Poll

Surviving the Summer Heat

What is the main way you help keep your horses cool during the hot months?

Fans
33%
229
Water, baths, or stall misters
15%
104
Provide ample shade
46%
317
Move to cooler area during the summer
2%
12
Other (please explain)
4%
30

Total votes cast: 692

Comments & Write-in Answers

horses are inside during the day, some have fans

7/7/2013 5:22:43 PM

also Water baths and providing shade

7/7/2013 4:51:12 PM

Fans & using water baths & body clipping hos

7/7/2013 10:44:47 AM

In Tucson, AZ - misters and plenty of shade

7/7/2013 8:21:46 AM

Mine have irrigated pasture with trees and run-in sheds year around.

7/7/2013 1:16:54 AM

Braid his mane, baths, run-in shelter, fans

7/6/2013 10:16:07 PM

Sam has access to a shaded barn beside a creek which lowers temp by 10 degrees

7/6/2013 9:44:03 PM

NIGHT TURN OUT

7/6/2013 8:24:45 PM

do not feed anything with molasses, corn,

7/6/2013 5:15:37 PM

Availability to nice, clean pond for swimming! He and his buddy splash, roll, and play everyday!!

7/6/2013 3:40:18 PM

Clean, fresh water

7/6/2013 3:31:17 PM

also, hosing off

7/6/2013 11:20:51 AM

Live in Phoenix, AZ-daytime temps in teens, water hotter than body temp so full shade. nite turnouts

7/6/2013 12:06:27 AM

Fans, shade, baths, time of turnout.

7/5/2013 7:51:00 PM

My 20 minis have a willow break, and run ins.. if humid I wpray them

7/5/2013 6:51:24 PM

Can't move so I use the first 3 options

7/5/2013 6:49:56 PM

Water everywhere,fans in stalls,misting baths,shade in pecan grove

7/5/2013 6:41:42 PM

Field sprinklers, water spray and plenty of shade

7/5/2013 5:41:26 PM

They have ample shade but won't use the shed since airflow is limited

7/5/2013 4:56:26 PM

One AC, Hosing, Banamine

7/5/2013 4:50:01 PM

Keep them inside with barn doors shut. Barn is several degrees cooler than outside.

7/5/2013 4:22:26 PM

turn on the sprinklers. they play just like kids in them!

7/5/2013 4:16:28 PM

Night turn-out.

7/5/2013 4:06:08 PM

Horse has fan and option to stay in stall or go out to coolest area.

7/5/2013 2:59:54 PM

Our land gets VERY hot here in OK, we graze earl, and then into the barn with overhead fans & mister

7/5/2013 2:43:05 PM

combination of shade, stall, and baths

7/5/2013 12:44:20 PM

Fans, fresh water, baths and ample shade. Baths both before and after a workout.

7/5/2013 12:36:02 PM

Dam for rolling and swimming.

7/5/2013 12:06:59 PM

my horses are out 24/7/365 to come/go as they please. They have many pasture trees + 10' X 72' lean

7/5/2013 11:37:35 AM

Cold water hosings & baths as well

7/5/2013 11:33:08 AM

50# ice blocks in water troughs, or freeze gallon jugs of water to float in troughs.

7/5/2013 11:09:01 AM

My horses are ranch horses. During the heat of the day they will stand down in the pond,under trees

7/5/2013 10:36:42 AM

fans, stall screens to outside, shade trees that cover barn.

7/5/2013 9:27:27 AM

Lots of deep shade and plenty of water and salt

7/5/2013 8:38:00 AM

All of the above.

7/5/2013 7:00:23 AM

And Hosing off after turnout

7/5/2013 3:34:18 AM

Lots of water,selenium block,shaded run ins,

7/5/2013 1:01:01 AM

All of those are used on different days and different parts of the day.

7/4/2013 10:46:26 PM

shade, exercise in early am, cold water hose when needed.

7/4/2013 10:11:05 PM

Horses have fans in the barn, but I believe they are cooler in the shade outdoors.

7/4/2013 9:40:40 PM

shade, ceiling fans, misters

7/4/2013 8:57:04 PM

Most in barn w/ fans...others have run in sheds.

