Horse Facts and Tips
|First Posted July 6, 2010|
Jul 26, 2010
Horses and Hot Weatherby Dr. Shea Porr, Volume 4, Number 7, July 2010, Newsletter: Virginia Equine Extension, Northern Virginia
"...With the rising temperatures come concerns for us and our animals. Make sure your horses have adequate fresh, clean water and access to shade. It doesn't have to be a barn - a lean-to or a good stand of trees can do the trick. Also, make sure there's a source of salt for them. They're pretty good about regulating their salt intake to get what they need, and if they're sweating it out in the hot sun, they'll be losing salt more quickly than normal. If your horses have pink flesh under their white spots, they may sunburn. Watch for it, and if their skin seems to become inflamed or if it starts peeling, put some zinc oxide (face) or other protection (light sheet) on them.
Also, keep in mind the temperature and humidity when you're working or riding. The "Misery Index" can be measured in a variety of ways, but one quick method is to add the temperature and humidity together.
The Misery Index
To factor The Misery Index add the outside temperature and the humidity together.
So, take your time, stay cool, and enjoy the warmth and sunshine!"