The UK heatwave has continued this week and we’re not sure if our horses have ever felt so hot! It’s difficult to know the best way to keep your horse cool but here are a few ideas that might help make him more comfortable:
- Opt for turnout during the cooler periods of the day, perhaps overnight or as early as possible in the morning before it starts really hotting up. Ensure your horse has some shade whether it be from a purpose built field shelter or natural shelter. This should also help your horse avoid the worst of the flies.
- During the hot weather you may wish to slow down your horse’s workload. Perhaps opt for some shaded hacks rather than intense sessions of jumping or schooling. As soon as you are finished untack your horse and sponge or hose him down with some cool water.
- When travelling your horse you may need to leave earlier than normal to avoid your horse being stuck in a lorry or trailer during the hottest part of the day. Try to park in the shade and don’t leave your horse tied up in the direct sunlight.
- We know misting is most effective at cooling horses down but not many of us are lucky enough to have a mist system on our stable yard. We find our horses still enough a wash with lavender wash water or a gentle hose. You’ll probably find you enjoy it too!
- Water is the most important factor in keeping your horse hydrated. Horses may drink double their normal amount on a hot summer’s day. Ensure water is cool and fresh throughout the day. Our’s seem to like dunking their faces in the giant water containers too!!