It's beginning to feel a lot like summer! Fans or no fans? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
View Poll Results: Do/Should you give your horse a fan in the summer?
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post #11 of 15 Old 05-22-2013, 03:12 PM
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I use a fan even out in my mare's lean to in summer. I'm not sure it makes her cooler but if there is no breeze then the humidity can be horrible. I feel like the air movement can be just helpful as cooling the temp down. (and at least I feel like I'm trying to do something for her since I can't do much else other than hose her down occasionally) She does stand where the fan blows though, so maybe she likes it.

I will just add that I had a friends horse die due to an ill-placed fan. Actually an ill-placed fan cord. It was on the other side of a gate but on the ground. The mare reached under the gate to get the hay that fell over it and grabbed the cord on accident. Old barn probably didn't have a circuit breaker or she broke her neck when she got shocked. Moral of the story---Keep those cords up out of the horses reach.

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post #12 of 15 Old 05-22-2013, 03:16 PM
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I have two fans in Flickas stall, she had free access from stall to pasture- and she stands under her fans.
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post #13 of 15 Old 05-22-2013, 04:45 PM
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My horses are out during the day but I still use fans at night (they're on timers) because my barn is small and there isn't a lot of air movement if the wind isn't blowing.

I have two horses past 25 and another who is a the worst sweater I have ever seen in my entire life.

Right now there's only one tub fan, on a timer, aimed down the aisle on the nights it doesn't get below 60 degrees. As the heat and humidity increase, I will plug more fans into the timers.

By summer, they will all have a fan on them. They have lived this way for many years without any ill-effects.

If I had it to do over again, I would have built this barn with those big fans in either end of the barn walls, that suck all the hot air out, like one sees in cattle barns

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post #14 of 15 Old 05-23-2013, 10:31 AM
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What summer? We've had rain and cold temperatures here in the PNW for the last couple of days LOL.
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post #15 of 15 Old 05-23-2013, 03:54 PM
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I live where 100 degrees + is the rule in the summer time. I do not keep my horses under fans even in 110*.
They do just fine because they are acclimated to the heat.
the mare I bought from colorado 2 years ago did not do well and I did keep a fan in her shed. If she did not acclimate the next year I would have sold her.
As long as air can circulate freely the horses should be fine. Shalom
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