Too Hot To Handle?

How are you helping your horses manage the heat?
(Select all that apply)

Having fans on in the barn
Turning them out at night when it's cooler
Providing more access to more water than usual
Less strenuous exercise
Adding salt and/or electrolytes to their diet
Daily baths
Other (please explain below)

Total votes cast: 3029

Comments & Write-in Answers

move the outside water tanks into the shade so the water doesn't get so warm.

8/1/2011 11:03:08 PM

have a big run thru shed if they like to stay inside.

8/1/2011 10:19:50 PM

only work in very early morning when it is still cool

8/1/2011 9:53:30 PM

in texas panhandle, even my rescues are doing fine. desertlike humidity helps

8/1/2011 9:02:41 PM

Cool carrots and apples and bathes every few days. Water in shade and topped off everyday.

8/1/2011 8:41:36 PM

pasture horses with pond to play in

8/1/2011 7:53:27 PM

freeze water in liter soda bottles, drop in trough, remove & refreeze as needed/keeps water cool.

8/1/2011 6:54:46 PM

I feed then watermelons rinds and pears which are said to help cool the horse in Chinese veterinary

8/1/2011 6:51:32 PM

free turnout with shade trees & water, also installed a 12 volt fan in the trailer

8/1/2011 6:49:47 PM

I let my horses have a choice of spending the hot parts of the day inside my small indoor arena.

8/1/2011 6:41:52 PM

Free choice minerals which includes salt

8/1/2011 6:40:16 PM

Riding in the evening when the sun starts to go down

8/1/2011 6:35:41 PM

No extra exercise

8/1/2011 6:23:54 PM

Dwarf mini needs the fan on him day and night as we are humid.

8/1/2011 6:23:47 PM

seedless grapes & carrots and i put up a mister, water down hay

8/1/2011 6:20:09 PM

What heat? It's August and almost never warmer than 62F so far this "summer".

8/1/2011 6:09:05 PM

Sprayed sealant on barn ceiling to reduce heat

8/1/2011 5:53:02 PM

I hose off the horses as they come into their stalls under their stall fans, creating "equine AC"!

8/1/2011 5:51:35 PM

ride only in the morning

8/1/2011 5:50:05 PM

cold hosing as needed

8/1/2011 5:42:38 PM

Free range in pasture with shade and pond. My horses get in the pond and play to cool off.

8/1/2011 5:40:46 PM

MIsting system, 15 foot roof, sun shades on stall.

8/1/2011 5:37:08 PM

Free access to shade and outdoors during the daytime as well.

8/1/2011 5:25:13 PM

Provide 2 shelters. If real hot they're brought into a stone stable barn (very cool)

8/1/2011 5:12:35 PM

Bring out to graze in the shade.

8/1/2011 5:07:24 PM

misters (we are in a dry climate). ice blocks with carrots/apples

8/1/2011 4:55:10 PM

Using One A/C

8/1/2011 4:50:07 PM

Sponge on dilute isopropyl alcohol on neck, chest and between hind legs.

8/1/2011 4:48:52 PM

We put them in different turnouts with more shade than the regular grass paddocks.

8/1/2011 4:31:29 PM

I hose mine off when I bring him in if he needs it. he's out 24/7.

8/1/2011 4:29:24 PM

Drought diet. Lower protein/fiber, raise fat/carbs. Lowers gas production, slows digestion process.

8/1/2011 4:29:03 PM

Hosing off with no soap, at the end of the day so they dry and are comfortable overnight.

8/1/2011 4:25:48 PM

I've been feeding a supplement made by Total Health Enhancements called THE Daily Edge.

8/1/2011 4:10:10 PM

Making sure they have their fly masks and fly leg wraps on-heat seems to intensify the bugs!

8/1/2011 4:04:48 PM


8/1/2011 4:02:37 PM

Soak down before riding

8/1/2011 4:02:06 PM

wetting the ground in their loafing barn so their feet stay cooler and therefore help keep them cool

8/1/2011 3:55:27 PM

Shade w/misters, white fly sheet

8/1/2011 3:54:11 PM

Shade for the horses that want to use it. I Borrego Springs the temp get up to 120 in mid summer.

