Summer is heating up and the sun is out in all its might and glory. What do I think about this might and glory? Make it stop. Just make it stop.
No, this is not some it-is-too-hot-to-breathe rant, but instead is a post written for all the horse owners and caretakers out there. If you are feeling the heat, then chances are your horse is, too. There are ways in which you can help your horse beat the heat and none of them are too time-consuming or expensive. If you have a pet, you should give them as much comfort as they give you joy.
Let’s talk about what you can do to help your horse:
- If you like to start your day with a good ride, then schedule your rides early in the morning or late evening when the day is cooler. If it is unbearably hot outside, then give the ride a break for a few days.
- On days when the sun is out and burning bright, touch and check your horse for excessive warmth. If it feels too hot, then pull out the hose and go nuts. Make sure the water is cool but not too cold. Once you hose your horse, wait for the water to drip off and repeat the process. If your horse has worked out, then hosing it down is extra important to cool him.
- We all need shade from the sun. Horses are no different. Build a run-in shed or anything else that can provide some shade throughout the day.
- Make sure the horse has access to fresh, cold water. They need to keep hydrated too.
- If you have a nice barn for your horse, then during the summer all you need is a large fan. A fan will keep the air moving and keep your horse comfortable during the heat.
- Horse perspire too. If you feel like your horse is sweating too much, then replenish their electrolytes with supplements in a bucket of fresh water. Adequate levels of electrolytes will ensure the body is in balance but keep the intake in close check as too much can be bad for your horse.
These are a few ways you can provide some comfort and make summer bearable for your horse. Although if it were in my power, I would just move in in an igloo for the rest of the season along with the horse, the cat and the rest of the house pets!
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