An animal as beautiful and graceful as a horse is no less than an asset. People pride themselves in owning this amazing creature. However, ownership comes with responsibilities. Just like any other animal, horses need to adjust themselves from one season to another or one kind of climatic condition to another. In certain regions, weathers can get extreme. It is therefore essential, to pay attention to how your equine is adjusting with the new weather conditions and give it time for the same. If you want your horse to be as competitive and fit as the ones we spot on the TVG, then one must take utmost care of even the slightest changes in the external environment. Take a look at some of the summer care tips.
- Prefer letting your horse out during the cooler parts of the day compared to the hotter hours. Overnight, early in the morning, or early evening after sunset should be the ideal time for letting out your horse. Also, too much heat can damage the quality of the pasture. In such a case additional feed will be required.
- If your horse takes part in racing competitions or is often traveling in trailers, take necessary steps to protect it from direct heat and provide it with enough shade. In cases of direct exposure to the heat and light, the animal might suffer from heat stroke or severe dehydration.
- Ensure that your horse has access to clean and cool water. Keep changing the water if it gets too warm or dirty due to stagnation. If your horse is not drinking enough water, offer hay, as horses tend to drink often after consuming hay. You can also try lacing the water with electrolytes which will allow it to maintain the right body balance.
- Provide sufficient ventilation for your horse while traveling in a trailer or while kept in an enclosed shade. Make sure there are enough windows for letting the air in and out. Fans can also be useful to keep the air moving in an enclosure. If you are using an electrical fan, ensure that the horse doesn’t mess up the wires or other electrical parts.
- Misting or spraying cool water over the horse is a good way to reduce its body temperature and hence cool it. In misting, moisture is absorbed from the body, leaving it cooler and freshened up. Spraying water or pouring water down the body is also helpful as evaporation of water leads to cooling.
- Make sure that your horse doesn’t develop sunburns. Horses and especially the white ones have a higher probability of developing sunburns. The best solution would be to avoid letting it get directly exposed to sunrays. In certain extreme cases, the horse might develop liver-related diseases. Use fly scrims or apply sunscreens or sunblocks.
Apart from the above mentioned it is recommended to take your horse out for shorter durations, give it breaks as often as possible and let it drink water whenever it feels the need to do so. As they say, a little care and some love are all everybody needs!