09-20-2008, 11:46 AM
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I do not up anyone's grain intake for winter.
I do up their hay intake by quite a bit. Hay is roughage and roughage is what they need to keep warm, keep their innards working properly, and keep meat on their bones :)
If a person feels better upping the grain, the hay also should be increased. Increasing grain only can possibly lead to impaction/colic.
Also as an FYI :)
My horses are 12, 14, 21, & 22 years old. As horses start reaching out for, and into, their golden years, they become susceptible to more ailments - just like people.
Last year we put two heated stock tanks up at the barn, and bought heated water buckets for all four horses when they come in at night.
I was amazed and amazed again at how much water ALL the horses drank last winter as opposed to the winters "before heat".
We put the stock tanks and heated buckets away for summer, but it will soon be time to drag them down from storage and put up the "summer tubs" No belly aches allowed on my property :P