It's beginning to feel a lot like summer! Fans or no fans?

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It's beginning to feel a lot like summer! Fans or no fans?

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    05-20-2013, 07:49 PM
Question It's beginning to feel a lot like summer! Fans or no fans?

Just curious to see what everyone's opinions are on fans for horses in the summer. I've always been kinda split, because on one hand it's miserably hot and humid so obviously a breeze might make them a little more comfortable. But on the other hand, I've always wondered if giving them a fan in their stall will make them not able to handle the heat as well when they're turned out, being worked, or at shows. Not to mention that watching some of the horses stand nowhere near their fan like it's not even there makes me wonder if they notice/care at all lol. So let's hear it, what do you do?
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    05-20-2013, 08:08 PM
There is less air movement in the barn than outside (most days, anyway), so I put fans on horses kept inside. I don't think it makes them more miserable outside or when working. It's just important to monitor how they are doing at all times during work.
    05-20-2013, 09:25 PM
I put fans in my horses stalls
    05-20-2013, 09:30 PM
Depends-- heat tends to stay up higher- so if theyre pointed down on the horses from up high theyll be blowin hot air on em-- if theyre pointed up from lower then theyll be blowin cooler air onto them.. Its all about placement. --my opinion.
    05-20-2013, 09:45 PM
If they are stalled during the heat of the day, then I might use a fan on them. Otherwise, I wouldn't. Mine need to be able to tolerate the heat just like I do and everything else here does.
    05-20-2013, 10:10 PM
Yup. It gets really stuffy and too humid out where I am. A fan won't do harm, just remember to shake it out here and there to get any possible dust (or whatever else is in the fan) out of it.
    05-20-2013, 10:16 PM
Green Broke
Fans... even if the horse doesn't "use" it, they help keep flies away when the horse is in it's stall.
    05-22-2013, 03:16 PM
Thanks for the responses! Delfina - that's what I was thinking last summer, that it seemed to keep the flies away. And not to mention it's awesome to have a fan up for me while cleaning stalls lol. That alone makes it worth it, even if the horses don't appreciate it!

And to everyone else that mentioned the less air movement in the barn, that is true. And my two are stalled during the days most of the time unfortunately, and right in the middle of the row of stalls so there's very little air circulation there. It just hasn't been a big thing to do in my barn until the last couple years, now everyone puts a fan up so I always wondered if it impacted their heat tolerance and what everyone else does. Seems to be pretty unanimous that it can't hurt. :)
    05-22-2013, 03:21 PM
I do put a fan in my horse's stall. My TB doesn't take heat well, he sweats a lot if he is out in the pasture. He tolerates it during being ridden but other wise I keep him in his stall with a fan on hot days and let him out during the night. Plus Hero has allergic reactions to bugs as well, so the fan helps keeps the bugs off.
    05-22-2013, 03:56 PM
Green Broke
Fans also help keep the flies away!
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