What precautions do you take during hot weather when riding your horse?
(Select all that apply)

Offer unlimited water
Offer electrolytes
Provide shade/shelter
Decrease the amount of work
Leave the horses inside

Total votes cast: 3254

Comments & Write-in Answers

cold hose

7/12/2010 5:59:30 PM

I find that suspended carpet-drying fans provide the greatest blast of air. My horses love theirs!

7/12/2010 5:57:40 PM

I give the horses a liniment bath afterwards

7/12/2010 4:19:59 PM

Compare comfort levels in barn and where horses hang out. Where would you rather be?

7/12/2010 4:08:51 PM

I use a misting system in my mare motel and the horse's love it! They can come and go as they choose

7/12/2010 4:02:28 PM

careful work progam with lots of showers, fans and covered arena

7/12/2010 3:56:02 PM

Turn the horses out from 7:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.

7/12/2010 3:11:53 PM

work the horses in the evening

7/12/2010 2:49:59 PM

just plain ride less often; i don't tolerate heat well

7/12/2010 2:45:34 PM

Florida is a bake oven in summer, so I ride early in the morning or I don't ride at all.

7/12/2010 2:15:16 PM

My horse loves a cool hosing when it's miserably hot and humid. Be sure to remove the extra water.

7/12/2010 10:06:36 AM

work during the coolest hours of day with attention to cooling down, including a shower.

7/12/2010 8:50:41 AM

We ride at 6 AM or after 6:30 PM to keep cool.

7/12/2010 4:05:48 AM

ride early in the morning, watch for signs of heat stress. hose down and scrape off if body temp ii

7/11/2010 11:53:23 PM

How do you leave horses inside if you are riding them?

7/11/2010 9:26:01 PM

Walk to beach and swim

7/11/2010 5:39:25 PM

We cold hose the legs, neck and chest before and after riding. The evaportion helps cool the horse.

7/11/2010 10:29:47 AM

Don't ride when it is too hot or humid. One old horse, one too fat horse.

7/10/2010 2:40:57 PM

Ride early or late -no riding between 1100-1500

7/10/2010 10:14:08 AM

Hose the horse down before and after working.

7/10/2010 8:03:29 AM

I put a fan inside the trailer and one horse likes to stand in an impulse sprinkler

7/10/2010 1:20:43 AM

Don't ride if over 85 and high dew point

7/9/2010 6:19:14 PM

night turnout

7/9/2010 6:03:45 PM

Water. Lots of water and as much shade as possible.

7/9/2010 4:12:06 PM

cool water hosing

7/9/2010 2:16:34 PM


7/9/2010 2:13:59 PM

Free choice pasture, salt, water and shelter

7/9/2010 2:07:50 PM

Dont ride them when it's hot!

7/9/2010 1:35:27 PM

I ride my horses in the early morning because it is not as hot as it would be later.

7/9/2010 12:27:33 PM

run water on them to cool them off

7/9/2010 10:14:43 AM

Cold water hosing, they love it!

7/9/2010 8:58:57 AM

I live in FL where summers are naturally hot and horses are ready for it.

7/9/2010 8:08:40 AM

cool baths

7/9/2010 12:54:30 AM

Access to stall 24/7, with fans, unlimited water, salt blox and electrolytes to those uner saddle.

7/9/2010 12:28:39 AM

Misters in stalls & small buckets with water & 1/2 cup apple juice.

7/8/2010 11:12:26 PM

I also hose horses off and have mineral salt block in addition to feeding nutrena lite balance .

7/8/2010 10:42:23 PM

don't ride in this heat. I also mist them down with cool water

7/8/2010 8:56:27 PM

bathing with cool water later in the day

7/8/2010 7:21:45 PM

all of the above if necessary

7/8/2010 7:12:02 PM

cool shower and scrape

7/8/2010 6:09:06 PM

Use Kool Koats to help reflect sunlight.

7/8/2010 5:50:06 PM

Hose to cool

7/8/2010 5:15:09 PM

My Clydesdales prefer snow,not hot weather-all get electrolytes and I watch for overheating

7/8/2010 4:24:05 PM

Pony has option of being in or out according to her preference.

7/8/2010 3:13:47 PM

I only ride in the early morning hours and I hose them in the afternoons.

7/8/2010 3:13:39 PM

and frequent hosings, and excellent fly control.

7/8/2010 3:07:04 PM

I don't ride

7/8/2010 3:06:20 PM

A good cool hosing is enjoyed by my horse and myself

7/8/2010 3:03:40 PM


7/8/2010 1:27:49 PM

Hose Down with cool water

7/8/2010 11:27:59 AM

I put shade cloth on barn doors to enable air movement and less heat in the barn

7/8/2010 11:06:59 AM

if you are not giving electrolites, always have salt in stall/pasture

7/8/2010 11:05:49 AM

Really want to read your newsletter but can't when the advertisements keep moving and popping around

7/8/2010 10:35:04 AM

Hose them often

7/8/2010 10:05:26 AM

Nice cool bath; spray down barn aisleway

7/8/2010 9:08:15 AM

Hot weather = minimal riding

7/8/2010 8:41:51 AM

I don't ride when it is over 90 and humid.