8/1/2011 3:48:32 PM

6AM riding and swimming in the pond when out trail riding

8/1/2011 3:41:40 PM

Putting a troph in the shade or in the barn so that water stays cooler longer

8/1/2011 3:34:28 PM

We set up an sprinkler or the yard, so they can get wet at will

8/1/2011 12:44:51 PM


8/1/2011 12:23:38 PM

spraying with a hose

8/1/2011 11:55:51 AM

24 hour turnout, free access to salt/mineral, refresh water with cooler water

8/1/2011 10:23:00 AM

wetting down horses before and during exersize

8/1/2011 6:33:48 AM

hosing down, fly spray, SPF 50 on pink noses and faces

7/31/2011 8:58:02 PM

It is too hot and humid to ride! No buckle or win is worth the risk to my horses!!! Wailing for cool

7/31/2011 5:55:34 PM

The above & usual flymasks, sheet, flywraps & spray with sunscreen on noses.

7/31/2011 3:43:16 PM

natural cooling liniment

7/31/2011 2:54:53 PM


7/31/2011 2:29:24 PM

Cool hosing when sweating is observed

7/31/2011 1:01:01 PM

Hosing them off everyday and making sure they're properly cooled after riding.

7/31/2011 8:46:20 AM

white scrim sheets when outside, riding in the cool woods, riding at 7 a.m.

7/31/2011 1:20:57 AM

I occasionally buy a bag of ice and add it to the water bucket or trough.

7/30/2011 9:36:11 PM

leaving them in stalls that are mostly stone to keep the cool air in

7/30/2011 10:02:03 AM

Our horses are turned out 24/7 but have access to stalls with fans on motion sensors

7/30/2011 8:49:37 AM

sprinkler in the field

7/30/2011 8:23:12 AM

all of the above

7/30/2011 7:49:55 AM

Fly predators to reduce flies, spray water on aisle

7/29/2011 9:50:41 PM

Exercising early in the morning, when the temperatures are cooler.

7/29/2011 6:44:11 PM

misters and sprinklers

7/29/2011 5:51:53 PM

Ride in the early morning or cooler evening.

7/29/2011 3:16:31 PM

run an exhaust fan during the hottest time and water down the roof

7/29/2011 2:19:00 PM

earlier turnout and turnin

7/29/2011 10:32:34 AM

misters in barn

7/29/2011 8:47:13 AM

they have free choice loose minerals available at all times and fresh water (spring)

7/29/2011 7:38:20 AM

We are fortunate enough to live in a cool area near the ocean on the Ca coast... few truly hot days

7/29/2011 3:39:20 AM

A little sea salt couple times a week, & 1/2 c. Gatorade

7/29/2011 2:56:20 AM

access to a pond

7/29/2011 2:11:35 AM

They get to roam freely on my property so they can pick the shade if they want to. I feed them when

7/29/2011 12:06:18 AM

misters by stalls

7/28/2011 10:06:46 PM

Turn on the sprinkler

7/28/2011 9:24:09 PM

whenever it's over 100 (& it does here!) I turn on sprinklers they have access to run in! They do!

7/28/2011 8:41:01 PM

Oh, the bitter sweet of a Florida summer!

7/28/2011 4:42:05 PM

Soaking hay to provide more fluids. Braiding long manes to help w/ heat dissipation.

7/28/2011 4:33:46 PM

Only ride early in the morning or in the evening.

7/28/2011 4:27:11 PM

Refreshing their water troughs regularly so they don't have to drink hot water

7/28/2011 3:31:08 PM

I leave a lawn fan type sprinkler on, the horses happily stand under it, but I have a great well

7/28/2011 3:28:43 PM

I leave them out, large pasture w/plenty of shade. Allow them free access to NaCl and mineral block

7/28/2011 3:20:38 PM

I ride in the evening when there is shade in the outdoor arena and hose the sweat off to cool.

7/28/2011 1:11:46 PM

adding a misting plate to the fans to keep the air cool

7/28/2011 12:52:10 PM

I do not give extra baths in high humidity. The water can not evaporate & heats up over 100 degrees

7/28/2011 11:44:23 AM

Dropping blocks of ice into their water tanks a couple times per day to keep the water cooler

7/28/2011 10:51:51 AM

Working in the cooler hours of the morning.

7/28/2011 8:53:12 AM

keeping them out of the intense sun

7/28/2011 8:27:26 AM

Leaving them out 24/7 in a pasture with trees for shade.

