Poll

Hot Enough for Ya?

How do you keep your horse cool when it's hot outside?
Check all that apply

Hosing with cool water
20%
1155
Running fans in the barn
18%
1045
Providing shade in the pasture (trees, run-in shed, etc.)
24%
1420
Stalling him/her during the daytime
12%
704
Providing cool water for drinking
23%
1353
Applying alcohol rubs
1%
67
Other
2%
132

Total votes cast: 5876

Comments & Write-in Answers

give ur horse blocks of ice as treats.its a good training tool and a way to kepp cool.

9/3/2007 10:42:48 PM

liniment in the bathwater after work. I take temp before and after riding.

9/3/2007 6:47:10 PM

I freeze home made popcicles

9/3/2007 6:27:04 PM

real fruit popsicles

9/3/2007 5:11:06 PM

may hose 2 or more times per day

9/3/2007 1:56:21 PM

To bathe with cool water

9/3/2007 12:20:26 PM

i use a plastic swimming pool and my horses put their feet in the water

9/2/2007 11:24:25 PM

make sure our rides are short, fun,a nd after sundown! Then we can both enjoy the cooling temps!

9/2/2007 10:33:56 PM

my horses love to swim in their pond!

9/2/2007 6:32:10 PM

opened barn,Pond

9/2/2007 8:58:21 AM

Our horse can go into sprinklers.

9/1/2007 2:36:43 PM

this was when I had my own barn, now I board so it's not anything like I would do

9/1/2007 11:24:11 AM

clipping

8/31/2007 9:38:44 PM

Ice cubes as a treat. My boy loves it.

8/31/2007 3:54:30 PM

Go for a swim in the lake.

8/31/2007 11:46:49 AM

Go for a swim in the lake.

8/31/2007 11:41:45 AM

Be sure waterer is clean! Lightly salt feed to encourage drinking more.

8/31/2007 11:19:36 AM

My friends and I also mix powdered Gatorade for our horses. They prefer lemon lime 2 scoops per buc

8/31/2007 9:57:50 AM

Sponging with cool water

8/31/2007 4:09:07 AM

After ring work, I hose and use witch hazel to get the heat out of his muscles

8/31/2007 3:54:14 AM

set up sprinklers or misters in the pasture/paddock.

8/31/2007 3:41:00 AM

Provide shade and water, they will stand out in the sun, but they have a choice!

8/30/2007 11:15:14 PM

Provide a wet area for horse to lie down.

8/30/2007 10:01:58 PM

your horse needs to be at home

8/30/2007 7:03:40 PM

I have tried installing misters but they only result in a wet barn.

8/30/2007 6:30:46 PM

stall misters really help.

8/30/2007 5:45:34 PM

Not riding when so hot.

8/30/2007 5:19:18 PM

Feed cooled fruit

8/30/2007 5:10:27 PM

freeze large containers of water to add to buckets

8/30/2007 4:38:24 PM

In Texas, I introduce a bath to the babies by hosing momma with cool water.

8/30/2007 3:56:12 PM

misters

8/30/2007 3:52:01 PM

Run water thru the automatic fly system to mist the barn and horses

8/30/2007 3:43:28 PM

work early am or later pm

8/30/2007 3:21:03 PM

my horses are not wusses. and stalling is hotter than turnout in my climate.

8/30/2007 3:05:47 PM

I have two horses, baby loves the cool water all over her, while mom prefers to have warm H2O

8/30/2007 2:55:26 PM

Vetrolin (diluted) sponge baths. Benefits of alcohol without being so caustic to skin & coat

8/30/2007 2:55:08 PM

Each stable leads onto a paddock, they choose whether they want in or out, 35 degrees we hose

8/30/2007 2:43:26 PM

watermelon twice a day!

8/30/2007 2:24:36 PM

misting system in barn

8/30/2007 1:38:49 PM

Tubing with misting nozzles cools air in run-in shed-attaches to garden hose.

8/30/2007 1:37:24 PM

Misting fans

8/30/2007 1:35:03 PM

Electrolytes

8/30/2007 1:23:12 PM

fans at day, out at night

8/30/2007 12:13:12 PM

sprinkler/shower type attach to hose and leave on at various areas during hottest time

8/30/2007 11:51:28 AM

Sprinkler in the field, They love it!

8/30/2007 11:22:20 AM

Never work hard in the heat.

8/30/2007 9:04:34 AM

It rarely goes above 90 here.

8/30/2007 8:55:56 AM

We don't hose with"cold", that's too shocking, we use a little cooler than tepid.

8/30/2007 7:21:17 AM

On the hottest days, we hose our horses down not just after riding but before and during rides too.