7/8/2010 8:17:01 AM

When riding we take trails that are shaded and that provide water along the trail

7/8/2010 8:08:56 AM

work in the early morning (eg 6:30 am)

7/8/2010 1:04:57 AM

electrolyte cookies- www.de-lytebites.com

7/8/2010 12:45:12 AM

Lots of breaks. A good brushing/hose off after working.

7/7/2010 11:52:40 PM

hosing off when profusely perspiring

7/7/2010 11:43:56 PM

Ride in morning or evening when cooler

7/7/2010 10:53:41 PM

Misters above each stall

7/7/2010 9:35:12 PM

Limit work to morning and evening hours as much as possible.

7/7/2010 9:19:34 PM

I get up early in the morning so I can ride before the temps get too hot!

7/7/2010 9:03:21 PM

My black mare has a very thick mane. I braid it to keep her neck cooler.

7/7/2010 8:22:37 PM

hose and scrape sweat off

7/7/2010 7:20:28 PM

ride at sunrise

7/7/2010 7:14:03 PM

We really limit our riding and add the actual temps & feel like temps for a good guage

7/7/2010 6:58:01 PM

decrease the amounts of carbs being fed

7/7/2010 6:49:39 PM

Turn water sprinkler on, horse stands in the mist.

7/7/2010 5:35:29 PM

Ride early if at all--heat is hard on him!

7/7/2010 5:30:31 PM

One AC and Wheat Germ for my Anhidrotic 18 yr old Thoroughbred.

7/7/2010 5:10:47 PM

give them a bath

7/7/2010 5:08:44 PM

Add electrolytes to grain and wet all grain given

7/7/2010 4:35:52 PM

also give them sponge baths when the humidity is very high

7/7/2010 4:25:05 PM

Hosing with water

7/7/2010 3:57:14 PM

i do all of the above

7/7/2010 3:49:58 PM

Spray with cool water.

7/7/2010 3:42:10 PM

just started turn out at night when it is cooler

7/7/2010 3:39:36 PM

hose off the horses every time they are worked, or when they are really swety, and let them roll

7/7/2010 3:32:02 PM

fly spray, fly sheets & masks

7/7/2010 2:59:41 PM

hosing before and after the work out

7/7/2010 2:48:08 PM

do not overheat horse and spray legs with water after workout to push heat out of thru their back

7/7/2010 2:23:20 PM

moistened beet pulp & moistened alfalfa cubes

7/7/2010 2:13:20 PM

before riding, after tacking up, I hose or sponge my horses chest, stomach and between hindlegs.

7/7/2010 1:48:51 PM

do not ride in hottest part of the day

7/7/2010 1:03:16 PM

work early AM

7/7/2010 11:53:18 AM

ride early or don't ride

7/7/2010 11:31:25 AM

Free choice salt/minerals & administer 1/2 tube prior to work and more only if necessary

7/7/2010 11:30:36 AM

longer cool down session and a nice cold bath!

7/7/2010 10:50:52 AM

Rule of thumb-if it's too hot for mw.it's too hot for my 23 yr.old mare

7/7/2010 10:20:45 AM

after workout we will hose dwon and then apply rubbing alcohol

7/7/2010 10:13:29 AM

wet down with water to cool off

7/7/2010 10:05:18 AM

give them a nice sponge bath after a workout and walk them they are dry.

7/7/2010 9:33:11 AM

If I have to ride then I make sure we get lots of breaks and water the horses chest and neck

7/7/2010 9:24:03 AM

Ride early in the morning.

7/7/2010 9:08:53 AM

horses can go in and out of stall at will, hose horses down, then scrape off water

7/7/2010 9:02:10 AM

hose, hose,hose

7/7/2010 8:58:28 AM

All of the above

7/7/2010 8:32:25 AM

ride in morning or evening when it is cooler.

7/7/2010 8:12:09 AM

Work horses in the evening.

7/7/2010 7:48:07 AM

hose them off as necessary

7/7/2010 7:05:14 AM

We don't ride, in/out stalls & fresh water a must

7/7/2010 6:54:37 AM

I usually shower them when i bring them in from the field to cool and refresh them

7/7/2010 2:58:43 AM

Sponge down with rubbing alcohol and water.

7/7/2010 1:47:11 AM

afternoon water showers, misting, fly control to decrease need for constant movement. Outdoor shade

7/7/2010 1:21:32 AM

Either ride earlier in the day or later in the day when cooler.

