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Equine Summer Tips
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Summer heat can be dangerous for horses just like people and other animals. It is important for owners to take precautions to keep their horses healthy.

  • Change water daily to help horses desire to drink. A horse will drink about 10 gallons of water a day.
  • Horses sweat depleting their bodies of needed electrolytes. Salt licks and electrolyte mixes added to water can help.
  • Provide less strenuous exercise, preferably in the morning.
  • Horses sometimes need encouragement to be in the shade and a fly mask to cover their faces from UV rays.
  • Horses should be rinsed every day, especially in the summer. Sweat can attract flies and insects; showering keeps their bodies cool.
  • Moisture added to any hot environment can breed parasites. Maintain a proper de-worming and vaccination schedule.
Severe heat stress or heat exhaustion are veterinary emergencies. Call a veterinarian immediately. 



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