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Ep. 024: Why Horses Need to Be Fed Differently During Winter


Dr. Tania Cubitt


Hailing originally from Australia, Dr. Tania Cubitt is one of Standlee’s resident nutrition experts, with both technical and practical life experience. She has a PhD in Equine Nutrition and Reproduction from Virginia Tech and raises black angus cattle, along with a few goats in Virginia.

Katy Starr


From the western state of Idaho, Katy Starr works as a marketing consultant for Standlee Premium Western Forage, focusing on nutritional content. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agribusiness from the University of Idaho, and partners with her husband in raising a small commercial cattle herd and their three girls.

Episode Details

On this episode, co-hosts Dr. Tania Cubitt and Katy Starr chat about the following: • What is a horse's "Lower Critical Temperature?" • Do all horses need to be blanketed in the winter? • What is the BEST thing to feed horses to help keep them warm during colder months of the year? Have any topics you want to hear more about? Let us know at

Episode Notes

9:15 – 

National Research Council. 2007. Nutrient Requirements of Horses: Sixth Revised Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 


Additional Resources:

  1. “Winter Feeding Easy Keeper and Hard Keeper Horses” blog post -
  2. “Winter Feeding – Can I Feed My Easy Keeper and Hard Keeper Horses the Same?” webinar -
  3. “5 Tips to Get Your Horse to Drink More Water During Winter” blog post -
  4. “Fight the Cold: Feeding During the Winter” Nutritional White Paper -



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