Tips to Keep Your Horse Cool

Tips to Keep your horse cool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

Horse Heat Stroke Signs

Horse Heat Stroke Signs

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a horse owner, it’s very important that you know the horse heat stroke signs, especially with the extremely hot temperatures of summer.

Horse Heat Stroke Signs

  • Elevated Temperature – a rectal temperature above 103 F
  • Increased Respiratory Rate – breaths per minute between 40 – 50 breaths per minute, and remains elevated after a few minutes of rest; shallow breathing
  • Lethargy – stumbling, collapsing, depression, refusal to eat
  • Elevated Heart Rate – if your horse has a pulse over 80 beats per minute that doesn’t slow with rest
  • Increase or Lack of Sweating – if your horse breaks out in a full-body sweat or worse, if your horse ceases sweating altogether.

Horse Heat Stroke – What to do

If you have checked the signs, and you suspect your horse has heat stroke:

  • Call your veterinarian.
  • Cease any activity for your horse.
  • Rinse them off with cold water.
  • Move the horse into shade and turn a fan on to provide a breeze.

Read more about How to Keep Your Horse Cool in Summer.

First Aid Kit Checklist for Horse Owners

First Aid Kit Checklist for Horse Owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency Preparedness is important for all Horse Owners – making sure your barn has a well-stocked First Aid Kit for horses (and humans). Keep your First Aid supplies in a clearly labeled waterproof container. Make a point to check the First Aid Kit regularly and replenish if needed.

These days someone always has a cell phone handy – but to be safe, write down the location of the closest landline near the First Aid Kit. Depending on where you are located, you might also want to right down simple directions to your location, in the event you need to relay the information to the 911 operator.

Share this Printable First Aid Kit Checklist with fellow horse owners.

First Aid Kit for Horse Owners

For a printable version of this First Aid Kit Checklist Click Here.

Don’t forget to laminate the Checklist and attach it to your First Aid Kit, for easy inventory checks.

For Horses:

Phone # of Veterinarian and local Animal Hospital
Adhesive cloth tape
Bandages
Buckets
Clean towels
Epsom Salts
Gauze pads
Hemostat
Hoof Boot
Hoof pick
Ice packs
Leg wraps
Lubricant
Rectal thermometer
Roll cotton
Rubbing alcohol
Safety Scissors
Surgical gloves
Wire cutters
Wound ointment
Wound cleaner

For Humans:

Adhesive cloth tape
Alcohol swabs
Antibiotic ointment
Antiseptic wipes
Aspirin
Bandages
Blanket
Breathing barrier
Gauze pads
Hydrocortisone ointment
Instant cold compress
Non-latex gloves
Oral thermometer
Safety Scissors
Tweezers

Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness for Horse Owners

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Horse Owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time of year there is plenty of storm and emergency preparedness talk – as there should be. Whether it’s tornadoes, hurricanes, floods or fires, being prepared is crucial.

While making your family emergency preparedness plan (Red Cross has some very helpful information), don’t forget to come up with a plan where your horses are concerned. Below are some tips for horse owners – share these with all the horse owners you know. The tips apply largely to hurricanes, but even if you don’t live in a hurricane-prone area, it is wise to have a plan for when natural disasters strike. Print out our Emergency Preparedness List and share it with other horse owners as well.

Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Tips for Horse Owners

Printable version

Make a Written Emergency Plan

  • Decide how you will determine when it’s time to evacuate (strength of storm, watch vs warning etc.)
  • In the event you must evacuate, have multiple routes and destinations planned in advanced. Plan on evacuating at least 72 hours prior to the storm in the event of a hurricane.
  • Locate large animal shelters in your state (or neighboring states, depending on the distance you will travel when evacuating).
  • Check your local and state government websites, many have emergency prep or evacuation guidelines for horse owners.
  • Work with other horse owners in your area to come up with a community disaster plan to help each other.
  • Gather a list of all important phone numbers (Animal Control, Vet, Local Police etc) – Keep a laminated copy in your wallet in the event you don’t have access to your computer or cell phone contact list. (Print our Emergency Contact form to fill out)
  • Make sure your horses are up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  • Animal identification – it’s important to have 2 forms of ID for your horse (microchip, grease marker to write a phone number on your horse, etc)
  • Documents – Have a negative Coggins for each horse, if you will be crossing state lines you may also need a recent health certificate.
  • In addition to your family’s emergency prep kit, put together one for your horse. It should include: medications, leg wraps, bandages and tape etc. (You can find our Horse First Aid Kit Checklist here).
  • Store 2 weeks worth of feed in waterproof containers.
  • Store 2 weeks worth of hay in a dry area under a waterproof tarp.
  • If you will be evacuating, make sure you have a full tank of gas and the horse trailer is in good working order.

 

Share with us the steps you taking when preparing for a storm with your horse.

 

Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Summertime is a perfect excuse to revamp the contents of your beauty bag – and the bag itself! This season is meant to be carefree – you know, less work, more time lounging by the sea or on a sailboat… or with your feet dipped in the baby pool you set up in the backyard for the kids. Regardless of whether you choose a trip to the islands, or a stay-cation, it’s time to lighten up your beauty routine. Choose products that are versatile – which can save you time, money and space!

Summer Beauty Must-Haves 

Summer Beauty Cowboy Magic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunscreen/Moisturizer Combo – the days of slathering your body in baby oil to get a deeper sun tan (or burn) are over. It’s vitally important that you protect your skin, especially the more sensitive skin on your face. Simplify by picking a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it, this way you will get your sunscreen every morning when you apply your moisturizer.

Favorite: Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted

Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted

 

 

 

 

 

Hair Treatments – Of course we are partial to the Cowboy Magic® Detangler & Shine™ and it’s perfect for your summer beauty bag. Whether you need a detangler or deep conditioner after a dip in the pool or the ocean or a lightweight blow dry serum, the Detangler & Shine™ can get the job done.

Favorite: Cowboy Magic® Detangler & Shine™
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Lip Crayon – Lip liner, lipstick and gloss all-in-one stick. Easy to throw in your beauty bag and easy to apply for a no-fuss gorgeous summer look.

Favorite: Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint

Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint

 

 

 

 

 

Eye Shadow Crayon – With heat and humidity on the rise you will want to go lighter on makeup overall, but especially on the eyes. Try an eye shadow crayon – they are lightweight and come in numerous colors. Layer the colors and skip the eye liner.

Favorite: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Stick for Eyes
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Facial Cleansing Wipes – Keep a package of these on hand to give your face a quick refreshing after a morning at the beach or afternoon by the pool. These wipes are also great for removing makeup. Most drugstores and big box stores have their own brand which can save you some money.

Favorite:Yes to Cucumbers Cleansing Towelettes
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Bonus Must-Have – Of course if you are giving the contents of your beauty bag an overhaul for summer, then you should probably change out the old drab pouch you were using for a super chic Hayden Reis! You will want a Hayden Reis in every size, but this little beauty is perfect for summer beauty products on-the-go.

Favorite: Hayden Reis Anchor Wristlet

Hayden Reis Anchor