If your horses need blanketing to stay comfortable in winter, fall is the time to check their “warm clothes” for needed repairs and cleaning. If you find you need to shop for something new, be sure to see next month’s special blanket feature for tips to help you find just what you need.
Fat = Less Fertile
Overweight mares have lower fertility, decreased milk production, and potentially an increased risk of dystocia (obstructed labor). Plus, they’re at risk for insulin resistance and laminitis. Don’t allow your pregnant mare to exceed a score of 6 on the standard body- condition scoring rubric ( bit.ly/bodyconditionscore).
Be on the Alert List
The lowdown: You can now stay abreast of infectious- disease outbreaks and updates via email alerts from the Equine Disease Communication Center, a new industry-funded communication hub based in Lexington, Kentucky. How to participate: The service is free; subscribe through the EDCC mailing- list link at