Cold Weather Feeding Practices for Horses

As the temperatures begin to fall in the early winter months, horses require additional energy to stay warm. This additional energy requirement usually calls for changes or alterations in feeding practices. This article explains how cold weather can impact your horse and what you can do to make your winter feeding program more efficient.

The Impact of Cold Weather

During cold weather, the horse requires additional energy to maintain its internal body temperature and keep warm. The exact amount of

My horse will not eat and has some white foam in his mouth. What could be wrong?

Any time a horse is unwilling to eat, there is reason for concern.

With foam coming from his mouth, one of the first problems to consider is choke (a blockage in the esophagus). If the problem does not resolve in an hour, your veterinarian will need to pass a stomach tube to check/resolve the choke.

Other possibilities that need to be considered are colic, respiratory problems, foreign bodies in the mouth/tongue, etc. All these problems are made worse in the …

15 Steps to Minimizing Theft of Horses and Equipment

Individuals can take several precautions in the management and care of horses, facilities and equipment to minimize the risk of theft. This article contains 15 steps to minimizing theft on any horse farm.

Pete Gibbs and Leman H. Wall, Professor and Extension Horse Specialist, and Extension Assistant-Animal Science/4-H; The Texas A&M University System

Almost any victim of horse theft can attest to the emotional and economic effect of such a crime. Over the past several years, both large- and …

Horses and Humans for a Healthy Habitat

Ways to keep our planet beautiful for us and our horses

Compiled by: Melissa J. Philbrick, Graduate Student, University of Connecticut. Under the supervision of Dr. Jenifer Nadeau, Associate Professor and Equine Extension Specialist, University of Connecticut.

Manure Management

More than just cleaning stalls…


Composting – What is it???

Composting is the biodegradation of organic material, such as food, yard waste (leaves and grass), and manure. It may take a very long time for some material to biodegrade depending on …

Traveling With Your Horse

No matter where the destination, horse owners are constantly traveling with their horses. Proper planning and anticipation of problems can result in a safe journey. This article discusses some details that horse owners should consider when traveling with their horse.

Doyle G. Meadows, Professor, Animal Science; John E. Henton, Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences,College of Veterinary Medicine; W. Warren Gill, Professor, Animal Science 

Horse properly tied to trailer.

People go almost everywhere with their horses. Many go to …

Horse Trailering Tips

When transporting horses, safety of the horse and people is paramount. Proper planning, preparation and maintenance prior to the trip will ensure a safe and successful journey. This article provides information and guidelines to ensure a safe trip to your next destination.

Doyle G. Meadows, Professor, Animal Science; John E. Henton, Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine 

Slant load trailers have become a popular choice for equine transport.

In today’s mobile horse industry, horses are …

Horse Manure Management

With proper planning, manure management can be beneficial to both the farm and the environment. This article provides information on environmental and health impacts of manure as well as proper manure storage and management.

J.G. Davis, A. M. Swinker, and Crystal Smith


Manure management is a vital part of modern day horse ownership. Many horses spend a significant portion of their day in stalls, accumulating large amounts of manure and stall waste. Horse owners generally have a limited amount …

Winter Care for Horses

Proper horse care and management during the winter is essential. As it becomes colder, the horses requirements for energy, shelter and hoof care begin to change. This article explains the different requirements horses have during the winter and practices horse owners can do to meet those requirements.

As the weather turns cold, many horses are ridden less and less. It is easy to become relaxed in a horse’s daily care since they are not being used as often. However, horses …

Responsible Horse Care for Winter and Summer

Proper horse care year round is important to maintaining a healthy horse. This publication provides information on how you can keep your horse healthy throughout all seasons of the year. 

Steven M. Jones, Extension Horse Specialist

Your horse depends upon you to provide all its basic needs for survival and good health. The enjoyment of horse ownership is dependent on your animal’s health and condition. A sick or poorly maintained animal cannot be pleasurable. Consistent maintenance of your horse’s health …