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post #1 of 12 Old 07-22-2015, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Handling Summer Heat For Horses??

What do yall recommend on handling the summer heat for horses? Do you use misters in the stall real lite to keep the heat off so much or how do you handle this issue?? Larry

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Full water tank---NOT ICY COLD!!
Salt block.
Shade where they can get a breeze.
Baths. Clean horses don't attract flies. =D
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Yea I agree

Yea very good Idea I agree,I always kept the Horse trough full and salt block handy!! Larry
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You will get a wide variety of answers. None of them wrong, it will be what works for each person in their own situation.

My horses are home. They are 20 & 21 so I cater to them a little more.

Up until today, we have had horrible humidity with our dew points in the high 70's and the heat index 105-108.

I have those big green tub fans from Tractor Supply in the barn. They are on heavy duty outdoor timers.

Both horses have a fan they can stand directly in front of. By early afternoon the fans are pushing hot air. But between the fans and the barn being dark, the horses quickly learned the flies don't bother them.

Plus they have all the hay they want while they are in there.

My horses come in at night so, the fans are set to shut off at 1:30 AM and come on at 6:45 AM.

They do brave the heat to graze and will be a sweaty mess by sunset. I will also cold hose them down at night, and take a wash cloth to them to get the sweat off; paying attention to get their nether areas and inner back legs wiped clean.

If your new horse has an issue with baths, for now just concentrate on her chest, neck, shoulders, heart girth area. I use a nozzle with a shower head and turn it to "shower".

The purpose being to get her cooled down. Then stick her in front of the fan

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Ditto plenty of FRESH water and a salt block. My horse are separated because one has some tendon issues. They both have two 20 gallon tubs of water and two 50 lb white salt blocks.

I fill the tubs every morning and they get cleaned as needed. About every other day in our humidity. No ice is right. However cold it comes out of the spigot if perfect
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The horses are not bothered by the heat, but we are.
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Like Walkinthewalk, 3 of my 4 horses are older so I watch them a little closer and one of my mares is a draft and the high heat mixed with the humidity really bothers her as of late. I have a fan in each of my stalls blowing into the middle, then one fan pointing downward above each door and one fan in the middle in front of a window. Our barn has tree's all around it so thankfully that cuts down on the heat.

When I feed them their pellets at night with their supplements, they get a light sprinkle of electrolyte salt on top, it encourages them to drink a bit more so that I can feel a little better about their water consumption. I clean their tank often so scum does not build up and only fill it half way, so when the water does get warmish or tepid, I have been known to dump it and fill it will cool water, our horses love that and will drink more.

I keep rubbing alcohol on hand in case I have to cool down a horse quickly, as you can sponge it on with 5 parts water, one part alcohol. Sponge this on the udder and inside of the legs, belly, chest, legs, it will help cool the horse down quickly, but make sure you don't do it too quick. Being damp and in front of a fan does cool them off and bring relief.

We also spray their legs, belly and body down with fly spray in the morning and at night once the sun goes down and after they have had their pellets, we spray their legs and belly down one more time before they go out for the night. Helps with the flies that love this hot weather.
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Originally Posted by greentree View Post
The horses are not bothered by the heat, but we are.
Oh, I've been around a few pasture puffs that went down with heat stroke.

If there was a vet near, the horses got a mixture of fluids.

If the horse and rider were further from town a water bottle with salt water was squirted down their throats.

This was in the mid-South years ago.
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Our horses are out 24x7 with a shelter and trees for shade and water and salt, of course.

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post #9 of 12 Old 07-22-2015, 09:07 PM
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Here in Australia, where in summer it can get super hot, most horses are in a paddock 24/7. As long as they have plenty of shade and water they are usually fine. In the cities people stable them a lot, but out in the country where it's hotter horses have been living on pasture through many long summers for years.
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My 24 yr. old mare has quit sweating in the heat. I've spent the last three days hosing her and putting her in front of a fan and letting her out at night. They have a salt/mineral block but she's really not into it. From what I understand, it's not all that uncommon here in Florida for that to happen. I started giving her salt and electrolytes in her feed. Actually, they're all getting that now. A mister is being installed soon also.
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