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post #1 of 23 Old 06-24-2013, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping a horse cool in a run-in/pasture

So I've just bought my new horse. I've only had him a day and I'm already becoming increasingly worried. He's a large, thin skinned Thoroughbred who is used to being in a stall all day during the hot summer months to stand infront of a fan. My Appaloosa could care less and would rather be outside even if it was hot! For some reason, I'm very concerned about my new one. I do NOT want him overheating because he's so used to being in a stall. Stalling him during the day is an option, though would not be ideal due to the extra money(already paying 450/month). It will be what I will do if I cannot find another solution, though.
My new boy is in a large 5 acre or so pasture with a field mate. Only them 2 so they can both fit in the run-in. It's still WAY too hot, though. Their field is quite a bit away from the barn/BO's house. I do NOT see running an extension cord working out due to it being so far away. What can I do? I'm extremely close to just shelling out the money for his comfort in a stall all day with fans, then turning him out at night. Someone please give me advice cos I'm worrying up a storm over here!!
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post #2 of 23 Old 06-24-2013, 01:53 AM
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Maybe I'm wrong here, but I was under the impression that fans are used in stalls for flys, not to keep the horse cool...?

Most horses would much rather be outside where they can move about then cooped up in a stall all day. As long as the horse had access to shade and clean water, I doubt your horse minds the heat.
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Maybe I'm wrong here, but I was under the impression that fans are used in stalls for flys, not to keep the horse cool...?

Most horses would much rather be outside where they can move about then cooped up in a stall all day. As long as the horse had access to shade and clean water, I doubt your horse minds the heat.

Nope, they're used for both. At least around here!
See, I concur with a horse being happier outside...but after I had turned him out today, after only 20 minutes he was already quite warm and starting to sweat. It's not so much the heat, it's the humidity that is making it unbearable.
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It's doesn't get super humid here like it does there, but I've found that my mare does well getting a tablespoon+ of loose table salt in her "grain" twice a day on hot days (encourages drinking and helps balance what's lost through sweat) as well as once/twice daily hosing (on super hot days I'll hose her off in the morning and in the evening but usually I just hose her in the evening).

She's a bit different than your guy though. Her "issue" is that she's 28 and will stand in the direct sun alllll day unless I lock her in (which is another thing I do on super super hot days, for her own safety). Anyway, if I just let her be and don't hose her off, she starts acting "kooky." "Too-hot Lacey" is pretty cranky, slow to respond and will often act sort of lost in areas she's totally familiar with, where she's usually a pretty sensitive mare.
Anyway, basically I know how she acts when she's too hot and as soon as I see those signs, I make sure she gets cool.

Try the salt in his feed, that has seemed to really help Lacey. You might start with 3T/day, or more. 4T is my usual "dang, today is HOT and the old girl is sweating super bad" go-to. She just loves her salt! Haha
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I will try this! I just really am not trying to pay 600/month to stall board 2 horses LOL
I could get a solar powered fan, but with that money I can easily pay the extra 150....
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When my horses were boarded the barn owner was nice enough to let me stall during the day and turn out at night for no extra cost (stall/turnout time was still the same.) It gets horribly humid and buggy here and my horses were much happier being in during the day and out at night when the bugs weren't as bad and it was cooler in the barn. Could be an option?

Now that my horses are at home I do not stall them, but they naturally want to come in to the barn during the day, and go out a little before the sun sets, on their own.
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When my horses were boarded the barn owner was nice enough to let me stall during the day and turn out at night for no extra cost (stall/turnout time was still the same.) It gets horribly humid and buggy here and my horses were much happier being in during the day and out at night when the bugs weren't as bad and it was cooler in the barn. Could be an option?

Now that my horses are at home I do not stall them, but they naturally want to come in to the barn during the day, and go out a little before the sun sets, on their own.

I plan on asking BO tomorrow. Luckily where I board there are extra stalls during the day, hopefully he will consider giving me a discount for turning them out at night.
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I would try and go that route rather than 24/7 stall, it's just not healthy for them. I never asked for a discount though, if turnout and stall time are the same as the other horses that wouldn't be fair.

Also, it may take some time for him to get used to turnout if he has been used to being stalled all the time. They are creatures of habit. What you see as distress from being too hot or whatever, may only be because he is stressed out from moving, give him some time to adjust to his new environment, you've only had him a day.
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I'll be going to check on him in 2 hours. Surprisingly he seemed VERY ecstatic about his new environment. He was haulin' butt across the field like he's never been out of a stall his whole life.
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I could be wrong about this, but are YOU more worried about the heat than he is? Does he look distressed/hot & bothered etc? If you have only had him a day or so he will still be settling into his new environment, and maybe not be all that worried about the heat.

It is the bodies natural cooling system to sweat, so you shouldn't be overly worried if he is sweating - unless its excessive, and he is looking overly hot and bothered.

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