8/30/2007 12:21:54 AM

Stalls have fans & doors are designed for max air flow, horses come & go at will in stalls all day.

8/29/2007 11:41:07 PM

I'm in AZ desert; have a misting system, turn out at night. Water (well) body temp tho, not cold!

8/29/2007 11:34:35 PM

Our horses have access to shade 24/7, also rinse them off after a work out & limit riding to am & pm

8/29/2007 7:10:09 PM

I keep rainbird sprinklers running so they can cool themselves.

8/29/2007 3:53:04 PM

Water misters

8/29/2007 1:45:29 PM

House trained miniature horses stay in the house

8/29/2007 1:22:14 PM

IF possible do not feed during the hottest hours of the day that generates more heat.

8/29/2007 12:50:05 PM

outside 24/7 no matter the weather

8/29/2007 12:33:09 PM

We just enjoy the heat knowing it wont last;

8/29/2007 12:07:18 PM

Summer is "night-turn-out-t

8/29/2007 11:20:59 AM

There isn't any cold water in Texas during the summer!

8/29/2007 11:18:24 AM

All my horses have access to their stalls 24/7, they tend to put themselves inside if too hot.

8/29/2007 10:35:13 AM

Its hot in the desert @ 110 28 days a year along with 6 months of 100 degree weather plus. A good

8/29/2007 10:30:59 AM

IInstalled misting system at stall doors

8/29/2007 10:18:43 AM

Offering flavored water, and after hosing, tying the horse in the shade for half an hour or so.

8/29/2007 10:06:00 AM

Hosed amd Stalled during hottest part of the day if its really hot!

8/29/2007 9:58:50 AM

run water over roof of barn to drop temp 10 degrees

8/29/2007 9:29:30 AM

Hose w/luke warm water, bring in early, fans,extra bucket of water in stall

8/29/2007 9:23:15 AM

my horse has anhydrosis, it is not easy to keep him cool.

8/29/2007 9:19:01 AM

standing in shade with a little breeze is much better than confined to a stall

8/29/2007 9:18:11 AM

light misting with spraybottle in stall with fans

8/29/2007 9:13:24 AM

Misting systems is what we use here in South Florida...Drops temp. by at least 10 degrees...

8/29/2007 9:00:43 AM

Mistymate mister sytem in barn

8/29/2007 8:27:39 AM

Florida is hot !

8/29/2007 8:16:39 AM

sprinkler hose on barn roof

8/29/2007 7:52:09 AM

Small irrigation misters for plants placed high & in the shade for them to get under if they choose.

8/29/2007 7:33:17 AM

I live in Phoenix, AZ & we are used to the heat, but we don't train when it's hot

8/29/2007 3:49:50 AM

Have bore water - horses love playing in sprinklers

8/29/2007 2:32:41 AM

My filly tried to come in the house the other day, maybe she knows we have A.C.?

8/29/2007 1:59:29 AM

putting a reflective rug on during the day on dark horses

8/29/2007 1:42:45 AM

White fly sheet combo great for those hot days

8/29/2007 1:20:42 AM

We have had so many dry days here over 100 we put in a high velocity fan with a misting systerm.

8/29/2007 1:06:34 AM

misting system

8/29/2007 12:51:34 AM

hosing the area around the barn offers evaporative cooling

8/29/2007 12:33:33 AM

ride at night

8/29/2007 12:30:43 AM

my 1700 lb gelding gets IN the water tank (300 gal) and splashes, sometimes kills the fish

8/29/2007 12:05:06 AM

Turning on misting sytsem in barn

8/28/2007 11:29:08 PM

we put a sprinkler on a fence post, they gather.

8/28/2007 10:50:00 PM

I have one horse that lays in the creek to keep cool.

8/28/2007 10:50:00 PM

Mine spend nights out, days in the barn.

8/28/2007 10:46:24 PM

During Summer, horse is in during day, out at night.

8/28/2007 10:28:16 PM

ice chips

8/28/2007 10:11:59 PM

I have Arabs in FL. They are well suited for the weather.

8/28/2007 10:07:16 PM

If it is too hot to work horses - DON'T work horses!

8/28/2007 9:40:47 PM

I add electrolytes to their feed when the temps get extreme to encourage more water consumption.

8/28/2007 9:28:11 PM

battery operated stall fans

8/28/2007 9:19:19 PM

I use white cool cotton combo rugs as they reflect the heat away from my horses & keep flys off

8/28/2007 9:15:08 PM

I have an exhaust fan at the top of the barn, ceiling fans and individual stall fans on stall doors.

8/28/2007 9:13:55 PM

misters

8/28/2007 9:12:11 PM

hanging a hose as a mister

8/28/2007 8:47:20 PM

Shade and clean water

8/28/2007 8:40:51 PM

Also limiting riding and riding only at cool times of the day

8/28/2007 8:10:20 PM

I found small round sprinkler left on all day cools the air around it. Horses will stand in it.

