05-14-2007, 11:42 PM
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I live in the desert In Ca. By law a horse must have shade! There are shade shelters that can be purchased, some are three sided, some only have a top. Either one will work as they both provide shade. A horse can die from heat stroke just like people can. Especially in the dry deserts they can also become very dehydrated. Before Ca. Passed the shade/shelter law, several horses died from a very hot summer.
I'm not saying all horses will die, just that they can die. The humane society will take any horse that does not have shade here.
After all, we are in the HOT dry desert. And Phoenix gets hot! Been there!
In the wild, horses seek out water, roll in the mud... Find trees or rocky overhangs, something somewhere for shade. For those who don't manage to find shelter, one can usually find their bones without much of a problem. :(