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  • Victoria Salkeld

Managing horses in extreme heat

Updated: Dec 19, 2019

With temperatures climbing, it is important to know how to keep your horses cool.

Here are a few practical tips to help your horses cope with the heat

  • ensure water supply is high, fresh and clean

  • ensure they have adequate access to shade

  • if stabled, allow maximum possible airflow - misting fans can be very effective

  • hosing them down can help but be sure to scrape the excess water off thoroughly as the water can trap heat in their coat. Leave the horse in a shady area until dry.

  • avoid any unnecessary yarding or work, especially during the hottest time of day

  • feed consumption can be lower on hotter days, feed in the cooler parts of the day.

Signs of heat stress in horses include heavy panting, increased sweating, excess saliva, high body temperature, muscle spasms, restlessness, and lethargy.

If you see any of these signs, you should take action immediately in an effort to cool them down. Contact us as soon as possible.

Ref: The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)

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