Poll

Too Hot To Handle?

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

Having fans on in the barn
19%
572
Turning them out at night when it's cooler
12%
365
Providing more access to more water than usual
14%
423
Less strenuous exercise
20%
617
Adding salt and/or electrolytes to their diet
16%
489
Daily baths
14%
415
Other (please explain below)
5%
148

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

misting

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

misters

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

Shade!

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

misters

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

Sprinklers

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