I’m sure everyone will agree that this summer has one thing going for it. It’s really HOT.
Although horses’ bodies are conditioned to live outside 24/7, in extreme cases of heat we need to be a bit more mindful of the signs of a horse suffering from heat exhaustion, or worse, heat stroke. A simple rule of thumb is that horses will be just fine, sufficed they stay hydrated. On the hottest days, “pinch test” your horses’ skin on their neck. If the skin flattens out quickly, they are sufficiently hydrated.
Tips for hot weather:
- Offer electrolytes in feed/water buckets
- Cool (not cold) water bath
- Increase airflow (ventilation fans, etc)
- In extreme cases, an alcohol bath
Try to stay cool!
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