Hello To The Heatwave: Top Tips To Keep Your Horse Happy This Summer
Temperatures are set to soar this week with weather reporters predicting highs of 30 degrees and more later this week. Although this weather is lovely for topping up our summer tans, it's not so pleasant for our four-legged friends... Have you considered how your horse may feel?
Worry not, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks to help your horses cope with the heat this summer.
It may sound simple, but make sure your horse has access to fresh, clean, cool water at all times. When the temperatures soar, horses will naturally drink more water to replace salts lost through sweating so providing access at all times is paramount.
If your horse does sweat a lot during the heat it may also be worth looking into electrolytes to help rebalance vital salts and minerals lost through sweating.
Time Your Rides...
We advise to avoid riding in the extreme heat, however, if you're wanting to exercise your horse during the hot weather, it's a good idea to pick your times wisely. Try riding first thing in the morning or last thing at night - ideally when the sun is lower in the sky and the heat is less powerful. Furthermore, it's also a good idea to keep your riding sessions shorter during the hot weather to avoid overworking your horse - they are sure to thank you for this as the heat makes exercise a lot harder!
SPF Is Key!
Just like us, horses can get burnt if their skin is exposed to UV for long periods of time - light coloured horses and horses with pink skin are especially prone to this. If you have a horse with pink skin, white socks, blazes or hairless patches, make sure you apply sun block or SPF cream to avoid any burning or bleaching. You can also get fly masks and fly rugs that have UV blocking properties that can assist in protecting your horse's face from harmful rays.
Much to a horse owners dismay, high temperatures and bothersome bugs seem to come hand in hand. Stop the irritating insects in their tracks this summer with fly rugs, fly masks and insect repellents - the perfect solution for horses that are sensitive to flies and insects.
Cool Off In The Shade...
Providing a shaded area allows your horse to seek some relief from the heat if they wish. Field shelters are an excellent source of shade and protection from the sun, however, trees and hedges can also provide excellent shade too.
If your paddock is quite exposed to sunlight it may be a good idea to bring them into a stable during the day to shelter from the sun, and turn them back out in the evening when the heat is less powerful and the sun has disappeared.
We hope these tips and tricks will be useful to you during the heatwave - remember to be vigilant and take precautions to ensure you and your horse stay cool and comfortable.
16 June 2022