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Keeping Horses Cool During the Summer

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An experienced groundskeeper and stable hand, Ted Rufo has cared for numerous horses throughout his career. In his role as groundskeeper at Knobby Hill Farm in Millis, Massachusetts, Theodore Rufo oversaw the care of two horses as well as three llamas and all farm facilities.

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Keeping Horses Cool During the Summer

  1. 1. KEEPING HORSES COOL DURING THE SUMMER By Ted Rufo
  2. 2. Introduction  An experienced groundskeeper and stable hand, Ted Rufo has cared for numerous horses throughout his career. In his role as groundskeeper at Knobby Hill Farm in Millis, Massachusetts, Theodore Rufo oversaw the care of two horses as well as three llamas and all farm facilities.
  3. 3. About Horse Care  As a general rule, horses benefit from efficient body systems that keep them cool even in the face of intense physical exertion. But when the heat gets too high, their bodies may become overwhelmed. For this reason, owners and riders should carefully monitor their horses for signs of heat stroke, such as an elevated respiratory and heart rate that does not slow down as it should when the horse rests. Extreme lethargy, excessive sweating, or a lack of sweating may also indicate heat stroke, which can be fatal.
  4. 4. Conclusion  To avoid this condition, choose a cooler time of day to ride, such as the early morning or late evening. Ride in the shade whenever possible and be sure the horse has access to cool water. In addition, help the horse replace electrolytes by adding supplements to its water or feed. Always hose the horse with cool water after riding, paying special attention to the neck and inner thigh, where the largest blood vessels live. When turning the horse out, be sure that he or she has access to shade, and when inside, use fans to keep air moving in the barn.

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