your horse will not be hindered by this.

  1. Resistance:

During the colder periods with temperature fluctuations, a horse's resistance can go down. To support the resistance of your horse during this time, it is important to continue to supplement the vitamins and minerals. Höveler vitamin and mineral tips: reformin plus, reformin muesli, Reformin liquid, Heamoferan, vitalysan.

  1.   Sufficient water:

The water drinking of horses is often underestimated in winter, yet it is very important. An adult horse drinks about 40-50 liters of water per day. When a horse does not get enough water, the horse will eat less and the overall condition and resistance of the horse will deteriorate. So make sure your horse has access to fresh drinking water all day long!

  1. Bit:

An ice cold bit in the horse's mouth is very annoying, because the bit then has a much lower temperature than the horse's body temperature and then has to be warmed up by the horse and it simply feels unpleasant for the horse. It is therefore best to keep your armor in a heated room, if this is not possible? Then warm up your bit by hand before putting the bridle on your horse.

  1. Warm up muscles:

When it's colder outside, a horse's muscles are colder at rest. When you start training with your horse, make sure you take a little longer for the warm-up. This gives the muscles time to warm up and prevents injuries.