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        07-07-2012, 04:01 PM
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    Foal
    Beating the heat!!

    Well since it just went outside to 104 degree weather I got to thinkin. What are some ways you and your equine friends beat the heat! Even if it isnt warm/hot for you now what do you like to do when it is?

    Chloe and I have found we share a love for watermelon Well more so she shares a love of stealing mine when I am not looking! We also love going swimming! I have a pond and a nice little river! She seems to enjoy that more than a regular bath
         
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        07-07-2012, 04:05 PM
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    Weanling
    I pretty much stay inside and soak up the AC while the horses stay on the hill under their favorite shady spot, lol.

    When I do ride, it's late in the day. We have a tree line and I'll usually wait until the sun goes below it, right now that's around 7:00 pm. I also hose them down everyday.
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        07-07-2012, 04:10 PM
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    Foal
    Yea I hear ya on that! What I am doin right now before I have to head off to work. Chloe has a nice little fan by her stall too.
         
        07-08-2012, 12:14 AM
      #4
    Foal
    My horse LOOOOOVES a good spray off. She really appreciates it. She does the cute prop-up-the-back-leg in happiness. Ahh. Too cute.
         
        07-08-2012, 12:32 AM
      #5
    Yearling
    Get up before the roosters and ride before it gets hot........might loose a few hours sleep but keeps me and the horses happy :) Then they get a good spraying after that.
         
        07-08-2012, 01:08 AM
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    Yearling
    When I lived in Georgia, one of the horse pastures only had one water trough. I would fill it in the morning, refill it (bone dry) at lunch, and refill it before I left at the end of the day. After bugging the boss for a couple weeks, we finally got a second one and it wasn't a problem after that.

    But at mid-day when I refilled it for lunch, the horses would gallop over and start dunking themselves in the trough. They'd splash it all around, try and steal the hose from me when I was trying to fill the trough, and a couple of them would literally dive into it. Not their whole bodies, but they made sure that their front legs were in there. Trying to satisfy 8 hot, miserable horses by hosing them down one by one and trying to fill the water trough took a while. They'd chase eachother out of the way when I was hosing down a particular horse...it was a circus.

    Again, we got the second water trough finally and it was HUGE, so we never had a problem after that. But for a while it was crazy!
         
        07-08-2012, 05:50 AM
      #7
    Yearling
    Sometimes in the evening I'll take them out for a bareback ride through the woods and/or river, but nothing more special then that.
    However, I have a mare currently laid up with an injury and on "stall rest" in a makeshift pen near the house. Her make shift pen has a hose and water pump right inside it, and she has recently discovered the wonders of a good hosing in this hot weather. She picks up the hose end and stares at me while holding it whenever she wants to be hosed off. And if I ignore her, she crawls in her water trough.
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        07-08-2012, 03:31 PM
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    Weanling
    I hose lmy horse down which he hates and then take him for a hand walk in the evenings. I don't think that either of us are up for a ride when it is 100 with 90% humidity. He is slowly starting to adjust to the hose, but it's not his favorite thing. Sometimes I just give him a sponge bath which he takes a little better but I just think he has a weird aversion to water. I wish he liked it more cause I just want to make him more comfortable.
         
        07-08-2012, 04:06 PM
      #9
    Cat
    Green Broke
    This is how we beat the heat:








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