Horses and the Heat

Horses and the Heat
Photo: Thinkstock Erica Larson, News Editor for The Horse

“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.”

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Source: The Horse – Erica Larson, News Editor

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FULL CARE BOARD is offered here at Alicorn Stables. Boarding includes daily turnout, daily stall cleaning, hay (grain/supplements supplied by owner), horses fed 2X/day, use of amenities.

LESSONS are offered by Kari Wetherill. Whether you are a first-time rider, need some brushing up, or feel the need to experience jumping or dressage, Kari offers lessons tailored to each individual’s need. Most lessons are private, running 30-60 minutes (depending on the need of the horse/rider). Small group lessons can be arranged at Kari’s discretion.

TRAINING of your equine partner: Does your horse need a tune-up? Are you too busy and want your horse to get enough exercise? Need some fine tuning? Or even colt starting (horses are accepted at Kari’s discretion)?
Full-time training consists of 5 rides per week. One ride per week may be exchanged for a lesson with your horse in training. Partial training and individual rides available as well.

SADDLE FITTING services offered as well! Kari offers onsite flocking and saddle fit evaluation, with recommendations for new saddle fit or shimming options when necessary.

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