Will he get shade if needed or keep eating? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 12 Old 07-17-2019, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Will he get shade if needed or keep eating?

Its been really hot and humid. Horse is free grazing during the day, stalled at night. He loves food. Most do, but he is one of those that likes it more than the average horse. Starts out the season with just short times in the fields then gets to all day. I keep arriving to barn finding all his paddock mates in the small dirt paddock under trees (there is a hard shelter too) trying to stay cool, but Reno is out grazing in the field all on his own. ha Do they instinctively know when they HAVE to get some shade? Or can he give himself heat problems? Makes me wonder if he comes in often enough to drink what he should be too! He is healthy currently.
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-17-2019, 01:57 PM
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I think he knows he has the shelter available, and probably does use it, you may just not see it.

My mare is out on pasture 24/7, she has some shady areas & a run-in for shelter. I do find most of the time she is out, but sometimes she goes in the run-in too. As long as he has fresh water he should be fine. They are pretty smart, although my mare also prefers to stand outside in the pouring rain. LOL.
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Any way to stall during the day and graze at night instead? It's pretty common practice around here in summer.
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My paso can be like that too. His former owners said sometimes he would stand out in the hot sun and not even be eating while others were in the shade! I usually find him hanging with the herd in a shady spot but just the other night when I got to the barn he was out grazing by himself. It hasn't hurt him any since he is now 26 and in good health. Do you put a fly mask on your horse at all? It could provide a little shade for him if needed.
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If possible have turnout schedule changed to night turnout have them in barn during day. My horses are in barn during the day...way to hot humid to be out. Bugs here are horrible so they just stand around fighting bugs an,not eating when out during the day.

My one gelding will run,pace fence in a panic about the bugs...god forbid he has bugs bothering him.
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I have wondered on and off about this. The only thing I could really come up with is that in the sun a horse sweats (more so) than in the shade and that sweat going from liquid state to gas is cooling.... sweat wets down the skin then evaporates and pulls heat from your body in the process.
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post #7 of 12 Old 07-17-2019, 03:21 PM
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Is there a difference in colour between him and his pasture mates?
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-18-2019, 02:06 PM
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If they have the option for shelter, most will use it when they feel it's necessary.

My gray Arabian mare rarely even breaks a sweat while grazing in sunny 110F Texas for hours on end.

My chestnut QH gelding will have sweat literally pouring off him and be breathing like he's about to pass out when it's over 90F - he tends to doze under his fan in the loafing shed for much of the day, popping out to graze here and there.
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post #9 of 12 Old 07-18-2019, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Any way to stall during the day and graze at night instead? It's pretty common practice around here in summer.

Possibly if I went out and did it. He's stalled at night but there are a few in his paddock that are not, and there is a gate out to the pasture. I assume they close in the rough boarders at night but i'm not sure. Water can be reached from both sides so I think its possible. But a breeze and shade might be cooler than a fan. I hate even bringing up hot weather when we have such terrible winters too! ha
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Is there a difference in colour between him and his pasture mates?
Good point! A few, but others are same as well. He is a red dun.


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