Summer is coming, and you gotta do whatever you can to stay cool. Take a tip from this pony, who is living the life.
“Hot” is generally a fairly subjective condition depending on personal preference: in my particular corner of Horse Nation, our grossest, stickiest days of the summer get into the mid-80s with high humidity, so when the temperature rocketed up to the upper 80s/low 90s earlier this week — the last week of May, for crying out loud — you can imagine that we were all a miserable bunch. I realize that there are many corners of Horse Nation who would kill for those relatively low temps, but there you have it. It’s all relative.
That said, we all have our personal standards for what we consider “hot” and what we consider “acceptable.” If your individual thermometer is venturing into “too hot to handle” territory, we recommend taking a leaf out of this pony’s book and logging some time in front of your own personal breeze.
#EquestrianLife | PegaseBuzzHey, Summer is Coming.via Samantha Morrison Dressage
Posted by PegaseBuzz on Friday, May 25, 2018
There you go, little guy. Feel the wind through your forelock.
In all seriousness, it’s important to remember that horses, just like people, need to get acclimated to the heat to be able to stay healthy and work safely. Our friends at SmartPak have a great blog resource to help horse owners gauge how well their horses are coping with heat, and measures we can take to ensure they’re staying cool enough.