Caring for Horses in the Heatwave
Updated: Feb 27
The summer and especially the current heatwave we are in can cause some serious health issues in horses. It's important that as responsible horse owners, we do what we can to keep them safe and healthy in the hot weather!
A horse suffering from heat stress can develop:
collapse or diarrhoea
loss of appetite
increased breathing rate, high temperature
Overweight, unwell or very young horses are more vulnerable so need to have a closer eye over them.
What to do if you suspect your horse is suffering from the heat:
Move them out of direct sunlight as soon as possible
Hose them down with lots of cold water all over their body
Offer them water to drink
Use fans for them to stand under and enjoy the breeze
Prevention is better than cure!
There are things you can do to help your horse (and other equines!)
Exercising during the day
Grazing with no shade
Exercise at dusk and dawn, or don't exercise at all
Stable during the day and turn out at night, if you can! If you are bringing them in, make sure their is good ventilation
Encourage water drinking by adding apple juice or molasses to their water, always provide plain water too
Clip off thick coats
Hose them down with cold water
Provide electrolyte supplements in their food
Put some horse safe sun cream on their pink noses or white areas - we stock some horse sun cream so call us to order some if you need it.