7/7/2010 1:20:43 AM

Also supply a misting system in desert sw when the nights do not cool down

7/7/2010 1:16:47 AM

AZ - full covers over open corrals, hose off sweat, misting system, use barrels, not auto waterers

7/7/2010 1:14:18 AM

When riding, ride early and ride where there are water crossings to cool off.

7/7/2010 12:40:43 AM

Ride in the cooler parts of the day

7/7/2010 12:36:19 AM

I don't ride if temp plus humidity is over 180. Ride with caution if over 140. Also no neoprene pads

7/7/2010 12:10:07 AM

water sprinkler in the pasture

7/6/2010 11:57:02 PM

Drink, shade & hose them off once in a while. Sprinklers in the pasture work great!

7/6/2010 11:19:54 PM

let them play in the water with you holding the hose , then take them to shade and a fan is great ,

7/6/2010 10:46:22 PM

work early morning before it really heats up

7/6/2010 10:44:40 PM

I don't ride due to a lame horse that I adore. We squirt the horses off with a spray bottle

7/6/2010 10:42:20 PM

I watch the horses carefully and see where they feel the most comfortable.

7/6/2010 10:32:38 PM

Make the pond available! Swim!

7/6/2010 10:12:05 PM

Work in early morning or later evening rather than during the worst heat. Turn out at night.

7/6/2010 10:02:07 PM

lotsw of water, electrolytes, shade, fans, & hosing off till cool after work

7/6/2010 9:59:14 PM

Ride during cooler A.M.

7/6/2010 9:21:35 PM

turn out at night, turn out early and bring in by noon

7/6/2010 9:16:27 PM

I don't ride when it is hot.. Only ride early morning or late evenings

7/6/2010 9:06:51 PM

night turn out, ride in morning or night

7/6/2010 8:48:45 PM

We have misters in the barn which reduces the temp by at least 10 degrees

7/6/2010 8:47:36 PM

work in the cooler morning hours

7/6/2010 8:39:23 PM

Ride at night when its cooler.

7/6/2010 8:37:51 PM

Ride in cool of morn or eve. Horses choose in/out during day,in at night so no overeating & bugs.

7/6/2010 8:25:25 PM

hosing off after riding

7/6/2010 8:21:06 PM

Not a problem where we live--few days in 80's max.

7/6/2010 8:15:08 PM

ride early or late in day, don't ride as hard.

7/6/2010 8:12:32 PM

We live in Florida and don't ride in the worse part of the summer. It is too hot and too humid.

7/6/2010 7:58:40 PM

Alcolhol rubs if trailering in the heat & my horses love to be sprayed w/water.

7/6/2010 7:45:41 PM

I ride early in the morning or near dusk.

7/6/2010 7:43:03 PM

When I do trail ride, I carry a sponge on a rope to cool them off.

7/6/2010 7:37:07 PM

Sponge horse with cool water after a ride

7/6/2010 7:20:02 PM

After every ride my horses are rinsed down with cool water.

7/6/2010 7:09:43 PM


7/6/2010 7:07:29 PM

After working horses we like to give them a small bath in a small pond . Some horses will even start

7/6/2010 6:49:35 PM

Sponging with water while riding.

7/6/2010 6:42:34 PM

I live in South Fl- all horses on 1AC and electrolytes, we try to limit turnout and amount of riding

7/6/2010 6:40:23 PM

Ride in the early morning

7/6/2010 6:35:01 PM

I always hose my horse off after riding.

7/6/2010 6:18:50 PM

Hose them when they are hot

7/6/2010 6:16:15 PM

Clean drinking water always available.

7/6/2010 6:15:15 PM

Our horses want to be in with fans on and ice in their water

7/6/2010 6:04:24 PM

If I'm too hot wearing a helmet and safety vest, its too hot for the horse; we don't ride

7/6/2010 6:02:03 PM

Prior to stalling, hose down, refill buckets mid day.

7/6/2010 5:47:08 PM

Don't ride during midday.

7/6/2010 5:40:35 PM

sponge water over poll when riding

7/6/2010 5:30:41 PM

Giving them a cool bath

7/6/2010 5:30:34 PM

hose her off

7/6/2010 5:29:57 PM

Frequent rest breaks while training/riding

7/6/2010 5:28:49 PM

Cllip, fly spray, mask & fly sheet. Ride am or pm.

7/6/2010 5:18:37 PM

AZ-We spray down each horse at night to cool and clean-keeps flies down, ride at night

7/6/2010 5:11:21 PM

Pasture in the early part of day in front of the fan the rest of the day.

