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Best Ways to Manage Mobile Field Shelters Through Winter

Keep Your Horses Dry & Warm in the Colder Seasons

Within this unique article, we will share with you the benefits and advantages of using mobile field shelters and mobile stables for housing your horses during the harsher winter months. Your land can become damaged and dangerous for your livestock to roam on. We will outline the different weather conditions you need to be aware of and how to lower the risks of freezing temperatures affecting your horses. We will provide you with our time tested advice that will help you and your livestock have happier and much healthier lives.

When there is a drop in temperature the ground can turn hard with frost across larger areas of your entire property. This becomes even more dangerous if the frost comes after a period of heavy rains. The ground outside the stable entrances tends to poach and can create large craters in the ground. This makes it hard for your horses to walk through and they can easily fall or slip and possibly sprain an ankle. If you notice that your mobile shelter is sitting on poached land you will want to move it to a different location for the safety of your live stock. You will want to move the shelter to a much flatter area of your property before any frost sets in during the winter.

Field Shelters Are Ideal in Winter Months as They Are Mobile and Easy to Move. Image credit: Jon William Stables

If your property is near a lake or river base or at the end of a slope, a sudden rain can cause disastrous consequences such as flooding virtually overnight. You want to protect your animals and keep them in a higher elevation and dry before there could be any possible problems associated with flooding. Be sure to check the local weather forecasts regularly and if there is an upcoming storm then, by all means, move your mobile shelters to higher ground on your land.

Rain can also cause the problem of the ground poaching around shelter entrances. This poses a risk to your horses in terms of slips and falls which can lead to ankle sprains and breaks. If your stables do flood you can only imagine how stressful it will be to gain access to the hay and feed. We suggest you move your mobile shelters frequently and even rotate them if needed. You want the ground get a rest and the benefit of drying out. You can then harrow and roll the land as needed.

Strong winter winds have been known to pick up and throw shelters around the fields which pose a huge safety risk to both you and your horses. We suggest that you use ground bolts to secure your mobile shelters to the ground. You can also use hay bales to create wind shelters that are just as effective.

Horses Need Greater Care During the Harsher Winter Months. Image credit: Wallpaper Safari

Make sure that you maintain access to your stable and shelter sites. You will need to keep your water and feed updated on a daily basis even more so because your animals will need to eat and drink more to maintain their body weight and health. When you build your bespoke timber mobile field shelter you will want to have easy access to it no matter what kind of weather you may be experiencing. You will want to build them closer to your home for easier access and for the ability to easily maintain it.

We hope you follow our advice on winterising your ranch and when you follow these suggestions you will make your horses healthier and happier through the colder winter months.

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