haflinger in the heat.
So i'm going to be moving doen south and i can only take one horse. I had planned on taking my tennessee walker but i'm thinking about maybe my haflinger. I know in the summers here she doesn't do so well. she sweats very quickly and run out of energy. so my question is do you think it would be cruel to take her? I don't want her to be suffering in the heat all the time.
it's not the heat that will get you - - our temps are usually in mid 80s.
it's the humidity. (umm...only like 100% every day till sept/oct!)
if she doesn't handle being hot/sweaty, it might not be the best situation for her :)
:shock: holy moly thats not going ton be fun to deal with....Shes the older breed of haflinger also, the smaller stocky ones. so i think she would have a pretty hard time there.
Friesians tend to have a similar problem; I've seen horses pulled from a show at the very last minute because the heat just didn't agree with them. Yet there are breeders to be found in North Carolina and even Texas...so I guess some people do it.
My new Haffie does fine in our heat! It was 95 yesterday with 90% humidity. He is the short stocky kind too. Although his mane is roached so maybe this helps him....???
Well thanks for all you opinions. I finally decided that i'm taking my haflinger :P And I feel alot better about my choice. I hadn't wanted to sell her. Now I just have to find a home for my other two.
I'm in South Carolina and during the summer I can't work any of the horses in the roundpen because the humidity is so high.
Irisheyes, I'm in Texas and we work our horse EVERYDAY in the round pen. I am for certain our temps. and humidityare much higher than yours. It's all about the horses getting acculumated (sp?) to their environment. Some do better than others. Are your round pens in the sun? (Not being sarcastic, just a question) Putting them in the shade helps tons!!! It also helps when you need to seclude one away from everyone else and they need shade.
We hose them down sometimes BEFORE working them. It helps to cool them off. Then we hose them down every time after they work. Have NEVER had issues....even in 100 degree 100% humidity weather.
I'm just kind-of shocked by your comment.... How again do wild horses survive the heat? :?
Yep, 96 right now. Not sure of the humidity but I know it's hot,hot,hot. We just got off the trails where we rode for about 3 hours.. All 3 horses did fine. Again it's about what they are use to! So, basically what you are saying is that you don't ride or work your horses in the summer? Just a little confused....
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