“Horses may get undetected cuts during the winter so update any needed vaccinations and make sure your horse is immunized against tetanus,” states Mays.
Even though nature may be dormant during the winter months, parasites are not, especially in moderate climate environments, says Mays. Internal and external parasites have a negative influence on your horse’s health. Tick and lice numbers can increase in areas of confinement. Long, thick hair cover aids in hiding these parasites, so regular grooming is necessary. Shorter winter pastures may expose your horse to increased contact with nematode larvae and thus increased internal parasites.
Attention to your horse’s environment, as well as nutritional, physical and medical needs will help your horse weather this winter and be fit for riding come spring.
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