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Your feed room is a log­i­cal and ap­pro­pri­ate place to keep your horse’s med­i­ca­tions briefly, but it may not be the best place to store them long-term. Tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity fluc­tu­a­tions in barns can al­ter the com­po­si­tion of med­i­ca­tions. Liq­uid and paste med­i­ca­tions may be­come clouded or sep­a­rate as they freeze and thaw, but com­pro­mised pills and pow­ders may show no out­ward signs. Med­i­ca­tions that have gone through mul­ti­ple or ex­treme fluc­tu­a­tions may no longer be safe or ef­fec­tive. Keep in mind that ex­pi­ra­tion dates are de­ter­mined by test­ing after stor­age in op­ti­mal con­di­tions.

Liq­uids and pastes are best stored in a cli­mate-con­trolled space that keeps them at the tem­per­a­ture range in­di­cated on the la­bel. The house or a heated tack room or garage is one op­tion, as is a re­frig­er­a­tor. For pow­ders and pills, you can store the amount you are likely to use in a week in the feed room, but keep the rest in a place with a con­sis­tent tem­per­a­ture to pro­tect their long-term sta­bil­ity.

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