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a heated bucket or im­mersible heater to en­sure your horse’s wa­ter tem­per­a­ture stays above freez­ing.

• Check all au­to­mated wa­ter­ers daily. Frozen lines, elec­tric short cir­cuits or sim­ple me­chan­i­cal fail­ure can cause an au­to­matic wa­terer to run dry, and you may not no­tice un­til your horse is dan­ger­ously de­hy­drated. Even though you aren’t dump­ing and fill­ing buck­ets, make it a habit to check the func­tion of ev­ery au­to­matic wa­terer on your prop­erty ev­ery day.

• Mix up some mashes. A warm, wet, soupy mash is an easy way to get some ex­tra wa­ter into a horse. Skip the tra­di­tional bran, how­ever---its sud­den ap­pear­ance in your horse’s diet can lead to colic. In­stead, wet your horse’s usual feed with enough hot wa­ter to soften it into a moist mash-like con­sis­tency. Feed it once it has cooled slightly but well be­fore it be­gins to freeze. If your horse isn’t sen­si­tive to sug­ars, you can add a dol­lop of ap­ple­sauce for an ex­tra treat. • Pur­chase: water­less stain re­movers and sham­poos • Con­sid­er­a­tions: Ef­fi­cacy is a pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tion, so look for a prod­uct that gets good con­sumer re­views for re­mov­ing tough coat stains with­out leav­ing a residue be­hind. Some prod­ucts are specif­i­cally de­signed to clean and brighten white mark­ings, so se­lect ac­cord­ingly if that’s your tar­get area. For­mu­la­tion is also some­thing to con­sider: A spray will still wet a horse’s coat slightly, while a truly dry pow­der shampoo will need to be brushed or vac­u­umed out thor­oughly. • Options: A huge va­ri­ety of water­less grooming prod­ucts are avail­able, with var­i­ous botan­i­cal for­mu­la­tions and scents. Many prod­ucts en­hance shine as well as re­mov­ing stains. • Cost: from about $12 to $30, de­pend­ing on the brand and size of the prod­uct

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