7/28/2011 8:04:48 AM

Heat? What heat? Send some my way; it's been raining all spring & summer. =(

7/28/2011 2:43:51 AM

hosing/misting with hose

7/27/2011 10:36:23 PM

pour ice cubes in the water buckets, they love this!

7/27/2011 10:01:17 PM

Cold hosing extremities.

7/27/2011 9:49:23 PM

misters in the barns

7/27/2011 9:46:27 PM

The fan has a mister on it

7/27/2011 8:36:15 PM

Using water misters

7/27/2011 7:33:02 PM

A cool sponge down with water and a little rubbing alcohol

7/27/2011 7:19:17 PM

hose the horse down

7/27/2011 6:26:33 PM

Riding earlier in the day

7/27/2011 6:03:40 PM

daily hose off in coo lwater

7/27/2011 3:13:50 PM

Shade for dry lot horses

7/27/2011 3:10:23 PM

Other than baths already provide all points in list. Do cut back duration of workouts.

7/27/2011 2:45:48 PM

riding early in the AM

7/27/2011 2:25:11 PM

free choice minerals and salt block 24/7

7/27/2011 2:12:32 PM

misting inside and outside on shade structure

7/27/2011 12:51:07 PM

In barn when hot, get showers cold showers when needed, turned out very early in day

7/27/2011 12:34:02 PM

We put a swamp cooler in the barn a few years ago - makes all the difference!

7/27/2011 12:22:13 PM

Shade screens & mist

7/27/2011 12:02:51 PM

Turn out that includes heavly shaded area and pond they can walk into.

7/27/2011 11:24:16 AM

The horses come running when they see the hose!

7/27/2011 11:13:08 AM

Misting on a timer

7/27/2011 10:58:32 AM

leaving irrigation guns on in pasture so they can graze under them

7/27/2011 10:55:35 AM

hosing in cool water

7/27/2011 10:51:22 AM

Use walk-in-the-water pool to exersize in hottest time of the day

7/27/2011 10:40:01 AM

leave a sprinkler on in the field

7/27/2011 10:27:24 AM

Ride in the evening, cool sponge bath as needed.

7/27/2011 9:40:13 AM

adding a mister to their fans

7/27/2011 9:23:53 AM

not riding them at all if the temps are over 86.

7/27/2011 9:13:57 AM

Every AM/PM I drop a huge ice cube in the water trough - plastic planter containers!

7/27/2011 9:02:52 AM

I keep the horses in during the hottest part of the day... from 11:30 a.m till either 4 or 5

7/27/2011 7:34:26 AM

exercise early morning/lste afternoon when its cooler

7/27/2011 6:01:49 AM

Ensuring shade, with ventilation

7/27/2011 1:21:12 AM

I mix crushed ice with my horses ration balancer and hay pellets.

7/26/2011 11:42:48 PM

All the above.

7/26/2011 11:37:14 PM

We spray them with water once daily.

7/26/2011 11:24:42 PM

turned out early AM & late PM, use fly masks when outside!

7/26/2011 11:06:16 PM

Running cold water over the top of their heads is the quickest way to cool them down. T

7/26/2011 10:47:09 PM

Misters are set up above the center of each stall and they run when the temp is over 90 degrees.

7/26/2011 10:40:37 PM

Cold hosing them a couple times a day, salt block, several water sources, shady pasture when HOT

7/26/2011 10:25:15 PM

24 hr turnout. Shade trees and pond in pasture. Water trough in barn. Free access salt.

7/26/2011 10:16:53 PM

Leaving them out of the barn 24/7.

7/26/2011 10:13:24 PM

Rainbird on a stand that I position to spray in my mare motel. l

7/26/2011 9:56:32 PM

change water in pm so cooler water is available

7/26/2011 9:50:51 PM

rinse down after riding

7/26/2011 9:09:52 PM

We're fine here in NO CA

7/26/2011 8:57:33 PM

adjust riding times (early morning)

7/26/2011 8:53:40 PM

cooling with water often

7/26/2011 8:31:01 PM

barn mrg added misters to shaded part of corrals and turns on during the hottest part of the day

7/26/2011 7:39:37 PM

Beet pulp with lots of water..little to no grain.

7/26/2011 7:34:46 PM

having access to mist water in paddocks

7/26/2011 7:28:22 PM

pasture 24/7, no work, access to the breezeway to the barn,mineral blocks, baths 3x a week.

