Have you ever thought about how much horses do love the snow? A cute video of some brown horses was posted on Facebook on 27 January 2021. The footage shows how adorable and innocent can these horses be. They feel safe, happy, and loved. Horses can do fine living outside through the winter. Cold temperatures alone don’t generally make horses uncomfortable, but wind and moisture can be difficult for them to tolerate, so they must be able to escape the elements.
With their furry coats and stables, which serve as protection during winter weather, farm animals like horses normally fare just fine in winter. Occasionally, horses will eat snow if it is available and cut back on drinking water somewhat. Horse owners should not consider snow as a water source and should always provide an adequate supply of fresh, non-frozen water. Water is the most important nutrient because it is needed for almost every bodily function.
“After a ride across the mountain to check my horses on winter pasture, the sun had set and the temperature was dropping toward zero. I didn’t want to leave my mare wet and chilling; she needed her coat dry and fluffy for it to be effective insulation. My fingers were stiff with cold, but I had to rub her sweaty long hair dry with towels and turn her out in her pen before I could go indoors and soak up the welcome heat of a wood stove.
Our horses handle winter much better than we do, and my ranch horses in Idaho have managed nicely outdoors, even at 40 below zero. They have several unique ways to stay comfortable in severe weather and do well if allowed to adapt to colder temperatures gradually.” said the expert Tom in one interview.
In cold, wet weather, horses should have a shelter where they can escape the rain or snow. “If it’s wet, horses need some trees or an open-sided shed they can get under,” says Connally. “If there’s no shelter, a waterproof blanket could be very useful.”
Horses are very gentle and cute creatures but in wintertime, we have to take a lot of care of them.