This spring we have seen an increase in hot weather conditions with temperatures rising over 25°c. We have some advice below on how you can help keep your horse, cool, hydrated, safe and happy throughout summer.
In hot weather conditions your horse can easily consume double their normal water intake, always make sure your horse has access to fresh, clean supply of water at all times to prevent dehydration.
To encourage drinking, add a sweet flavour to your horses' water like apple juice or apple cider vinegar; you can also add extra water to their feed to encourage drinking more fluid.
Planning is key, travel early or the night before if there is available stable or field quarters, to avoid travelling your horse when the temperatures are at their highest. Always bring water cartons with you, so your horse has access to drinking water. Make sure there is plenty of ventilation for fresh air to keep your horse cool.
Choose The Best Part Of The Day To Ride
Riding early morning or late at night
On these hotter days choosing an early morning or an evening ride when the temperatures are cooler is safer for your horse, and prevents him from overheating. What better way than to start your day with a morning ride, or better yet an evening stroll with your horsey friends. Once finished your ride, you can cool him down with a good sponge bath and hose down which will help him cool down.
Field and Stable Routine
If the temperature that day is going to be extremely hot, put your horse out early morning and bring in before the temperature is at its highest.
If your horse's field routine is out through the day and stabled at night. On hotter days, if your field has no field shelter or any shaded area for your horse to take cover from the sun; you could choose to stable him through the day and turnout at night. Make sure there is good ventilation in your horse's stable.
Hosing your horse down when coming in from the field will help cool him down.
UV Rays and Sunburn
During the hot weather, UV rays are high; you need to take action to protect your horse's skin and prevent any sunburn and skin damage.
To help prevent damage caused by UV rays use a fly mask that has a high UV ray protection rate to protect your horse's eyes, ears and muzzle area.
If your horse has pink skin, make sure you use a high factor sun cream to help prevent sunburn at sensitive areas like the nose, ankles, ears and around his bum.