Summer might bring welcome warmer temperatures and sunshine, but it can also signal health problems for your horse. Here is your guide to summer health problems in horses, to six summer ailments and how to reduce the risk.
1. Heat Stroke
As temperatures rise so does the risk of heat stroke. Unfit and overweight horses are at risk as are horses undertaking fast and strenuous work in hot and humid conditions. Even standing out in the sun for a prolonged period without shade or being left in a hot trailer or lorry can put your horse at risk. A sudden heatwave can also bring on heat stroke. Keep an eye on rising temperatures, and ensure that your horse always has access to shade with good ventilation. Ensure he keeps his fluids up and isn’t asked to overexert himself in hot weather.
Just like human skin, your horse’s skin can burn so protecting your horse in the sunshine is imperative. Unfortunately, pink muzzles can be hard to protect for long, given that your horse is likely to rub off the sunblock. Regular application is advisable. For those horses turned out during the day during the summer, a fly mask with a nose cover is an excellent addition. Providing shade for your horse and keeping an eye on legs and other areas of the body which could burn with exposure to intense sunlight is also essential. You may want to have a peep at how Aloeride offers a sunburn protection buffer and sunburn aftercare… (that page was written for people but how Aloeride helps is the same for horses).
Make sure your horse has access to plenty of clean water at all times and that you keep field water troughs clean during the summer months. The implication of dehydration could be life-threatening. Keep your horse cool, allow him or her to take water frequently and ensure that both in the field or at a competition that there is the shade to stand in. You can read more about how Aloeride helps to support hydration SEE /electrolyte-status-during-exercise/
4. Bruised Feet
The hard ground can take its toll on your horse’s feet, and legs so keep an eye on ground conditions. Keep ridden work to walk or if the ground has some ‘give’ in it, then some trot work. Save anything faster for ground with some ‘spring’ in it. You can’t prevent horses having a jolly in the field, but you can keep an eye on them and stop play if need be. Aloeride is also a superb natural anti-inflammatory properties amongst many other health benefits. SEE /people/what-does-aloe-vera-do/
5. Cracked Hooves
Dry, cracked hooves will play havoc with shoeing, keeping shoes on and ultimately put play to all those lovely riding plans you had for the summer. Keep your farrier appointments regular and give your horse the nutritional support he or she needs. Aloeride strongly supports healthy hoof growth. SEE /horses/hoof-health-hoof-strength/
6. Fly Bites
Investing in a good fly bonnet and fly rug and using both in conjunction with a fly spray will help cut down fly bites. Turning your horse out early morning and bringing him or her into the stable when the flies are at their worst will also help. There are a few fly controls that you can use in the stable, but always ensure they are out of reach from your horse’s inquisitive nose! SEE /horses/the-problem-of-sweet-itch/