We are in an extreme drought with high temperatures in my area and I am very worried after having seen the forecast for the next few days:
Sun: 107, Mon: 109; Tues: 111; Wed: 109. This is considerably higher than normal. I have lived here in north Texas all my life and if we have temps of 102 or so that is considered very high, and it never lasts more than a couple of days. Anybody have any advice for caring for horses in these extreme high temps? I am especially worried about my colt.
My 16 yr. Old mare gets turned out to pasture except for a.m. And p.m. Feedings in her stall (since it is hot) and has water and shade available in pasture. She also gets electrolytes in her grain every a.m. Feeding. Lately she goes to shaded areas directly after having been turned out, at 8 a.m. She and the others in her pasture are under the trees.
I have a new 5-mo. Old colt who is mostly in his barn stall with fan. I take him out for a walk twice a day, teaching him to lead, and leave him out in the round pen or other area to hang out an hour or so in the early a.m. And/or evening.
What can I do to keep my horses healthy in this extreme heat?