7/6/2010 5:07:28 PM

Lots of cold water showers

7/6/2010 4:52:24 PM

I ride early in the day to beat the heat

7/6/2010 4:51:41 PM

Shorter work, longer cool-down, in the barn with fans during the day, out at night, fresh water 24/7

7/6/2010 4:48:32 PM

Offer them a drink after every class at a show, cool them off with a bath afterwards

7/6/2010 4:42:49 PM

I ride about 1 hr./day. Then hose her down good, scrape off water and then dry her off with a BIG t

7/6/2010 4:42:26 PM

Ride early in the morning when it's still cool.

7/6/2010 4:41:16 PM

Go riding at dawn for a few horses. The horses are ranch horses and run loose at all times with tree

7/6/2010 4:33:57 PM

ride very early or late in the day, make sure they are conditioned for the level expected of them

7/6/2010 4:30:05 PM

We not only use fans directly on the horse, we use them to pull air down the hallways & in windows

7/6/2010 4:25:58 PM

Hose with cool water and stand in front of fan after exercise

7/6/2010 4:22:33 PM

S. FL is hot & humid! I start Amono-3 BEFORE they show annihydrosis stress. I hose during rides.

7/6/2010 4:21:25 PM

Dampen the horse down on neck and quarters before the ride

7/6/2010 4:20:38 PM

ride earlier in the day; done by 9 am

7/6/2010 4:19:50 PM

If it's too hot, I don't ride. I also supplement with 1AC during the summer.

7/6/2010 4:18:28 PM

Ride early or late

7/6/2010 4:16:54 PM

Hose him down

7/6/2010 4:12:32 PM

Avoid riding the hottest time of the day, 1-6PM

7/6/2010 4:08:32 PM

Cool w/ water hose before and after workout

7/6/2010 4:04:47 PM

ride early; hose off in heat.

7/6/2010 4:04:18 PM

Ride later in the evening or earlier in the morning

7/6/2010 4:03:17 PM

showers for the ponies too!

7/6/2010 4:01:37 PM

it's way too hot in the east to do anything but keep a horse as comfortable as possible

7/6/2010 3:57:57 PM

Lots of cool showers and then scrape them so they cool off!

7/6/2010 3:49:17 PM

ride early/late in day

7/6/2010 3:47:53 PM

Ride early in the morning or later towards evening when the temperatures are decreased

7/6/2010 3:47:27 PM

morning hose down after night turn out on the way in for the day

7/6/2010 3:46:58 PM

Cool baths after riding

7/6/2010 3:44:47 PM

ride in the a.m.'s

7/6/2010 3:41:07 PM

Hosing with cool water as needed

7/6/2010 3:40:59 PM

ride early morning or late evening

7/6/2010 3:37:42 PM

Use common sense, pay close attention to their behaviors and have an ample supply of LL Gatorade

7/6/2010 3:36:24 PM

Set up a mister outside by the gate - bathe with cool water frequently

7/6/2010 3:35:55 PM

I just found out that my horse actually loves 'Propel' by Gatorade.

7/6/2010 3:33:26 PM

Before riding,I hose off the horses completely. This cools them and delays sweating.

7/6/2010 3:32:27 PM

A mist sprayer is a wonderful remedy for the heat!

7/6/2010 3:32:09 PM

A mist sprayer is a wonderful remedy for the heat!

7/6/2010 3:31:45 PM

A mist sprayer is a wonderful remedy for the heat!

7/6/2010 3:31:13 PM

We hose them down.......they love seeing the hose pulled out!

7/6/2010 3:30:36 PM

Sunscreen on my white nosed horses.

7/6/2010 3:24:52 PM

only ride early am or late pm, when it's cool.

7/6/2010 3:23:14 PM

hose them off as needed

7/6/2010 3:22:11 PM

ride early or late;wet chest/neck before riding

7/6/2010 3:17:47 PM

I ride in early am or late pm to avoid the heat.

7/6/2010 3:15:07 PM

Do not ride if high heat

7/6/2010 3:12:47 PM

Rinse them under the hose

7/6/2010 3:12:12 PM

They have fans and shade always available but can choose to go in or out.

7/6/2010 3:11:02 PM

ride in covered arena - cooler in the shade

7/6/2010 3:05:21 PM

add more loose salt to his feed, sponge them with water during work.

7/6/2010 3:02:40 PM

Ride real early in the morning, or real late at night.

7/6/2010 3:01:38 PM

periodically hose them off

7/6/2010 2:51:39 PM

don't ride in extremely hot weather

7/6/2010 2:51:29 PM

Take lots of breaks.

7/6/2010 2:46:04 PM

AC One

7/6/2010 2:45:28 PM

We add electrolytes to feed when still riding. If horses are pastured they have salt/mineral blocks.

7/6/2010 2:39:18 PM

The Georgia heat prevents riding in the summer

7/6/2010 1:05:09 PM

All of the above.

7/6/2010 11:16:02 AM

All of the above

7/6/2010 10:17:12 AM

"Select all that apply" doesn't work. All of the above strategies are used.

7/6/2010 10:08:41 AM