7/4/2013 8:38:58 PM

I have a 20" fan in her stall, a mister along the bottom of the roof and lots of shae.

7/4/2013 7:59:47 PM

We have fans on all our horses who are in 12 x 12 breezeway stalls with attached paddocks.

7/4/2013 7:27:14 PM

All of the above!

7/4/2013 6:20:18 PM

night turnout

7/4/2013 5:42:19 PM

Also, spray down the interior of the barn several times/day. Reduces heat by 15 degrees.

7/4/2013 4:27:05 PM

Access to ample shade with fans blowing on them all day & night, cold baths when too hot.

7/4/2013 4:24:33 PM

Inside with fans during day; turned out at night.

7/4/2013 2:35:04 PM

combination with fans

7/4/2013 2:31:04 PM

hose down after exercise

7/4/2013 12:46:57 PM

also have a pond that they splash and romp around in at will

7/4/2013 10:34:19 AM

Also barn fans, wetting fly sheets and masks

7/4/2013 10:05:19 AM

Hose down on the really hot days

7/4/2013 8:30:47 AM

water and pound

7/4/2013 3:27:42 AM

Fans, shade, lots of water to drink and baths if needed

7/3/2013 10:37:59 PM

use fans, free access to stalls, and sponge baths or hose down

7/3/2013 10:11:44 PM

turnout at night with access to stalls in daytime

7/3/2013 8:49:12 PM

all of the above

7/3/2013 7:55:19 PM

lots of shaded areas and a mister over one large water trough that they can get totally wet under

7/3/2013 7:26:40 PM

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7/3/2013 6:29:26 PM

Installed dairy fans & also hose them off during high humidity.

7/3/2013 4:58:48 PM

Sometimes we mount a T-Post sprinkler for those that LOVE the water.

7/3/2013 2:14:04 PM

All of the above

7/3/2013 12:59:56 PM

treelines, tree clumps provide ample shade

7/3/2013 10:53:53 AM

provide shade,water, and air circulation as well as maintain the proper electrolyet balance

7/3/2013 9:08:22 AM

Hasn't been real hot here yet in SC.

7/3/2013 8:09:54 AM

Horses are brought into stall during hottest times with fans on them

7/3/2013 8:00:16 AM

rarely hot here

7/3/2013 2:00:31 AM

When it's really bad we hose them off during the day.

7/3/2013 1:42:52 AM

Night turnout

7/3/2013 12:28:45 AM

Provide ample drinking water

7/2/2013 11:40:21 PM

all the above

7/2/2013 11:34:10 PM

Make sure they have fresh water at all times. They are never confined to stalls and paddock is shady

7/2/2013 10:35:09 PM

Fans, mist, shade, ice blocks in the water

7/2/2013 10:06:17 PM

Use open run in sheds which provide shade & ventilation

7/2/2013 9:59:27 PM

And ample shade, baths

7/2/2013 9:09:19 PM

Cool, bug-free barn during the day, out door turnout at night

7/2/2013 8:46:26 PM

Sprinkers in paddocks and fields

7/2/2013 6:44:17 PM

Fans, water, and shade, all three.

7/2/2013 5:36:51 PM

Provide ample cool water to drink!

7/2/2013 4:38:29 PM

run in sheds and wooded areas in pasture

7/2/2013 4:18:28 PM

Give them the day off, or work them early in the morning

7/2/2013 2:57:55 PM

Multiple: shade, water, electrolytes, hosing in extreme temps and fans

7/2/2013 12:32:59 PM

evaporative cooler in the barn

7/2/2013 12:16:24 PM

combination of fans, shade, swimming and letting them be so they dont overheat

7/2/2013 11:24:05 AM

If I don't go out enough and soak them, 2 of mine will stand in the water trough.

7/2/2013 9:51:41 AM

Mine have access to the cool bank barn with a small paddock so they can be out of the worst heat .

7/2/2013 9:38:37 AM

In Kentucky, my horse stays in his stall with a fan during the day and is turned out at night.

7/2/2013 9:32:21 AM