In case you haven’t heard yet, there is a big snow storm coming tomorrow. All the news channels are covering it. If you want to see your weather forecast, check it out here. In many areas, the rain will start tonight and will slowly turn into snow with snow continuing into Thursday. This storm will also be accompanied by very strong winds.
Now, what we care about? How to take care of our horse and livestock!
- Be sure to provide clean, unfrozen water. Many animals prefer water that has a tank heater because the slightly warmer temperature goes down easier for them.
- If you can, provide 3 sided shelter with a roof. This way the animals can get out of the elements if they choose to. If you cannot provide that sort of shelter, provide as much shelter as you can; ESPECIALLY a windbreak since these could be up to Category 2 hurricane winds alongside the snow.
- The more hay, the better. Much of the horse’s body heat is produced by the fermentation of fiber in the hindgut.
- If your horses (or livestock) do not have an adequate winter coat, be sure to provide them with an insulated blanket.
- Extremely young and older animals have a harder time with extreme weather, so be sure to provide them with extra support in this weather.
Good luck and stay safe in this storm (and be sure to tag us in fun snowy animal pictures on social media!).