There are few things more discussed among horse folks than the weather. The constant variability directly influences our daily routines. When weather turns extreme, we need to be prepared and take action.
While so far the winter has been mild for most of the US, there is no question that winter weather will arrive. It is definite time to review and implement your horse winter weather plan. EMSA has developed a Winter Weather Plan that includes horses. The Plan applies mostly to areas where temperatures routinely go below freezing and precipitation is of the frozen variety, winter storms can impact all states.
While “extreme cold” is a relative term depending on whether you live in Fairbanks, AK or Miami, FL, preparation for what is extreme for your area is important. If you know what to do before, during, and after a winter event, you can increase your chances of survival for you and your animal. The CDC provides a detailed checklist for winter emergencies for people. It contains useful information about weather terms and communication. The Center for Food Safety and Public Health has a 1-page tip sheet for winter storms on any ranch or farm.
Plan and prepare for the best outcomes from winter storms for you and your horse.