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The heat
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Horse and heat question    Posted 08-03-2002 at 13:20:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Keep in mind that I'm a novice. Have a new horse that has a heart problem and I worry about the heat. Not too much shade in the pasture, but I keep the barn open for him and a fan blowing in his direction. He stays in the pasture. Should I force him to come into his stall when the heat is bad? Thanks, don't mean to sound silly, just worried.


Saddlebum    Posted 08-04-2002 at 10:54:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like LH said, horses are funny about their space. They prefer (and will stay much healthier) to have 24/7 pasture, with at least a 3-sided shelter they can access whenever they choose. Not everyone has the kind of ideal setup where they can do that, but it sounds like maybe you do? The fan isn't necessarily a bad thing if a horse is actually stalled up, but I think I'd save my electricity if he's out. They are, for lack of a better word, livestock, and what feels comfy to them vs. what feels comfy to us humans can be a big difference. Mother Nature is a pretty good designer, and usually works best.

One thing I do tamper with a little bit, though, is water intake during high heat and extreme cold. The way we do that at our house is to add a little bit of equine electrolytes (which is different kinds of salt, magnesium and calcium carbonate) to their morning feed ration. You can also add plain old table salt instead, but in the summer here, where we average two and a half months of 90/100+ temps, I know the horses are going to sweat quite a bit and the electrolyte mimics the composition of the minerals they lose through sweat. You don't have to add a lot--just a couple of tsp per horse will work. It encourages them to drink, which would be the main thing I would worry about on any horse during weather extremes. (If you have a tank heater and can keep his water at 40* or better in the winter, you can skip doing this when it's cold.)

Depending on what the heart condition is, you may want to ask your vet before doing any of the above. Hope this helps a little. We were all novices at one time or another. :-)


LH    Posted 08-03-2002 at 16:42:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Horses are the funniest critters. They'll stand inside on a beautiful day, yet want to be out in the worst weather you can imagine. Just let the horse do as it pleases and keep fresh water for him to drink. I lost a 3 year old jack Donkey today. Not sure if it was heat related or genetic since he had never acted right in all the years we'd had him. Always had food and fresh water available but sometimes that's just the breaks of having stock.


Ira    Posted 08-03-2002 at 14:42:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
just as long as he isn't stressed he should be ok, IMO. I would also try shutting the fan off, especially if it makes noise. Horses can be real funny about things that they aren't used to.


EIEIO    Posted 08-03-2002 at 13:41:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't answer your question about the horse but I will say don't ever feel silly asking any question. Everybody here is so very helpful and will go out of their way to answer any and all questions.

I don't know if you are new to this site or not but you should see some of the questions I asked and still ask. The only way you can find out anything is by asking. Like I always told my kids there is no such thing as a dumb answer.

If you are new welcome aboard.


EIEIO-DUMB DUMB DUMBER    Posted 08-03-2002 at 17:14:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I meant there is no such thing as a dumb question!!!

I need to stick my head in the freezer and get my brain cooled off.


scooterhead    Posted 08-03-2002 at 18:29:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
EIEIO , I`m thinkin you need a break from whatever it is your doin , maybe you should start goin out the front door instead of the back !!!! Is that new shiney hat your wearin generatin to much heat ????


ger    Posted 08-03-2002 at 18:47:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
maybe i,ll start trying that scooterhead,yesterday was running round getting ready for the backhoe ,today been sittin waiting , don,t ya just love them guys when they say they,ll be here an two days later still not,mabey can,t find that litle bitty machine or something lol .later ger


scooterhead    Posted 08-03-2002 at 18:54:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Buddy I can wait fer days long as I dont know there comin but it drives me nuts to waste a day waitin when they say there comin !!


ger    Posted 08-03-2002 at 19:01:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
ya thats it exactly the other day when i was trying to figure out the wire an heat tape they were comming next morning,if i wasn,t exspecting them i would be going on with somethin else but when you sit an wait an all it takes is a phone call , but they can,t even do that then i start ta boil haha ,later ger


Grove r    Posted 08-03-2002 at 20:06:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Big 10-4 on the waiten fer somebody.....'bout a month ago, phoned a neighbor about comming over and diggen a hole to bury a holding tank for the flush toilet and such that I want to put in the shop....too busy.....all I wanted was for him to dig the hole about ten feet deep,[wanted four feet of cover over the tank......], have my little hoe that will dig eight feet, phoned another fella outa town, [I live about twenty miles out], well, [gettin to a real long story now], took about two weeks of phoneing the two, trying to set something up, busy, can't come today, maybe tomorrow, or the next day........evn told em both that I would pay for the hauling, both ways, if they would just come for fifteen minutes and dig the hole, and I would pay them for an hour......finaly the guy from town showed up, and dug the hole......yaaa!!! Boy.....I was sure doing some head scratchin' trying to figure out how to dig that other two feet with my hoe......would have used the 'dozer, but was restricted on room to put that much dirt. That is why I rarely hire anything done of that nature, and why I have my own equipment.....so I can do it when I want and the way I want..... guess I'll just have to chalk it up to "old and ornery"! Have a gooder, R.E.L.


ger    Posted 08-03-2002 at 20:31:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
hi grove r just came in from getting the animals bedded down for the night boy is it cold out there we got a northeast wind blowing like you would,nt belive just chills ya to the bone, i know about doin it your self i always figure if i want it done right i gotta do it myself lol at least that way got nobody else ta blame , but i kinda need this guy he,s got the machine i need to do it all at once so i figured id wait on him a little bit more anyway he,s got a 235cat i think it is an excavator anyway an that,s what i need to do all the projcts at once ,so i,ll be patient (HAH ) for a bit ,catch ya later gotta run into the tourist trap gotta do some work ,help pays tha bills ,later ger


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