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Re: [RC] Horse Management in Excessive Heat - Karen Sullivan

I fill 25 gal tubs with water, then throw in a coffee can of bran and some salt......they chug it down...then later the salt kicks in and they drink fresh water....
today, given yesterday hit 108....I soaked their hay....they loved it....
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Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 12:12 PM
Subject: [RC] Horse Management in Excessive Heat

Like much of the other parts of the U.S., northeast Texas is in the grip of a major heatwave.  Consecutive days above 100 degrees.  Today it was 96 by 10 am; it's now just 2 pm and already 104.  Night temperatures aren't going much below the low-mid 80s so the horses aren't getting a "cooling break" even during the night.
Am interested in some discussion about horse management during heat waves (beyond the obvious--access to cool fresh water, free choice salt, shade).  Change in feed protocol?  Mandatory e-lyte supplementation to make up loss during excessive sweating?  Change in amount of forage, which produces heat? 
Denton, TX

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[RC] Horse Management in Excessive Heat, Beth Leggieri