Re: Canadian winters and preventing winter laminitis

Helen Connor

Hi Heather,

I've never lived in the Canadian north in winter, but with the temps you describe, yes, a closeable door would be a good idea. Insulation will be a very good idea. Just make sure a bored (even if cold) horse can't pull it out of the walls. Wind, of course, will make temps feel colder, so orienting your shelter to face away from the dominate wind is a good idea too. I would also blanket your horse for those temps and put socks and boots on Rio. Remove those every few days to make sure Rio's skin is doing okay and the blanket and socks are dry. If wet, put dry ones on. Make sure he's not losing weight due to the cold. Up his feed if necessary. Remember to warm his water somehow. Good luck!
Helen Connor and Blessing (IR/PPID)
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