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Winter Horse Care Tips

I'm Cold, So They Must Be Cold Humans have the tendency to think that if they are cold, their horse must be cold, but Mother Nature has provided horses the ability to prevail against the harshest conditions. "Horses evolved as temperate animals and actually are more comfortable in cold temperatures than in warm," explains Dr. Janice Sojka, associate professor of large animal medicine at Purdue University. "One source states the horse's neutral zone - the temperature where the animal is most comfortable and is not expending any energy to keep himself cool or warm - is between 20 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 to +4 degrees C)." Most horses will handle the cold weather just fine, as they have a very effective thermal blanket in the form of a coat. They also have the ability to trap air in their coat, which provides an insulating layer. With that said, there…

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