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  • How to keep horses cool in hot states in summer
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    07-21-2011, 12:14 PM
  #1
Foal
How are you guys keeping your horses cool?

This heat wave its NUTS! It's going to be 50 dang degrees here today (or 106 f)...

I've put all my guys hay in the trees where it's still a bit breezy and shady. Tied my hose to a tree spraying mist out onto the horses, all day and I'll end up completely hosing them down by the afternoon, probably more than once. I was contemplating on bringing them inside the barn with fans but the fans are just blowing hot air, I figured it would be much more comfortable for them in the wooded part of my paddock in the breeze.

How are the rest of you & your horses dealing with this insane heat?
     
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    07-21-2011, 12:16 PM
  #2
Started
My stallion is pretty much staying in his lean to which is tree covered so it stays pretty cool. My mare, although heavily pregnant, seems like she doesn't mind the heat at all and is out grazing as normal - but she was born and raised in Florida. I'm still hosing their legs and chests down 2-3x daily though.
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    07-21-2011, 12:21 PM
  #3
Banned
Mine go swimming in the pond several times a day in the summer. I also hose them down sometimes in the late afternoon...
     
    07-21-2011, 12:23 PM
  #4
Weanling
We switched to night turn out to keep them out of the sun. There are big fans blowing in the barn and the barn is actually built into a hill so it never gets over 70 degrees in the barn. They are getting hosed down before they come in if they are sweaty. And no riding :( I hope this horrible heat wave breaks soon.
     
    07-21-2011, 12:24 PM
  #5
Weanling
I keep Moha in her stall with the fan on high and check her water a few times and if that all doesn't do the trick I hose her off normally in midafternoon. She normally stays pretty cool in her stall
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    07-21-2011, 02:31 PM
  #6
Weanling
Ours don't seem to mind it. My dad's got a few black draft horses that like to dip in the pond a couple times a day, but my three little ones are just out grazing in the blazing sun, even though they have full access to trees and a pond.
     
    07-21-2011, 02:32 PM
  #7
Showing
It's the hottest day of the summer so far today, and the heat index is at 110F degrees. I went out to the barn at 8 this morning to find 7 miserable horses, and Molly especially was just beside herself. She was soaked with sweat, and her chest was burning up. So, I've been bathing 7 horses with cool water every hour to keep them cool, then tying them in stalls with fly spray and lots of water/hay. I had to do my horse chores in a bathing suit, lol! My mom's on an errand to buy fans to mount to the stalls; I'll feel much better when they have some cool air.
     
    07-21-2011, 02:37 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
It's the hottest day of the summer so far today, and the heat index is at 110F degrees. I went out to the barn at 8 this morning to find 7 miserable horses, and Molly especially was just beside herself. She was soaked with sweat, and her chest was burning up. So, I've been bathing 7 horses with cool water every hour to keep them cool, then tying them in stalls with fly spray and lots of water/hay. I had to do my horse chores in a bathing suit, lol! My mom's on an errand to buy fans to mount to the stalls; I'll feel much better when they have some cool air.
Wow. Poor ponies!

The most irritating thing in hot, humid summers like this for our horses are the flies. They don't even sweat really (a bit under their arms, chests, necks and stuff). It was supposed to be 40 celsius today, but luckily there's a breeze.
     
    07-21-2011, 02:38 PM
  #9
Showing
Flies haven't been too bad here. I switch fly sprays whenever we run out, so it keeps them from growing resistant to it.
     
    07-21-2011, 03:07 PM
  #10
Weanling
We're surrounded by swamps and forest, so the flies here are enough to drive you wild. We really haven't found a fly spray that truly works yet :/
     

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