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What's that in the snow ?!

With the snow finally here, many of you may be wondering if you should be concerned if you horse's urine appears red in the snow.

The red appearance in snow can be normal. Horse urine can change color due to the presence of plant metabolites in the urine that turn a red or orange color when mixed with oxygen when voided. This does occur year round, but it is noticeable in the snow.

Normal urine should be colorless to yellow/ dark yellow. If you see the urine is red, brown, or orange before it hits the snow, this could be a sign of a medical problem and you should talk to your veterinarian.


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