Hot Enough for Ya?

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

Hosing with cool water
Running fans in the barn
Providing shade in the pasture (trees, run-in shed, etc.)
Stalling him/her during the daytime
Providing cool water for drinking
Applying alcohol rubs

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


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


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


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


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


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


8/28/2007 8:43:06 AM

use all except alcohol rubs

8/28/2007 8:16:13 AM