All horses are prone to heat stroke during the hot summer months. In temperatures reaching 100 degrees or more, here are some basic tips to remember. Signs of dehydration, including loss of skin elasticity, sunken eyes, tacky membranes, and cessation of urination.
Water is a pretty good insulator and has the capacity to retain heat so get the water off and that thin layer left on the horse will evaporate and help in the cooling. Spray your horse with cool water, beginning with his legs first, to help lower his body temperature. Scrape excess water off quickly because it soon rises to the temperature of the over – heated horse. Make sure stalls are well ventilated with cross breezes ( air can move in and out of the stall ) or make sure your horse can move out of the stall on his / her own free will. Keep you horse from standing in direct sunlight on these extremely hot days. If you suspect heat stress with your horse, call your veterinarian immediately.
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