Electrolyte formula for your equine athlete.

Electrolyte formula for your equine athlete.

 

Hi! As I sit here waiting for slack to start at Prineville, OR, I am alerted by the weather channel of a heat advisory (104!).
So my article today is keeping your horse cool!

1. Shade! Some places we go have stalls but other times we have to build pens. In a stall you can hook up
a box fan. If you’re building a pen- get creative- use your awning if you have one- or find a tree!
2. Water- keep your horse hydrated! And keep it fresh. Water in a bucket can get hot fast. I saw a great idea on Pinterest that had frozen water bottles in buckets of water to keep
It cool. We even water down our hay.
3. Electrolytes- horses lose a lot when they sweat. My vet recommended putting a powder electrolyte in their water (get them used to it at home, and offer another water source in case they won’t drink it). We use a paste made by ortho equine called electro- boost. Make sure to look for ones with no sugar added. Some horses can tie up on those.
4. Less is more- take off that fly sheet when you haul. They get hot!
5. Water baths- spraying your horse off is a great idea to cool down. But if you don’t scrape the water off it just heats back up and feels hotter; try a bath with a water/rubbing alcohol mixture and a sponge.
6. Travel at night if you can. So much cooler!

And finally- know your horses vital signs so you can recognize if he’s not feeling well and call your vet ASAP if you suspect something is wrong!

See you down the road!
Hillary

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