Surviving the Summer Heat

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

Water, baths, or stall misters
Provide ample shade
Move to cooler area during the summer
Other (please explain)

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


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


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