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post #1 of 3 Old 03-01-2014, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Horses Tired in Winter

So, I live in WI. As I'm sure many of you know, this winter has been terrible: The snow, the cold, etc. My two mares live on my property in their paddock and have a shelter that is divided into a couple sections, so they can choose where they want to be and when.

Some quick background on the girls: Star is an 18 year old NSH, and has some arthritis and ulcers, but we have her on medication/supplements. Lucky is a 12 year old Paint. They don't get worked in the winter, as we do not have an indoor arena, and it is treacherous in the fields; they really don't like walking around the paddock all that much either.

They both seem tired almost all the time, and Star especially seems lethargic. We have her on daily supplements for the ulcer and arthritis, and we give her medication for these things as needed. I know that horses don't go into hibernation, but can they get some version of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?

I was just wondering if anyone else was experiencing this with their horses, or if this is something that I need to worry about.
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They are bored. Try putting bits of hay around the paddock, well spread out. This will get them moving which improves digestion. I've stuffed a small mesh hay net, tied it and thrown it into the snow, like a big pillow. The horses have a blast pawing at it or tossing it in the air. I also drilled 1/2" holes in the upper 2/3 of a well rinsed gallon bleach bottle, filled it with several cups of pellets (below the holes) and tossed that out. If you do this, stick around and you'll be entertained. As they bunt it around a few pellets fall out and soon the fun begins.
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So, I live in WI. As I'm sure many of you know, this winter has been terrible: The snow, the cold, etc. My two mares live on my property in their paddock and have a shelter that is divided into a couple sections, so they can choose where they want to be and when.

Some quick background on the girls: Star is an 18 year old NSH, and has some arthritis and ulcers, but we have her on medication/supplements. Lucky is a 12 year old Paint. They don't get worked in the winter, as we do not have an indoor arena, and it is treacherous in the fields; they really don't like walking around the paddock all that much either.

They both seem tired almost all the time, and Star especially seems lethargic. We have her on daily supplements for the ulcer and arthritis, and we give her medication for these things as needed. I know that horses don't go into hibernation, but can they get some version of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?

I was just wondering if anyone else was experiencing this with their horses, or if this is something that I need to worry about.
my own nsh is like that, too. in the past, i have given him a gallon water jug, filled with grain, that he could kick around and get little nibbles as he plays. i also try to give him a bit extra love time, leading exercises, etc. i have been considering getting him a ball to play with.

just got to figure out a way to keep their minds busy, in a place that offers safe footing :)
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