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Preparing Your Horse for Warm Weather

The temperatures are rising, the sun’s out, and we don’t have to worry about the snow anymore. Spring and summer are on their way! Without proper preparation, warmer weather can lead to dehydration, lethargy, and added stress for your horse. As the weather continues to get nicer, here are some tips and reminders for getting your horse re-acclimated to the warmer temperatures. 

  1. Take it Slow – Your horse just spent several months taking it easy as we waited out the cold winter. The worst thing you can do is jump right back into the saddle (literally) and expect to train as usual. Slowly incorporate more riding time throughout the next few weeks. The heat can be especially fatiguing even without physical activity involved. It is important to monitor your horse to ensure they acclimate to the physical activity and the heat well before increasing riding time. 
  1. Prepare for Bugs – Everyone likes being outside when the weather is nice, including bugs. Besides being annoying, insects can carry diseases and irritate your horses. Make sure to treat outdoor horse shelters and portable shade structures for insects to keep them away. 
  1. Provide Shade – If your horses are outside most of the day, provide some form of shade for them to escape the hot sun. Run-in shelters and portable shade structures are great ways to offer shade for your horses away from the barn. Run-in shelters are also great at keeping your horses dry during spring showers and summer rain.    
  1. Electrolytes and Cold Water – Make sure you are changing their water frequently as it can warm easily in the sun. Not only do horses not like warm water, but it can also pose health concerns if left for too long. Make sure you provide them with cool drinking water that is easily accessible. Drinking water isn’t enough to maintain healthy horses when the temperatures are hot. Make sure to provide a source of electrolytes, too, like a salt block for added minerals.   

Even if you follow all these tips, make sure to closely monitor your horses in hot weather as heat stroke can sneak up on them. If you are concerned that your horse could be suffering from heat-related issues, bring your horse into a cooler environment and contact your vet. 

portable shades for horses

The Benefits of Portable Shades for Horses

Portable shades for horses offer several benefits, both for the well-being of the horses and the convenience of horse owners and caretakers. Here are some of the key benefits:

Sun Protection: One of the most notable benefits is that portable shades provide essential protection against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Horses, like humans, can suffer from sunburn, which can be painful and lead to skin issues. Prolonged sun exposure can also increase the risk of skin cancer in horses.

Temperature Regulation: Portable shades help horses stay cooler during hot weather. Excessive heat can lead to heat stress and dehydration in horses, and providing shade can mitigate these risks.

Stress Reduction: Horses can become stressed when exposed to extreme weather conditions. Providing shade allows horses to seek refuge from the sun and heat reducing their stress levels.

Health and Comfort: Shade can help prevent heat-related health issues like heatstroke or exhaustion. It also keeps the ground in the shaded area cooler and more comfortable for the horse to stand or lie down on.

Versatility and Mobility: Portable shades are easily moved and can be set up in different areas of a pasture as needed. This flexibility allows horse owners to rotate grazing areas and prevents overgrazing in one spot.

Convenient Management: Portable shades can be set up and taken down relatively easily, making them a convenient option for horse owners who may not want to invest in permanent structures. They can also be used at horse shows, events, or temporary stables.

Happy and Healthy Horses: Ultimately, the well-being of the horses is the most significant benefit. Providing them with shade ensures they are more comfortable, happier, and healthier.

Klene Pipe’s portable horse shades provide the protection your horse needs from the sun and heat to stay happy and healthy. See one of our customers talk about her experience with our portable shade:

horses in the hot sun

6 Ways to Keep Your Horse Cool This Summer

Those hot summer days are approaching and it’s important you know how to properly care for your horse when temperatures near triple digits. Neglecting to do some of these tips could not only be extremely uncomfortable for your horse but also cause some serious health concerns.

Here are some of the best tips for keeping your horse cool and comfortable during those hot summer months:

1. Quality Horse Shelter Kits

On those brutal summer days, any kind of shade is a relief for your horse. Besides drinking water, shelter is the most important aspect of caring for your horse in the summer. Trees with large foliage can be great for a quick rest but if the heat is too much, quality horse shelter kits are great for keeping horses cool, comfortable, and out of the heat.

Make sure you’re taking the sun’s positioning into account so that your horse can always have protection from the sun. To maximize comfort inside these horse shelter kits, place fans, light sheets, and a cool water source.

2. Never Overdo it in the Heat

According to the University of Guelph, horses can get heat stress 10 times faster than humans during a workout.

If you’re going out riding, especially during the middle of the day, be sure to keep the session short. You should never push your horse beyond his or her fitness level, but it’s imperative to be extra cautious during extremely hot days.

3. Keep Them Hydrated and Well-Fed

It’s crucial your horse remains strong throughout those hot summer days. Keeping your horse hydrated and well-fed will ensure they’re getting enough nutrients and will be able to better manage excessive temperatures.

Provide cool water and make sure your horse is drinking it. If they’re refusing, try placing a block of salt nearby (horses love it) – that should encourage them to rehydrate afterward. Also, make sure you’re using quality square or round bale feeders. Certain horse hay feeders are great for helping your horse eat freely, preventing overeating and other issues.

4. Frequent Baths, Mist, and Fans

Though providing frequent drinking water breaks during the summer is crucial, keeping your horse cool with baths, mist, and fans is just as important. After your (brief) ride, consider spraying your horse with a cool hose to help.

When misting or bathing your horse, it’s recommended to start with the chest and neck areas to cool the veins near the heart, which can help cool off the rest of the body quicker.  

5. Trim Any Excess Hair

Although clipping horses is most common in the winter because of the extra layers of coat, keeping them well-groomed in the summer is a great way to help them stay cool. Removing sections of your horse’s coat can reduce sweating during exercise and keep them comfortable throughout the day. Make sure you’re using quality clippers, too. Use clippers that can remove hair underneath the tact, which prevents irritation and constant rubbing.

6. Pay Attention to Signs of Heatstroke

Overall, make sure you’re paying attention to your horse’s mood, appearance, and movements as much as you can when it’s extremely hot. Give your vet a call right away if you notice any of the following signs of heatstroke:

  • Elevated heart rate
  • Temperatures above 103 degrees
  • Exhaustion or lethargy
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dehydration

Make sure you’re prepared for the heat. Contact us today if you want to find some great horse shelter kits, round bale feeders, and more!

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The Importance of Shade and Shelter for Your Horse

Giving your horse the opportunity to get shade and shelter from the elements helps to keep them healthy and happy. Wind, sun, and issues with weather can leave horses vulnerable to getting sick or hurt. That’s why the use of a shelter for your horse is so important.

Equine Wellness Magazine has outlined a number of items that should be considered when deciding on purchasing a horse shelter including where to place it on your property. When determining where to place a horse shelter, they discuss the importance of looking at weather patterns as well as the landscape for best protection. In addition, they write that having a sturdy and portable structure is ideal for best protection. You can read the full article here.

Klene Pipe offers many different shelter options for horses, cattle and livestock. Our run-in shelters are some of the toughest frames you will find. In addition, our portable shade and our portable shade kits offer protection from the sun in the hot summer months.

Be sure you are taking the proper precautions to keep your horses safe during the upcoming summer months by giving them the opportunity to get out of the elements. Shelters for horses are a must-have for protecting their well-being.