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post #1 of 7 Old 06-18-2009, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hot weather?

Is there anything in particular you do for your horses in hot weather? We've been having some very fun "spring" weather. 95 - 100 degrees, storms and tornados. Oh how I love Tennessee lol.

Carolina's pasture has a lot of trees, is surrounded by trees, she has access to a run in as well as water all day (of course). But I check on her three or four times a day and recently she's been sweating.

We constantly flush her tank to make sure the water doesn't get too warm. But other than that I'm not sure what to do for her.

The barn she came from was very fancy and had fans for every stall and I believe had some kind of airconditioning. She was there three months before she came here.

I feel like I should bring her in the house, but it's a cedar siding cabin and although I have hardwood floors I don't think Hubby would be too impressed.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-18-2009, 05:06 PM
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I agree with the hot weather its been 95-100 here, heat index the other day was 105 and very humid.I just make sure they have plenty of shade and fresh clean water.I was just thinking the other day about bringing mine inside cause it is SO hot, only if we could, hahaha. But is sounds like your doing what you can, a fan would work too.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-18-2009, 05:06 PM
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lol, I am picturing your horse kicking back on the couch, drinking tea and watching tv! :)
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-18-2009, 05:17 PM
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I let all the dogs in (6 of them) the horses would make it a bit crowded
I feel your pain though. Mine all want to hang in the run in shed. I heard someplace that sheds should be painted black inside to keep them cooler and keep flys out. Not sure how true it is, I don't plan on painting mine any time soon
I do hose the horses down once a day along with the chickens. The chickens don't like getting wet, just playing in the cool mud. I'm just hoping for a cold front. Its 101 here today and the humidity is in the 40-50% range. Its miserable

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post #5 of 7 Old 06-18-2009, 05:41 PM
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You're doing all you can

Fresh clean water and shade is the important stuff.

If the sweat builds up too much, you can hose them down and brush them with a brush to get sweat/yukkies off, then scrape them with a scraper to get the excess water off.

If the water isn't scraped off, it will hold the heat to the body.

Anyone that has sweat on them gets hosed down when they come in at night.

I let the water run a little longer on the one that is insulin resistant, and the one that thinks he wants to be & is overweight
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-18-2009, 11:58 PM
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Hot here too, and so humid nothing gets dry!

I do use fans in my barn. And I only turn mine out in the evening so they aren't out in the hottest part of the day.

Hose your horse down to remove some of the sticky/sweat. She will appreciate it.

I've been told that heat/humidity do not bother horses as much as it bothers us humans.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-19-2009, 03:16 AM
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Are your pastures getting dry
Make sure that not only does the horse have access to fresh drinking water but that their feet have access to water as well. Overfilling the water trough to create a mud patch is good. This will help the feet maintain their elasticity and ability to act as a shock absorber. We have hot dry conditions and the feet get like rock very fast if not given the ability to get wet

A really good mud patch will also give the horses a chance to roll and get caked in mud - this will help them keep cool and will also keep insects from biting them.
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