8/28/2007 7:55:49 PM

We do all but 2 above and run a sprinkler for our girls

8/28/2007 7:16:45 PM

Would prefer to have high volume fans as well. He also likes to chew ice...

8/28/2007 7:00:33 PM

we live on the coast it's rarely above 85 degree

8/28/2007 6:17:52 PM

hosing with warm water not cold I think is a better from a thermal point of view for the horse

8/28/2007 6:13:52 PM

I put big ice chunks in their water

8/28/2007 6:02:04 PM

Our horses wait by the faucet for a hose down when it gets hot here in Oklahoma! It's funny!!

8/28/2007 5:57:53 PM

misters in the open air barn

8/28/2007 5:55:17 PM

both barns left open year round. 3 tanks with water runnung 24-7.

8/28/2007 5:46:40 PM

Make sure your horse has free access to salt!

8/28/2007 5:46:21 PM

We have shade everywhere and we live in a pretty cool climate - 95 is about as hot as it gets

8/28/2007 5:44:38 PM

I use a misting system on his corral cover.

8/28/2007 5:37:44 PM

My horses are all tough guys - they wouldn't go in a barn if it was available.

8/28/2007 5:35:28 PM

just hosed them off

8/28/2007 5:32:14 PM

as long as shade & plenty water available i don't believe horses are compromised no matter how hot

8/28/2007 5:13:15 PM

run a sprinkler in the pasture

8/28/2007 5:11:52 PM

Access to shelter, hosed often, fed in shade, ridden early am or late pm when cooler

8/28/2007 4:57:43 PM

This year I rigged up a fan in the run-in shed. The horses seemed to love it!

8/28/2007 4:50:54 PM

Fans and misters in the stalls, horses are free to come & go. No cold water in FL.!

8/28/2007 4:44:38 PM

Spray down barn isle, paddock and stall a couple of times a day and keep fan on.

8/28/2007 4:42:06 PM

misting sprinklers - my horses love to play in the sprinklers

8/28/2007 4:40:54 PM

sprinklers in the fields

8/28/2007 4:35:48 PM

Use cool wraps and supplement with One AC to encourage sweating

8/28/2007 4:30:23 PM

Pony Waterpark - set up sprinklers inside or outside your pastures. The horses will love the mist.

8/28/2007 4:25:40 PM

misting system in stalls

8/28/2007 4:17:10 PM

Keep a light sheet on a dark horse

8/28/2007 3:58:06 PM

Of course now that I've got a load of hay outside it should rain before I can get it in!

8/28/2007 3:56:49 PM

My horse LOVE when I set up a sprinkler in the paddock.

8/28/2007 3:49:18 PM

they also enjoy the pond

8/28/2007 3:43:49 PM

Just let them maintain peace and quiet.....no work, no stress!

8/28/2007 3:20:03 PM

run a sprinkler, Phoenix, AZ at 115 degrees

8/28/2007 3:18:59 PM

Putting a "mister" in a tree where the horse can get under.

8/28/2007 3:09:15 PM

They are miserable in the heat.

8/28/2007 3:03:11 PM

the horses that are kept in the pasture, we run lawn sprinklers during the day.

8/28/2007 2:59:59 PM

This spring, we surrounded our covered stalls with shade screen. It has made a great difference.

8/28/2007 2:56:58 PM

Hosing, fans and changing the tank water has been a nonstop routine lately. Cooler weather, plez.

8/28/2007 2:55:18 PM

Allowing them access to 240 acres of windy Kansas countryside with tons of trees.

8/28/2007 2:54:16 PM

I make apple juice popsicles

8/28/2007 2:52:01 PM

No work during heat of the day and liniment braces

8/28/2007 2:50:28 PM

Fresh water, shade, pond

8/28/2007 2:43:44 PM

We also have a misting fan in the paddock that they can stand under to cool off.

8/28/2007 2:33:52 PM

cold water can cause vasoconstriction and actually be more harmful...espically in heat stress

8/28/2007 2:33:06 PM

A combination, shade, water, fans, hosing down and when it reaches over 110 I give electrolytes

8/28/2007 2:31:34 PM

our horses are outside most of the time. They have woods to go into.

8/28/2007 2:27:52 PM

Adding green alcohol to your horse' bath is easy (and moderately cheap!) to help beat the heat.

8/28/2007 2:05:25 PM

Have balanced electrolyte solution available plus fresh water as drink alternatives for your horse.

