While small animal nutrition is relatively straightforward (“just feed a high-quality balanced diet and everything will be fine!”), equine nutrition is more complex. Nutritional quality of grass and hay can vary significantly; because forage constitutes the majority of a horse’s diet, it can be challenging to ensure that horses are receiving adequate nutrition.
While companion animals are certainly susceptible to some winter hazards, plunging temperatures pose a special risk to livestock. These animals are typically housed outdoors, where they are exposed to cold temperatures and changing weather conditions.
Therefore, it is essential that their owners take active measures to keep them safe during the winter months.