Heat Stroke Prevention

While riding, how do you protect your horse from heat stroke?
(Check all that apply)

I change my riding schedule to ride at cooler times
I use water to cool off my horse before, during, and after rides
Other (please specify below)

Total votes cast: 287

Comments & Write-in Answers

I take a long time to cool out after a ride, then give my horse a good shower with cold water.

9/10/2012 6:48:20 PM

It is important to scrape water off the hot horse's coat after hosing to allow the horse to cool.

9/10/2012 5:35:00 PM

depending on the humidty I change my normal routine to not over do it

9/10/2012 7:46:39 AM

break it down to shorter ride/training times

9/9/2012 6:46:32 PM

Stop often in cooler, shaded areas

9/8/2012 3:10:32 PM

Shorten workout and more ground work

9/8/2012 12:18:04 PM

We keep fresh water infront of the horses all day,and add salt to their food to increase H20 use

9/6/2012 10:36:42 PM

I use common sense.

9/6/2012 7:05:05 PM

Easy bareback rides on shady trails

9/6/2012 6:00:54 PM

I also have begun administering oral electrolyte paste, via a syringe

9/6/2012 3:31:07 PM

If it's too hot, we don't ride. The stall fans are on, they come & go from the pasture.

9/6/2012 1:15:47 PM

he has a fan in his stall

9/6/2012 6:50:02 AM

Heat Stroke isn't an issue where I live in Alaska

9/6/2012 1:52:10 AM

It never gets really hot where I live, and if it is I do a lighter ride

9/6/2012 12:14:12 AM

I ride early am or pm, rinse horses with cool water, & plenty of drinking water available

9/5/2012 4:45:20 PM

I just don't ride if the heat is extreme..90 degrees or higher.

9/5/2012 4:19:04 PM

Soak horse before riding if the environment allows for evaporation.

9/5/2012 3:56:24 PM

I don't ride as hard as I would in cooler weather.

9/5/2012 2:56:34 PM

The sun is hot.

9/5/2012 10:38:25 AM

We ride earlier in the morning and go to parks that have shaded trails and staging areas.

9/5/2012 9:57:37 AM

If it's hot enough to be stressful, I don't even take them out.

9/5/2012 8:06:53 AM

Reduce riding session time and hose off after ride; don't have luxury of changing ride schedule

9/5/2012 7:07:46 AM

I ride early a.m. & at dusk in early summer, no riding late July/all of August (live in Phoenix area

9/4/2012 11:31:18 PM

Carefully watch horse for signs of fatigue due to the heat.

9/4/2012 9:24:21 PM

we pretty much stop riding in the summer here in Fl.

9/4/2012 8:57:26 PM

I change ride time to early morning. I don't ride when it's too hot.

9/4/2012 8:53:50 PM

We stick to trails that have plenty of shade to keep them cool.

9/4/2012 7:23:05 PM

I always ride with the weather in mind.

9/4/2012 7:03:38 PM

Walk only; no or less work

9/4/2012 6:45:27 PM

Shorter riding time; lots of walk/halt breaks in the shade

9/4/2012 6:41:22 PM

use electrolytes and lite salt

9/4/2012 6:08:20 PM

NV very low humidity, horses conditioned so ready for hot weather

9/4/2012 5:50:54 PM

I hose him down after riding

9/4/2012 5:40:37 PM

supply electrolytes & stop often in shady areas

9/4/2012 5:34:51 PM

Do as much riding in the shade as possible

9/4/2012 5:26:23 PM

just don't ride

9/4/2012 5:02:27 PM

If the heat index is too high I will forego riding until better weather

9/4/2012 4:50:49 PM

I do both of these

9/4/2012 3:10:57 PM

in extreme heat my riding is in the form of swimming in the creek, where we both stay cool.

9/4/2012 11:58:04 AM