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    07-24-2010, 04:24 AM
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Foal
Cranky in Winter?

My mum's horse gets really grumpy in winter, and acts all mare-ish and kind of depressed (I don't think he likes the cold). Is there anything that we can do to make him slightly less cranky? Like a herbal something? She's had him for 5 years, and he's always been like this... Thanks guys :)
     
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    07-24-2010, 04:29 AM
  #2
Banned
Maybe just try and keep it warm jumper, I don't no!!
     
    07-25-2010, 05:26 AM
  #3
Green Broke
What about one of those rugs horses can wear while riding?



Like this one ^^.

Also a nice long warm up will do well, getting her body moving should do well. I guess its similar to us where if we sit around we get cold. But if we get out in the nice warm sun and go for a jog we warm up? Just remember not too work her too hard because it is cold.

Sorry I don't have time to write a proper reply, hope I could help.
     
    07-25-2010, 09:54 AM
  #4
Trained
I get cranky in the winter! Lol. I hate the winter, but I'd wrather put up Australian Winter than Michigan Winter :P

I would start by putting the horse on a joint suppliment. Maybe MSM and B-L Solution Pellets - to help with stiff joints, muscles, inflamation that could be going on during the colder months.

Not sure what your feeding regime is, but maybe look into having a round bale put into the paddock/pasture with her, so that she can keep warmer by eating proper amounts of roughage. What is her feed regime? She could be going through digestive upset during the colder months, maybe get her on a Digestive Aid suppliment?

Are you blanketing her to help her keep weight and stay warmer?
     

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