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4 Tips To Beat The Summer Heat For Your Horse

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The dog days of summer are here and the extreme heat and humidity can make riding a bit uncomfortable for you and your horse.  Check out some of the following tips on how to keep your horse cool in the hottest of situations:

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  Keeping your horse hydrated is one of the most important ways to avoid dehydration.  Make sure your horse has access to plenty of fresh, clean water at all times.  Keep two buckets of water in your horses stall if possible.  If they are turned out during the day, try locating the water trough in a shaded area to keep the water cooler.  Consider keeping an electrolyte on hand to replenish your horse’s energy levels if they sweat heavily for more than an hour a day.  We like Bounce Back electrolyte supplement.  Not sure if your horse needs an electrolyte?  Contact Manna Pro’s nutrition staff at 800-690-9908 for a free consultation.

 Beating the summer heat by Manna Pro

  1. Become a heat prevention expert.  Learn to recognize the signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.  Ask your veterinarian at your next vet call what to look for and what to do in the event you suspect your horse is overstressed due to the heat.  Also, check out this great article from Equisearch on Preventing Heat Stress In Horses for some good tips on what to watch for. 

 

  1. Plan for success.  Try riding at cooler times of the day like in the mornings or late evening and consider keeping your riding sessions shorter with more walking.  If the weather has recently turned warmer, allow them to acclimate to the hotter temperatures for 10 days before working them really hard.  End the ride with a long, leisurely walk and remove tack as soon as you are done.  Be sure to rinse your horse off after you ride to keep them cool and bring their temperature down.  Focus the water stream on the large blood vessels like the ones that run down the inside of the legs, belly, and neck. 

 

  1. Let them lounge in the shade.  Provide access to plenty of shade during the day, especially if your horse is on a dry lot.  Shade not available?  Consider turning stalled horses out during the night and keeping them in during the heat of the day. Also try using a fan over or in front of your horses stall to keep the air circulating.  If your horse is light colored or has white markings in sensitive areas, like on their nose, you may want to try a sunscreen .  

For other tips on how to beat the summer heat, check out Coping With The Heat from The Horse.  Stay cool and have fun this summer!

 

Until next time,


Carolyn

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