Summer care tips for horse owners

Summer Care for Horses - Beat the Heat

Summer brings long days and warm weather (what's not to love)? But for horse owners, it summer brings its own challenges of keeping our horses comfortable and healthy in the heat. Horses are particularly sensitive to high temperatures, and without proper care, they can quickly succumb to heat stress. In this blog, we explore some essential tips and practices to help keep your horse cool and happy during the hot summer months. 

Understanding the impact of heat on horses 

Horses can suffer greatly in the heat due to their large body mass and natural insulation. High temperatures can lead to dehydration, heat stress and even heat stroke. Recognizing the signs of heat stress is crucial: 

  • Heavy sweating or no sweating at all (when they should be)
  • Rapid breathing and elevated heart rate
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Elevated body temperature (thermometer

If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to act quickly to cool your horse down and contact your veterinarian if necessary. 

Hydration is key

Just like humans, horses need plenty of water to sty hydrated, especially during the summer. Here are some tips to ensure your horse gets enough water: 

  • Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Ensure it is out of direct sunlight to avoid it getting hot. 
  • Use large, easily accessible water troughs
  • Add electrolytes to their water to replace essential salts lost through sweating 

Providing shade and shelter

Horses need a place to escape the sun's rays. If your horse spends a lot of time outdoors, make sure they have access to shade throughout the day. This can be provided by: 

  • Trees or hedges
  • Portable shelters
  • Shade cloths or canopies

Proper nutrition during summer

Feeding your horse the right diet in the summer months is essential. Here are some tips: 

  • Opt for lighter feeds and reduce grain intake (where not necessary), as grains can increase body heat
  • Provide forage like hay at all times, which helps with digestion and maintains hydration 
  • Due to sweating, be sure to provide your horse with a salt lick, or electrolyte ball to replace lost salt

Regular exercise and timing

Exercise is important, but it should be done carefully during hot weather. Follow these guidelines: 

  • Exercise horses early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler
  • Shorten workout times to avoid intense activities
  • Cool down your horse gradually, and walk them for an extended time after their workout is finished. This will bring their breathing back to regular, as well as their heart rate
  • Cool down after a workout with a shower (hose down with lukewarm water)
  • Be sure to provide sufficient drinking water after a workout, ensuring the water is not too cold
  • After a more intense workout, cool your horses legs with a cooling gel

Monitoring health and signs of trouble

Daily health checks are essential during summer. Pay close attention to: 

  • Body temperature
  • Hydration
  • General demeanor and appetite

If you notice signs of heat stress or other health issues. act quickly and consult your veterinarian. 

Summer care for horses is all about proactive measures to keep them cool and healthy. Following the above tips and utilizing products from EquiZone, you can ensure your horse enjoys the summer safely. Visit out website to explore our extensive range of summer care products designed to help you and your horse beat the heat! 



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