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post #1 of 5 Old 07-14-2014, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Tips/tricks for keeping a horse cool in the hot weather?

Hello friends,

Looking for tips and tricks to keep my black Friesian cool during this summers heat. I purchased a mist sprinkler for his paddock, and make sure to change his water frequently throughout the day. I find he does not really utilize the areas of shade in his paddock - so wanted to try and find creative ways to help keep him cool. Thanks so much! :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-14-2014, 01:05 PM
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If he has the choice to go into shade and he doesn't then I'm sure he's just fine ;) I am curious though does he ever go into the sprinkler? Other than that at horse shows I'll hose our horses down. Just legs chest and shoulders. Between classes after they've had a few min to cool down from a run. They seem to really enjoy it
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I was hoping I was over thinking it. I thought he can't be that negligent to the area of shade lol. Although, I find even myself that the areas of shade do not hold much of a breeze because of the structure.. and can be quite stuffy.

He does infact love the new mist sprinkler! He favours wetting his mouth and putting his face in it mostly. He will put his body against it and stand in the mist for a few minutes, but usually not for long. 20 dollars at Rona! (a paddock friend shared her find with me) I love it because its water consumption friendly so you can leave it on for a few hours and not feel guilty about water waste.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-14-2014, 02:22 PM
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As long as he has access to water and shade, he should be fine. If he's not drinking enough on his own, you may need to supplement with electrolytes but be sure to check with your vet about that. Obviously, you don't want to exercise him in the middle of a hot summer day; just work him early mornings or in the evenings.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-14-2014, 03:18 PM
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We were just talking about something like this, last weekend. Whether or not darker colored horses get hotter in the sun.

If we wear a dark colored shirt, we feel hotter. However, if we have dark colored hair, it will feel warm to the touch but it doesn't make your head feel hotter.

Is that because the hair allows air to flow through it and a shirt doesn't? Or is it because our head is used to the sun on out hair but our bodies aren't?

A dark colored horse may feel warm to our touch but are they any warmer than a light colored horse?

If your horse has a shelter or shade but doesn't use it, it should be fine, as long as there is plenty of water to drink.
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