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.”

Read more here.

Source: The Horse – Erica Larson, News Editor

Leave A Trail – Horse Quotes

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Green Horse Organics

Green Horse Organics Online
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Green Horse Organics is the result of over 25 years of my personal experience, research, trial and error and an endless Passion for horses. I have long wondered why we as smart savvy modern horse people have settled for chemical-laden toxic fly sprays for so many years. I am very concerned with these pesticides, and the many years spent inhaling the spray and absorbing these toxins through our skin when we come in contact with our horses. (And of course, we want to feel free to love on them endlessly.)

All we really want to do is provide our beloved equines with some relief from flies and biting insects, but is it worth the risk? I have always thought there must be a better way for you and your horse. Our horses count on us for care and we have been spraying them down with these pesticides thinking that we are helping not harming them. You will, of course, end up with some fly spray on yourself in the process, and I am no longer willing to be contaminated by the traditional toxic fly sprays. It is no longer the necessary evil because now you have safe options.

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Well I know we can do better, so I have put all of my efforts into solving this problem naturally, with ingredients that mother nature has provided. I have finally created the most powerful combination of ingredients to protect your horse from flies, while still being gentle and safe for horses and humans. I am thrilled to offer you this fantastic natural product and am confident your horse is going to appreciate it as much as you. I know there are several other so-called natural options out there, but the ingredients are weak, not very effective or just plain do not work at all. I have tried them all over the years on my own horses, as I have pursued making the very best natural horse fly spray possible.

I know what horse owners are looking for because I am one, and have been for 35 years. First of all, it has to work, then it needs to be natural, gentle, long lasting and smelling good does not hurt either! Also, if your fly spray had other healthy benefits that would just be the icing on the cake! This is why my fly spray is heads and tails above the rest and I have chosen my outstanding ingredients to take care of all of these concerns. You get multiple benefits with added healing, calming, and conditioning botanicals, making it the most effective multi-purpose natural horse spray on the market. It works 4 ways and more, details on following pages on this remarkable multi-tasker.
Thanks to my wonderful supportive Green Horse Friends, I have listened to your horse care needs and added a few more superstar products to the Green Horse Organics line up. I am dedicated to you, your horses, our health and protecting the environment, so keep your requests and ideas coming! It’s Not just about the amazing Fly spray anymore, now all of your Natural Horse care needs can be found right here. Together we can create the best Natural horse care imaginable.

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Rattlesnakes and Horses

Rattlesnakes and Horses

It’s sure that time of the year! I know they’re out all around here in California, with all the rain lately.

We read a really great blog here at Equus Magazine. It’s a very thorough blog about treatments, signs, and stories of actual events, that many of you probably can attest to yourselves.

Equus Magazine – Snake Bites

Photo by Farm Fresh Forensics

 

Sky River Equestrian Center

Sky River Equestrian Center

We are a 50 stall, 40-acre horse training, horse rehabilitation and boarding facility at the foot of 50,000 acres of riding trails in Sultan, Washington, which also includes a full trail obstacle course. We are located about an hour northeast of Seattle on the beautiful Skykomish River. We are located within the gated community of Sky River Estates, providing additional security for your horse.

We offer both Dressage and Reining horse training and lessons, or general boarding if you wish to just come enjoy our riding arenas and hours of trail riding! We are committed to providing top notch care for your horse in a safe, caring, friendly environment.

Visit Sky River’s website today to see all their wonderful services!