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Re: [RC] Horse Management in Excessive Heat - Sky Ranch

Shade, and fresh drinking water.  Free choice pasture and/or grass hay.  Free choice white salt block, avoid the 'pink' mineral blocks because some horses will avoid it because it tastes bad to them.  Let them loaf.  Don't "make" them work when it's this hot, unless they're acclimated.  If you're not acclimated, it's ok, you'll just faint and fall off <g> and then the horse will rest.
Horses can handle the heat, heavy bodied QH and other breeds have done it for years in Texas and other southern states, where heat and humidity are a killer combination. 
I didn't move to Colorado until I was 44 years old and I grew up in horrible, horrible heat and humidity in the flatlands between Houston and Galveston.  My grandfather bred QH for 40 years in that environment, with no problems.  It was HOT and HUMID and guess what, that's why I'm here now!  Where it's hot but at least it's not humid!! <grins> so of course we don't feel it.  <sure>
Carla Richardson
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Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 2:58 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] Horse Management in Excessive Heat

I would like to hear other's ideas on this as well.  N. Alabama is "on fire".  We too are having consecutive days of over 100 degrees.
So, post so all can see!!!

Beth Leggieri <trailyaya@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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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