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“With summer’s sunny days can come extreme heat. Such situations can cause worry for owners as they struggle to help their horses adjust, stay healthy, and remain comfortable. But with a well-thought-out management plan, horses can stay cool and comfy in the midst of summer.
To help get you started on the right track, TheHorse.com caught up with Nancy Loving, DVM, an equine practitioner in Boulder, Colorado, to find out what the most important things to consider are when caring for horses in extreme heat.
When dealing with hot temperatures, Loving said the most important thing an owner can do is provide his or her horse with plenty of fresh water.
“Clean water should always be available; an average horse needs five to seven gallons of water per day in cool weather, while in hot weather, requirements for maintenance and to compensate for losses in sweat may prompt intake of 20 gallons or more per day,” she explained. “Horses in a herd should have access to a couple of water tanks spaced a distance apart so dominant horses don’t prevent a thirsty, more timid horse from drinking.
Adding an electrolyte supplement to your horse’s diet could help keep him drinking and restore the electrolyte balances disrupted by sweating, and horses should have access to a salt block or receive a daily salt supplement (no more than a tablespoon per day) to allow them to meet their dietary sodium chloride requirements.
Additionally, she added that for a horse that doesn’t drink well, offering a watery gruel of a supplement (such as complete feed pellets) rather than feeding them dry can help increase the horse’s water intake.
Insects are another concern that accompany increasing temperatures, Loving said.
“Hot weather brings insects so don’t forget to use fly sheets, insect repellant, and during active insect times of day, it can help to bring your horse into the barn and use fans to create airflow that foils the ability of flying insects to hover around your horse,” she added, as many biting flies are poor fliers.”
FIVE C FARMS Facilities
Five C Farms is a premier equestrian facility, which offers amenities to cater to the horse and rider. Take a virtual tour and learn why you should choose Five C Farms. This section outlines board information. We do currently have stalls available and have a special offer for new clients this fall. We are offering free unlimited use of our Thera Plate machine for the first three months board for new clients.
Professional trainers are on staff to provide programs customized for you and your horse. We offer programs in dressage and hunter/jumper disciplines. For more information check out our Training page.
See the expanded schedule of horse shows and events that we’ll be attending and review the fees involved.
Horses for Sale or Lease
If you’re looking for a new horse, see what is currently available including kids horses, made show horses and young prospects. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Let our trainers find the perfect horse for you!
I think each person has their own special relationship with their horse or horses. I was hanging out on the interwebs looking for a complicated article to draw from for an amazing content filled blog. I ran across Wikipedia Horse and thought it was an interesting read, as so much online usually catches my eye … if the word horse is involved.
“Horse breeds are loosely divided into three categories based on general temperament: spirited “hot bloods” with speed and endurance; “cold bloods”, such as draft horses and some ponies, suitable for slow, heavy work; and “warmbloods“, developed from crosses between hot bloods and cold bloods, often focusing on creating breeds for specific riding purposes, particularly in Europe. There are more than 300 breeds of horse in the world today, developed for many different uses.” READ MORE
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