Extreme Heat Expected - Make Sure To Keep Horses Hydrated and Cool
Extreme heat and humidity is expected to begin today, in Eastern Pennsylvania, and run straight through the weekend into the beginning of next week. Warnings are issued to avoid exerting ourselves during this time, to check on the elderly and to bring pets indoors.
Care must also be taken for horses and livestock. Even though they are outdoor animals, they feel the extreme heat also. Steps are to be taken to make sure the horses are kept as comfortable as possible during the extreme heat.
Start by making sure that there is plenty of water available. The body of a horse is comprised of 65-70% water. Therefore, it requires free access to water and should be able to drink as much as it needs. The hotter and more humid, the more it will require. Check the water supply throughout the day.
Next, the horses should be able to have some sort of shelter or shade to be able to get out of the hot sun. Just like humans, they can get overheated standing in the sun. Good sources of shade would be trees, run-in sheds, overhangs from barns, or keeping the horses in the stalls. A great help would be to have some sort of air circulating in the structure, wuch as fans, to help keep the horses cool.
Avoid working the horses in the hottest part of the day. If the horse must be worked, do it in the early morning hours when it is coolest, or in the latter part of the evening.
If at all possible, hose the horses down during the day to help them keep cool. Since they are unable to take a dip in the pool like humans can, the hosing will help them considerably. Remember to scrape the excess water off after hosing. Keeping the excess water on their body will be counter-productive and will heat the horse instead.
Horses can get heatstroke, so it is up to us to try to keep them as cool and comfortable as possible during the extreme heat of summer.
Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR® (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania. She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.
Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR
Pennsylvania License #RS297130
Rural and Horse Properties and Farms
Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.
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