How To Keep Horses Cool In Hot Weather

Summer is an important time to ensure that your horse is kept cool and comfortable, as the heat can be very dangerous for them. High temperatures can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, and other health problems. It's important to know how hot is too hot for horses so that you can ensure their health and safety in the summer months.

Here are some tips for keeping your horse cool in the summer:

  1. Make sure your horse has access to plenty of fresh, clean water. Horses need a lot of water to stay hydrated, so make sure to check and refill the water buckets frequently.
  1. Provide shade for your horse. A tree or shelter will help keep your horse out of the sun and provide a cooler resting spot.
  1. Turn out your horse in the early morning or late evening when it's cooler outside.
  1. Make sure your horse is well-groomed. Brushing and combing your horse's coat can help remove excess dirt and sweat and keep your horse cooler.
  1. Keep your horse in a well-ventilated area. Stables and barns can become very hot in the summer, so make sure to open windows and doors to allow for air flow.
  1. Use fans or misters to help keep your horse cool. Fans can help circulate air and misters can help create a cooling effect.
  2. Horses with pink areas of skin can be prone to sunburn, applying suncream can help reduce the risk of sunburn.

Signs Of Heat Stress In Horses

  • Excessive Sweating 
  • Heavy Panting 
  • Lethargy 
  • Rapid Heart Rate 
  • Unsteady on Feet

If you have a horse that is suffering from heat exhaustion, it is important to act quickly and seek veterinary attention if necessary.