Summer is a fabulous season – more time outside with your horse, but it can also be a tough season to keep your horse cool and healthy. Below, we’ve provided a few tips to keep your horse cool. Don’t forget to enter our contest on Facebook starting on July 31st: KEEP COOL and tell us how you keep your horse cool and safe during the summer! Winners will be announced on August 3, 2015.
5 Tips to Keep Your Horse Cool
Alter Turnout Times – When the heat of summer strikes, you will want to alter your turnout times to make sure your horse gets turned out during the cooler hours of the day. High noon will not be the best time of day for your horse to get exercise.
Fresh Water – Cool, fresh water is crucial during summer. If your horse’s water source is sitting out in the sun, it will get hot and turn into a mosquito bath before you know it. Ideally, provide cool water in the shade. If your horse isn’t drinking as much as he should, you can offer a salt block, or mist his hay supply with water.
Shade – If your horse is outdoors, he will need available shade, such as a run-in shade. Trees are also a great source of shade, but give more options since the sun moving during the day will goes the shade from the trees to change.
Fans – Fans are a great way to get the air moving and create a nice, cooling breeze for your horse. But be careful where you position the fan – make sure you are pulling the hot air out of the barn and not into it. Make sure the cords are out of reach of your horse.
Heat Stroke Prevention – Heat stroke is very serious and life-threatening to your horse. Read our Post on Horse Heat Stroke Signs and steps to take if your horse does show signs of heat stroke).
What other steps do you take to keep your horse cool (and yourself!) in the summer?