Summer is a great time to enjoy your horse, but summer heat can be dangerous for horses, resulting in dehydration, lethargy, and general dullness. Severe heat stress can cause diarrhoea, or even colic.
1. Choose cooler turnout times.
2. Provide shade.
3. Create air movement.
4. Shower/ hose down your horse.
5. Provide fresh, cool water and an electrolyte source.
6. Slow down the work.
7. Stick to a schedule.
8. Avoid sunburn.
9. Clip horses with longer hair coats.
10. Know your horse and signs of heat stroke:-
Signs of heat stroke can include:
An elevated heart rate that does not return to normal in a reasonable period of time;
Excessive sweating or lack of sweating;
Temperature that persists above 38.5°C;
Depression and/or lethargy; and
Signs of dehydration: dry mucous membranes, poor capillary refill, and poor skin turgor.
If you are concerned that your horse is suffering from heat stroke, call your veterinary surgeon immediately and get your horse into a cooler environment. Your vet will advise on what to do whilst your are waiting for them to arrive.
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