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RE: [RC] [RC] Horse Management in Excessive Heat - Jennifer Adam

Our heat isn't quite as bad as that, but temps in the upper nineties with 90% humidity makes it miserable just the same. I have mustangs who don't mind the heat terribly, but I've been putting stock tanks among the shade trees to encourage them to go in there along with extra salt blocks. (Sounds dumb, I know, but otherwise I see them just puttering around the pasture and it makes me hot just to watch). I also use a round Jello mold to freeze apple juice and I float a few in the tank - they have tons of fun bobbing for the juice rings and I figure it encourages them to drink a little extra. They like to play in the pond too but it's getting really really low...
Jen and the wild bunch

From: Beth Leggieri <trailyaya@xxxxxxxxx>
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC]   Horse Management in Excessive Heat
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 12:12:47 -0700 (PDT)

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