icy conditions cowgirl magazine

Icy conditions are a horse owners worst fear. Now that winter has arrived, it’s a good idea to be prepared for these cold, wet days. Ice can make fields and outdoor arenas dangerous. Your horse is at risk for slipping and injuring themselves. Make sure to take action to prevent these kind of accidents!

Icy Weather Tips

  • Stay informed! Watch the weather channel or check your phone app to follow the winter storm. You should know what’s coming before it arrives.
  • Create traction with the use of pet-friendly salt like Ice Slicer Nature’s Blend. Natural materials, such as manure, sand, wood shavings, and straw, can also help. Stock up ahead of time.
  • Old rugs can be laid out in outdoor walkways to make a safer space.
  • Keep your horse barefoot or use snow pads with rubber rims. A barefoot horse has better traction in the winter months.
  • Avoid spilling water while filling troughs.
  • Leave your horse inside until the ice has a chance to melt.
  • If a stall isn’t available, put hay in their run-in shelter to encourage them to stay in there.
  • Don’t ride on icy ground. Better safe than sorry! If they need exercise, hand walk them down the barn aisle.
  • De-ice your horse’s water. If possible, use a heated bucket.
  • Make sure your horse is warm enough with extra hay and a blanket if necessary.

By following these tips, you can increase you and your horse’s safety this winter!