Warm weather is the perfect time to own a horse; the long days lend
themselves to relaxed rides and quality time with an incredible animal. But
caring for such large animals in the heat takes a few more considerations than
a dog or cat, which you can simply let into your air-conditioned living room.
Below are a couple of ways you can help your horse beat the heat.
- Water. While this can
probably go without saying, access to clean fresh water is the #1 warm weather
necessity. It’s important to use an adequately sized bucket for convenient
access and keep stock tanks and troughs clean to promote drinking.
- Baths. Sponge or spray
cool water over your horse, especially under the throat, belly, and inside
their legs. If your horse is overheating, try a mixture of half alcohol and
half water for faster cooling.
- Shade. Run your horse in
the early morning before it gets too hot and provide a shaded area for them to
retreat to throughout the day – preferably a run-in shed, but any covered area
is better than none.
- Ventilation. Consider stable
fans and misters, and try to leave the windows and doors open when possible to
- Electrolytes. Since horses
sweat, some owners recommend replenishing the lost electrolytes with a suitable
supplement, as severe loss can cause fatigue, muscle cramping, and colic.
- Coat Care. Keep coats trim, especially the tail and
mane and consider using products with some sort of UV protection. Clean hair
also allows for better air circulation, so be sure to wash and brush your horse regularly.
What are some ways you
keep your horses comfortable in the hot summer months? Share some pics and
tricks on Facebook!