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post #11 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 03:13 PM
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Horses have trees, and shelter to get in the shade, when they want, 180gal water trough, i make sure is full every day. Dog has 30x60 shop he can get into for shade, and plenty water, and a place to "swim" if he wants. He usually chooses to lay on the porch, in the shade.
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post #12 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 03:37 PM
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My big question is: How do you get your horses to EAT in this heat? Mine just nibble on the hay during the day. (Pasture is pretty will burned up due to no rain.) Guess they do most of their eating at night, because the hay still disappears...

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post #13 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 03:49 PM
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It's relatively cool here today, only 102 right now, but there is absolutely zero wind (which is a very rare thing here). I make sure all the horses have access to clean, cool water. I usually fill the tanks in the early/mid afternoon. I don't worry about dumping them every day because they are not often that dirty and there usually isn't enough water in the bottom to keep the rest from staying cool. Other than that, I'll usually spray them down while I fill the tanks and they all have access to shade. The only one I've noticed really struggling much is my black Percheron. He doesn't like the heat much at all.
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post #14 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 04:25 PM
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111 degrees Monday and, today doesn't look any better for you according to the Weather Channel

I need to stop whining about our high 90's with a Feels Like of over 100.

Even though we have only mowed twice this month, at least we have had enough rain in July to turn everything back from brown to green and that blasted humidity is keeping moisture in the grass and pastures.

111 degrees, I don't know how you tolerate that on an on-going basis

I try to shower everyone down at night, they all have big tub fans and there's a couple overhead fans that are on timers. I let them stay in the barn until the fans start pushing hot air, then they're better off outside.

I've upped their hay and cut back what goes in their feed pans and that was slim to begin with

My 25 yr old has had minor colic three times (the latest this morning) because of this weather. He has Equine Metabolic Syndrome, hind gut ulcers and the vet is suspicious of lipomas in the digestive tract.

He's the alpha horse so I have taken to shutting everyone on the front three acres, close to the water, because he doesn't have enough sense to bring everyone up for water when he's supposed to. That's how he colicked two of the times.

All I did last night was try to give him some of his ration balancer and darned if he was down, deer style, when I got to the barn early this AM.

So no I'm on the hunt for a liquid vitamin/mineral supplement that I can pour over his rice bran, crushed apples & carrots. He did fine on that these last 2 - 3 weeks; I try giving him half cup of his RB and here comes the tummy aches again.

He's bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, coat slicker'n a whistle, and still very much the herd leader but, things are not yippy-skippy inside of him in spite of how he looks on the outside
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post #15 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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I have always remembered it getting really hot here in July and August, but the last 2 years the temps are over 110 quite a bit......that's HOT!

We shave our dog and put fans outside with her little pool. She loves it. She can't be in too long because my husband is allergic to her, which is sad, because he really loves her. He's really allergic to horses too. My horse licked his arm this spring and he broke out in hives..lol

FlyGap, Dee and you guys that are dealing with 100's plus, please be careful out there. Sometimes that heat can hit you before you know it. Remember if you have stopped sweating, it's too late you are already overheated.

Heck...everyone please be careful, it's just way too hot!
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Walkinthewalk,sorry about your horse's colic this morning. Hope she is doing better!
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post #17 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 07:09 PM
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I'm in Oklahoma, too, and you aren't kidding about the heat. Of course, it seems to be coming with little to no wind (so rare here in OK), which just makes it worse!

My horse always has fresh, clean water and shelter if she wants it. The stalled horses at my barn get fans turned on, too.
If I ride, it's early morning or in the evening once it's cooled off a bit (though right now, even that's not much!) and wear light, breathable clothing.
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post #18 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 07:20 PM
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Ok I might complain about our rather long winters, but I am so glad I don't have that kind of heat!! 102F is cool? Cool where? In hell? That kind of heat, you need to be near water! Wow, very fortunate here, average temp is around 75, get overnight showers a couple times a week to keep the pastures green & growing. Our hot days are anything close to 80. I suppose you acclimatize though?
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post #19 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 07:28 PM
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Kelli, thanks, he is back to his old self of bossing everyone around - lol

I kept them up front until around 5:00 PM then let them in the big pasture to do some roaming around -- after I was sure everyone had drank plenty of water.

They will come in around 7:30 or 8:00. Tonight I am switching Mr. Colic Face to the run-in stall and see if it helps for him to be able to move around more. The stall attaches to a 20' x 100' paddock.

For anyone that's interested, I bought a very light weight cooling vest and that has been a life saver. It came with five re-freezble ice packs and last around three hours, in this heat, if I'm in the barn. I would probably be sucking up oxygen at the hospital if it weren't for that vest.

It's cheap, washes up really nice and is "Made in America" . They do take awhile to receive but well worth the wait.

Ice Pack Cooling Safety Vest With 5 Cooling Packs - ANSI Class 1

I don't like the colors but on the "bright" side, at least if I fall off the tractor out in the pasture, Mr. WTW can find me really quick - no excuses for him
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post #20 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 07:32 PM
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This is the worst I can remember. When we bought our place it was in September and the grass was waist high, the yard was green and luscious... It looks like a bomb dropped right now. And no relief in sight, it's just getting to the hot dry months. There is no acclimating to this, I'll just stay inside. Plus, there isn't any water to get in. The river dried up for the first time EVER in June.

You guys in Oklahoma hang in there!

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