7/26/2011 7:05:10 PM

I installed misters in my stables. They love it!

7/26/2011 6:54:15 PM

Trail riding only when the temp is in the 80's

7/26/2011 6:50:21 PM

wetting feed and hay

7/26/2011 6:37:49 PM

Keeping them out of the sun, under shade.

7/26/2011 6:36:00 PM

I work my horses before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

7/26/2011 6:03:38 PM


7/26/2011 5:43:14 PM

fans, towel baths, and less strenuous exercise, indoor arena w/fan turn-out

7/26/2011 5:40:36 PM

We have a misting system in the ceiling - also do very early morning turn-outs, no rides in AZ heat!

7/26/2011 5:34:32 PM

Hose them down

7/26/2011 5:20:53 PM

provide mineral/salt blocks in all pastures

7/26/2011 5:09:54 PM

Gatorade to replace lost electrolytes!

7/26/2011 5:09:38 PM

We have misters in the barn. Keeps them much cooler and us too when we are working in there.

7/26/2011 5:02:48 PM

open barn with access to shade, fans, water etc.

7/26/2011 5:01:37 PM

A cooling shower for the horse and myself before riding .

7/26/2011 4:59:05 PM

always have free choice salt regardless

7/26/2011 4:57:55 PM

Not hot where I live (76 high for year so far)

7/26/2011 4:56:06 PM

scaping off excessive sweat

7/26/2011 4:41:25 PM

Use common sense. Don't gage a horse's tolerance to heat by the way you feel. A horse feels hotter t

7/26/2011 4:40:43 PM

Tied a soaker hose to the top of the fence for those who don't get to come in the barn and turn on.

7/26/2011 4:27:18 PM

It's Not hot in Washington State!

7/26/2011 4:26:46 PM

Ride early in the morning

7/26/2011 4:16:57 PM

In Tucson AZ: pipe pen with shade, plenty of water

7/26/2011 4:13:18 PM

adjust the work to the weather, as well as working outside the "ring desert

7/26/2011 4:06:32 PM


7/26/2011 4:06:19 PM

Work my horses pre sunrise!

7/26/2011 4:05:18 PM

put them out at dawn, they tell me when they want to come in by standing by the gate

7/26/2011 3:56:49 PM

fans, misters, and plenty of shade are standard for my horses here in Arizona

7/26/2011 3:56:14 PM

Soaked beet pulp, refrigerated before serving

7/26/2011 3:56:03 PM

The horses are provided with a horse port which is open on all four sides and covered.

7/26/2011 3:54:58 PM

One horse a problem with heat (impaction colic). Soaking hay, per vet, to get extra moisture

7/26/2011 3:51:57 PM

Riding early in the morning

7/26/2011 3:44:44 PM

their whole area is very shaded, they are turned out all the time

7/26/2011 3:40:47 PM

Horse with anhidrosis - cold hosing and fan

7/26/2011 3:34:03 PM

I let mine be wherever they want to be in the pasture or stall.

7/26/2011 3:33:03 PM

Horses in the shade, water 24/7, free choice salt/minerals

7/26/2011 3:29:43 PM

Water sprinklers in paddocks

7/26/2011 3:25:45 PM

spraying with water

7/26/2011 3:25:27 PM

Always make sure they have shade in the pasture.

7/26/2011 3:24:06 PM

Keep them in during heat of the day and turn out at night.

7/26/2011 3:17:47 PM

Not riding in this heat!

7/26/2011 3:12:28 PM

Refreshing water multiple times daily so it is cool to encourage more drinking

7/26/2011 3:11:47 PM

Always scrape off the excess water to promote evaporation and use a fan to speed process.

7/26/2011 2:57:00 PM

They spend a lot of time in the woods and the pond.

7/26/2011 2:54:27 PM

turna sprinler on fpr them in the afternoons. they love standing in it.

7/26/2011 2:50:05 PM

hosing & scraping them when they're really hot

7/26/2011 2:47:56 PM

We have installed misters in all stalls

7/26/2011 2:33:57 PM

water always and shade available. not that hot here.

7/26/2011 2:23:51 PM

Hose 'em down!

7/26/2011 2:22:14 PM

ride only early morning before heat sets in

7/26/2011 2:07:40 PM

Alcohol baths

7/26/2011 12:29:24 PM

exercise during the cooler morning hours

7/26/2011 11:22:04 AM