BE WARY OF WINTER FOOTING
warmer temperatures soften the mud.
• Thick ice. If your turnout area looks icy, carefully walk out onto the sur-
face and stomp. If your weight breaks
the ice, your horses will be fine on it.
Thicker ice, however, can cause serious
injuries if a horse slips and falls. If your
ice is too thick to break through, consid-
er an alternative turnout space, such as
an indoor arena, or perhaps another
pasture that gets more direct sunlight,
until the ice melts.