I grew up in California, always had horses in California and well, in California there isn't a whole lot different you do to care for your horses in the winter. Just make sure to walk them cool after your right and that's about it as it will maybe drop down to a whole 50 degrees max out there.
But now I live in Nebraska. I've seen it go to 10 or 20 F below. I am absolutely CLUELESS as to how to properly see to Cinny's winter needs.
This is what he has now:
He is in a heated barn that they say they heat to about 30 to 40 degrees F. That's just above freezing and probably just enough to keep the auto water going.
He has grass mixture feed, 3 flakes in the am and 3 in the pm and it seems to give him enough to give him a few hours of something to do but has not made him fat. He gets it at 6am and 3 pm...the hours they feed at the stable.
He also gets a SmartPack with Farriers Formula, MSM, NuImage and Smart Vite grass formula. I AM planning to change this because I think the NuImage and the Farriers Formula may be a bit of overkill. He gets his Smart Pack mixed with just enough 12%sweet feed to get him to eat it, as he won't eat it on his own.
I know to give a good warm up and cool down with work, but in the winter how much longer, shorter? Should I get him a cooler sheet, or is that overkill? We do not have a hot walker and it's hard to walk him out in the barn but I will do whatever it takes.
Thank you for any and all adivice, etc I really want to get what I need before the cold hits in a few months.