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  • Verna Lum

5 summer tips for keeping your horse comfortable this summer! ☀️

1. Hydration is Key: Ensure your horse has access to plenty of fresh water at all times. Hydration is crucial in hot weather to prevent dehydration and to support overall health. Horses can sweat up to three times more than a human and can lose an average of 10-15 litres per hour during high-intensity workouts and 5-7 litres per hour during light trot/canter work.

2. Shade and Shelter: Provide adequate shade and shelter to protect your horse from direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day. This helps them stay cool and reduces the risk of heat stress.

3. Electrolyte Supplements: Consider adding electrolyte supplements to your horse's diet, especially if they sweat heavily during exercise. Horses' sweat contains approximately 56% chloride, 27% sodium, 15% potassium, and smaller amounts of calcium and magnesium. Electrolytes help replenish these essential minerals lost through sweating and support proper hydration. Any electrolyte replacement supplements should have similar values to what is naturally lost in sweat.

4. Cooling Techniques: Use cool water baths or showers to help your horse cool down after exercise or during particularly hot days. Focus on areas where blood vessels are close to the skin, such as the neck and chest.

5. Monitor for Signs of Dehydration: Keep an eye out for signs of dehydration, such as dry gums, reduced skin elasticity, or decreased urine output. Promptly address any signs of dehydration by providing electrolytes and consulting with your veterinarian if necessary.

So, let's keep our four-legged equine friends happy, healthy, and well-hydrated. Stay tuned for Part 2 on electrolytes!



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