What you see. The starting point for addressing any equine health related issue is your observation.


Weather Change, Snow, Rain, Lightning, Thunder


Severe weather and weather changes can cause stress in horses. Compounding the direct effect of the stress are changes in management, which may or may not help the situation. Sometimes, the management changes made in response to a major weather change

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your role


What To Do

Generally, keep feeding and management as close to normal as possible. Provide appropriate shelter for the particular weather event. Horses should have access to shelter from wind, rain and snow. Feed as you usually would. Don't supplement with new feeds. These new feeds can be triggers for intestinal dysfunction and conditions causing colic.

What Not To Do

Do not drastically change feed, thinking that horses need extra nutrition

your vet's role

Your vet may provide specific advice for particular climactic or weather stresses.
Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • How are the horses doing? Are they showing problems of any kind?
  • What weather change are you dealing with?

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP