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post #1 of 43 Old 07-30-2012, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Well, it's currently 111 here in Ok today....

What do you all do to manage this heat with your animals? I'm fortunate that right now we board at a barn that has good cross breezes with nice big fans in each stall. It's still hot though. Turn out is currently the graveyard shift for my guy...thank goodness.

For our little dog, she still likes to be outside so we gave her a little pool next to the house in the shade. She lays in it then lays in the mud....needless to say she gets lots of baths when she comes in.

Share your ideas for keeping cool in hot weather!
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post #2 of 43 Old 07-30-2012, 03:37 PM
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Lots of fans going all the time. One kitty likes to sleep near a water bowl. The dogs have an outdoor wading pool they can cool off in. The horses have shelter- 10x12 covers- & plenty of water, & we wear loose light clothing.
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What do you all do to manage this heat with your animals? I'm fortunate that right now we board at a barn that has good cross breezes with nice big fans in each stall. It's still hot though. Turn out is currently the graveyard shift for my guy...thank goodness.

For our little dog, she still likes to be outside so we gave her a little pool next to the house in the shade. She lays in it then lays in the mud....needless to say she gets lots of baths when she comes in.

Share your ideas for keeping cool in hot weather!
I never go out until at least 6 30 hahahaha that gives me 2 hrs of light to get some work in! I went out mid day once at 110 degrees to clean out stalls.....boy was that stupid!!!!
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Mine are out on pasture, no barn. I hose them down with cool water, dump, clean and fill the trough with cool water. Where I dump the trough gets muddy and its in the shade, so they like rolling in the mud and stand in it.
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post #5 of 43 Old 07-30-2012, 10:53 PM
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We have fans and misters. They are also in shaded stalls.
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How do the misters work Country Boy? I have always been curious about that. It doesn't keep things to damp does it?
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Fans and if I have to ride, I do so early in the morning.

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How do the misters work Country Boy? I have always been curious about that. It doesn't keep things to damp does it?
We have them running on the roofs of the barn
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post #9 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 03:12 PM
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"Only" 102 right now, and that's in the shade! Humidity is low so that's good.
We do have a breeze that's keeping us all alive but the dust is sooooo bad. Going to be 107 tomorrow...
Horses are ok standing under the trees with the breeze, tomorrow I'll hose them down with what precious water I can spare. Their hay is in the shade too.

Dogs are in the house, waayyyy too hot for them. Especially my Aussie.

Hope you guys get some rain and cooler temps asap, then send it on over!
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post #10 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 03:13 PM
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It's just as hot today!

Our horses are kept up in our lot - mostly because we've been afraid to let them out after losing one to random violence. However, this summer we've had to bite the bullet and let them out into the pasture. Although there is shade in the lot, there isn't nearly enough, and it's so dusty with the dirt road right there. The pasture is actually much cooler - especially where there is still heavy tree cover...and the pond. Our horses wander back up into the lot in the evenings, covered in mud.

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