I almost put this in "other pets" but it does apply to horses as well.
So it's 100°F+ every day here. That means time to break out the electrolytes for Mocha. Got me thinking about how everybody else deals with the heat and their equine and non-equine pets.
I have an almost 11 year old german shepherd and unfortunately I can't leave her inside while I'm gone during the day. I live in a fifth-wheel trailer and if, heaven forbid, the a/c went out it would cook her. I leave her in a 10x30 kennel with 2 doghouses, a roof in the middle and a lean-to. I also have a box fan set up up against the outside of the run pointed at one of her dirt pits she lays in. I also tried a kiddie pool but even in the shade it the water gets uncomfortably hot.
Any ideas of things I could do to help her stay cool? Also do you think it would hurt her if I gave a tiny bit of the horses electrolytes?
Under your current conditions, you’re doing better than most, IMO:)
The one thing I would change would be the box fan. I’m not a fan of box fans:)
I trust the box fan has protection from rain, on the off chance you get rained on, but they are still flimsy/fire hazard things, if they aren’t made for industrial use.
I would spend the money for an outdoor heavy duty extension cord and a small floor style fan with a SEALED motor.
. If you have someplace like Northern Tool close by or a hardware store that really is one, you should be able to find one easily:)
I would also put that on a heavy duty outdoor timer, and of course the extension cord should be a heavy gage construction type if you have to use one:)
As long as your dog is breathing well, has plenty of fresh water at all times, and eating, safely keeping the air moving in her turn out space should be sufficient.
You may also want to consider an extra trip or two to the vet for checkups during this rotten weather we are all locked into.
My area is going to see “feels like” of over 100 starting Wednesday. Having lived in SoCal’s Low Desert, very arid, area five years, I can say my horses did a lot better in the desert actual 106 degrees than they do in Middle Tennessee’s 97 degrees with a “feels like” of 106.
I have two 36” and one 42” barrel fans in the barn, on heavy duty outdoor timers. I keep hay out and the horses are content to spend the bulk of these beastly days in the barn.
If they break a sweat, they get showered off - every night until further notice, as I stated to DH
They then go in their stalls and eat supper with those huge barrel fans aimed right at them. ATM I have the timers set to shut off at 1:00 AM.
That’s a whopping electric bill but I would rather pay that, over a vet bill for a sick horse. My horses are 25 & 26. The 25 yr old is now on Prascend for Cushings, and the 26 year old never has been a huge sweater.
They are separated and each horse has two 18 gallon outdoor water tubs. They both have one tub in the shade; one under the overhang, one just inside the barn door. The water is no warmer than tepid by the end of the day.
They both have pure white salt blocks beside their water tubs but I add ~teaspoon of salt to their feed pans every day and I monitor their water intake closely.
My dogs live in the house. We spent a load of $$$$ on a whole new HVAC unit in 2018. It had better not even think about quitting.
Hope this helps:)