8/28/2007 2:00:59 PM

turnon sprinklers in pastures

8/28/2007 1:58:14 PM

1 cup Vetrolin to 1 bucket water - sponge horse

8/28/2007 1:46:43 PM

Take him to the pub for Millar lite and let him use the swimming pool

8/28/2007 1:43:18 PM

The show horses are in the barn and the others have shelter in the field.

8/28/2007 1:42:19 PM

I have 2 overhead ceiling fans in the barn as well as those outside of their stalls.

8/28/2007 1:40:15 PM

have out-of-door mister in shaded area

8/28/2007 1:38:03 PM

Hose off, dry in front of fan, spray for flies, turn out at night.

8/28/2007 1:37:03 PM

just use common sence

8/28/2007 1:36:13 PM

planning to get fans for the barn also

8/28/2007 1:34:22 PM

i have two w/Anhidrosis - tehy are on One AC & an liquid Potassium supplement. the Potassium help!

8/28/2007 1:32:06 PM

Some stay in the barn that have fans, others outside have shade, fresh water, baths in the evening.

8/28/2007 1:30:13 PM

Free access to dams for swimming

8/28/2007 1:29:42 PM

plus access to fresh water

8/28/2007 1:29:37 PM

water mist system in stalls

8/28/2007 1:29:30 PM

Overhead fans and on their grilles in front of where they eat hay in stall

8/28/2007 1:24:17 PM

I change the water in the trough much more frequently in hotter weather.

8/28/2007 1:23:11 PM

Horses also have access to stalls as necessary day/night

8/28/2007 1:16:31 PM

Each on gets a "smoothie" : 3-4 cups of Gatoraid with 6-8 ice cubes( blender) before the pm meal

8/28/2007 1:14:19 PM

COOL WATER, HOSING TO GET OFF SWEAT, TREE SHADE AND RUN IN SHED

8/28/2007 1:13:38 PM

Cool water bran mash

8/28/2007 1:11:42 PM

put on the sprinklers- they stand in them

8/28/2007 1:02:02 PM

I live on the coast of No. Calif. so it is usually in the upper 60's or low 70's.

8/28/2007 1:00:55 PM

In the desert we do everything we can think of short of bringing them into the house!

8/28/2007 12:58:32 PM

every stalled horse has his own pedestal fan outside of his stall out of reach -all plugs are pulled

8/28/2007 12:50:46 PM

In the usually dry heat of Tucson, the best way to keep them cool is to turn on the misters.

8/28/2007 12:42:08 PM

Up during the day in open, well-ventilated barn.

8/28/2007 12:34:17 PM

a mister, shade, and hosing off

8/28/2007 12:32:01 PM

Plenty of water, but not COLD water to drink or for hosing.

8/28/2007 12:31:04 PM

Not a problem in my area

8/28/2007 12:29:52 PM

spritz w/a 80/20 mix of water/witchhazel mixture and a several drops of pepermint oil

8/28/2007 12:21:42 PM

Don't ride in the heat of the day

8/28/2007 12:20:12 PM

My Clydesdales drink up to 30 gallons/water/day individually in the extreme heat!

8/28/2007 12:19:35 PM

Make a misting attachmet for a fan out of mister parts, pvc pipe and hose fitting.

8/28/2007 12:16:05 PM

Don't ride if too hot - she doesn't handle the heat well

8/28/2007 12:14:14 PM

Making sure under the sade the ground stays damp, plus breeze = cooler

8/28/2007 12:11:13 PM

frozen treats like applesauce cups and fruit cups

8/28/2007 12:11:05 PM

He's a lucky boy with a 2 stall open barn to get in out of the Florida heat.

8/28/2007 12:08:00 PM

I will also hose down, which they love when it is really hot out.

8/28/2007 12:07:01 PM

We are lucky enought to have an 11 acre lake that they will also cool down in and roll in sand.

8/28/2007 12:06:45 PM

feed beet pulp soaked in cold water w/ electrolytes added

8/28/2007 11:58:32 AM

Use electrolytes depending on individual horse's needs

8/28/2007 11:57:11 AM

In AR I keep my horses in the yard. Pastures dry. I keep the sprinklers on too for them to cool down

8/28/2007 11:57:02 AM

Our horses have shade under trees and in a run-in shed

8/28/2007 11:55:21 AM

let the water trough slightly overflow

8/28/2007 11:53:34 AM

We also use 'misters' purchased at the local hardware store.

8/28/2007 11:48:34 AM

Bathe with Vetrolin..It has a cooling effect & removes dirt & oils which clog pores.

8/28/2007 10:55:28 AM

Intratumotal Chemotherapy

8/28/2007 8:58:41 AM

jurga

8/28/2007 8:43:06 AM

use all except alcohol rubs

8/28/2007 8:16:13 AM