16 June 2022
We humans may be enjoying the heat however sudden high temperatures do not allow our horses to adapt to the temperature change and so they are more likely to suffer. In hot weather the horses temperature, breathing and heart rate go up, they may scour or look slightly colicky, they will be disinclined to do very much and if asked to move, may look a bit wobbly.
There are many things we can do to help manage our horse through the hotter weather.
Here are our Feed Line's Top Tips;
Ensure the water supply is good, and fresh clean water is available at all times. Thirsty birds can, sadly, commit suicide in field troughs which does not improve the water quality!
If you soak hay, limit this to a maximum of one hour immediately before feeding. The longer it is wet, the more acid producing bacteria proliferate.
Supplement grass with soaked bagged forages. Blue Bag Grass Pellets, LucieNuts and HayCare are all good as also is soaked PuraBeet. Soak times are less in very warm weather so do not soak for more than half a day and check that any moist feed is fresh. Read more