BLUE Cross cobs ‘Harriet’, ‘Edna’, ‘Mavis’, ‘Agnes’ and ‘Barbara’ delivered a modelling masterclass in how to keep cool, last week, inspiring the national pet charity to share some simple top tips on how to keep your horse comfortable in the summer heat.
– Make sure your horse has access to a shady area or shelter, so they can keep out of the sun’s rays and the flies on hot summer days.
– Try not to ride your horse at the hottest times of the day – choose the cool of early morning or evening instead.
– Your horse will be grateful if you wash off sweaty areas, which may attract the flies and become sore.
– As ‘Mavis’ demonstrates, some horses may enjoy a cool, shallow water tray designed to safely take the weight of a horse. Alternatively, a gentle cold hosing may meet with approval, but introduce the hose to your horse gradually to start with, until they are comfortable with the water.
– A constant supply of clean, fresh drinking water is essential to prevent dehydration and prevent heatstroke in horses.
– A salt lick will help replace vital nutrients that horses lose easily through sweating.
– You may also want to buy a fly rug, a UV protective face mask and a good quality fly repellent.
– Horses can suffer from sunburn. Protect exposed, unpigmented, white and pink areas of the skin, like the muzzle, with a suitable hypoallergenic waterproof sunblock cream.
– Horses’ feet can dry out in warmer weather, so keep them well hydrated – your farrier can advise which products to use.
‘Harriet’, ‘Edna’, ‘Mavis’, ‘Agnes’ and ‘Barbara’ are currently being assessed at the Blue Cross and should be ready for their perfect new homes soon. If you would like to find out more about giving a Blue Cross horse a home, please visit: https:// www.bluecross.org.uk/ rehome/ horse. If you are not in a position to rehome, but still wish to help, please consider supporting Blue Cross via their website.
If you need support, advice or guidance about caring for your horse, visit: https:// www.bluecross.org.uk/ advice/horse
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