So we have the first extreme cold weather of the winter here in the Ottawa Valley. A great time to keep your horses and ponies warm by having access to hay over a longer period of time by having them munch away out of a haynet. Some horses don’t drink enough at this time of year and impaction colic becomes a real concern. A heated bucket or water trough is a must. Soaking hay in the haynet is only possible if the hay doesn’t freeze. My barn is not warm enough to allow soaking the hay at this time of year. An increase in the amount of hay in the haynet will help keep your horse warm as their bodies work to digest their hay.