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        07-31-2011, 02:56 PM
    Yep, this heat is brutal. I am up here in the TX panhandle so I completely understand. Make sure that they have cool, clean water, good food, and shade available at all times. I agree with trying to get the colt out of that stall. The bad things about barns in the summertime is that they are almost always stifling, even with fans going so open air is best. I also take time every day to spray down all my horses that come to the fence for it (my black ones especially) though the ones who don't volunteer show no signs of distress. Watch for signs of them getting too hot and if that happens, then take them to a shaded area and spend time spraying them with cool water to get their core temp down. Always scrape the excess water off afterward because leaving it on is like leaving them under a blanket.
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        07-31-2011, 03:10 PM
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Yep, this heat is brutal. I am up here in the TX panhandle so I completely understand.
    Thanks, smrobs, I was hoping that you would chime in here. You aren't far from us (DFW area), and you always have excellent advice.

    I know about getting the water off, I use a sweat scraper to do it.
    OK, I'm off to the barn at this very moment to go check on my horses and to get the little guy out of his stall for a while and talk to the BM about setting up a pen for him. We only have a slight breeze blowing today... ugh.
        07-31-2011, 03:53 PM
    On days of 95 and up I horse my horses off at 2-3 pm and after their pm feeding 7pm. If it's really bad in the mornings I might add another hosing off at noon. Also, If it's really hot, I don't sweat scrape.

    My barn is like an oven in the summer so I prefer to leave them out during the day, making sure they have access to shade. Just bringing them in for feedings. They have a fan in front of each of their stalls which helps a little bit.

    I end up refilling their water troughs in the mornings and evenings because they prefer colder, fresher water. I just want to ensure they are drinking enough.

    Oh, and I also add electrolytes to their feed. My horses manage to sweat a lot even without exercise. Some of my horses don't get grain in the summer so I just add their electrolytes to 3 spoonfuls of applesauce instead.

    I'd say the best thing you can do is to just check on them frequently. Severe heat can affect them so differently. I have some that do okay and others that suffer greatly!

    Good luck! This is when I want winter.. PRONTO! Haha
        07-31-2011, 11:49 PM
    Originally Posted by EquestEquine    
    Also, If it's really hot, I don't sweat scrape
    Its really important that you swear scrape them after hosing. Otherwise the water is trapped and actually makes them hotter.
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        08-01-2011, 12:39 AM
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    We are in southern OK -- about 50 miles N of the Red River. We are at 38 days of 100+ temps and supposed to be 109 tomorrow. We are still riding a lot. We took out trail riders this AM until noon. Yesterday we rode until 2 PM. The horses have not lost weight and feel and look good, but they are tough and used to it.

    We bathe them when we unsaddle. Otherwise they get no hosing. You cannot hose 50 head that run out. EVERYTHING is out of the barn. Every horse has grass hay 24/7 and plenty of shade trees. We keep out loose mineral that is 25% salt and they are going through it fast. We had to put stock tanks in all of the fields but two because the ponds got so hot and nasty we were afraid of botulism and toxic algae.

    I remember 1980 and it was very much like this one. I was hoping I would never see another one. We are getting in 5 semi loads of hay from up north. It will probably double our yearly feed costs this year. I found 150 round bales in June that are last year's hay. I am sure glad I found it early, but now there is nothing within 1000 miles.
        08-01-2011, 05:08 AM
    Originally Posted by Kymbadina    
    Its really important that you swear scrape them after hosing. Otherwise the water is trapped and actually makes them hotter.
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    While this is true (and I do agree), in my experience, if the horse has access to dirt, the first thing they will do after hosing is roll in it as a way to dry them self off.
        08-01-2011, 07:31 AM
    This has definitely been a hotter than normal last few weeks here also, I'm in IN. Reading about the hay situation in many places makes me very thankful that's one thing I don't have to worry about! We put up 800 square bales this past weekend and will have another cutting. (Might have extra tim\orch & know several folks who will if anyone really gets in a pinch and needs some to truck out of state)

    I'm doing pretty much what everyone else has posted, changing out water 3 x's a day, electrolytes and always have minerals out for them. I don't hose them all off so much minus my oldest stallion who is 29 and a bit droopy with the heat. We've been playing in the sprinkler in the pasture together - I'm sure the neighbors get a kick out of seeing the old man, me & my 6 year old daughter playing in the sprinkler :)
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        08-01-2011, 09:17 AM
    We are sweltering here in SW Missouri, too. We're about 30 miles from the NE Oklahoma stateline. Our hay source is west of Welch,OK and his hay fields are drying up. We have a standing order of 150 bales every 2 months, but due to the heat and lack of rain we can only get 50 bale a trip. Fortunately we have only my mare to feed, oh and our friendly neighborhood donkey who comes to visit on a regular basis. Actually he was born here and our neighbors bought him, but he has a beaten path from his pasture to our house.
        08-01-2011, 10:36 AM
    If you have sufficient water, you can set up a misting station in a shady area. The horses will allow themselves to get sufficiently damp to stay cool.
        08-01-2011, 10:42 AM
    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
    I would find a good shady spot outside for your would be healthier than being in a stall, even with a fan.
    I disagree.

    Do not change his routine right now. The heat is stress enough. You do not need him to start pacing or calling because he is unfamiliar with the circumstances.

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