equine heat stress

When the weather is hot, horses are susceptible to heat stress. Enjoy these tips for summer horse riding, and you’ll help your mount stay healthy and comfortable. How Heat Affects Horses Left to their own devices, horses seek out cool, shady spots during hot, humid summer days. Their activity naturally increases a bit during the cooler morning and evening hours, and the feeling of a breeze might bring them out into the sun for a while. But what about horse riding? If you are feeling the heat of the sun beating down on you, then your horse is feeling it too. It takes between 15 and 20 minutes...
How Heat Stress Occurs Heat stress occurs when equine athletes' body temperature exceeds 104 degrees Fahrenheit, according to University of Illinois professor Kevin H. Kline PH.D. Normal temperature is around 101 degrees, and temperatures of 107 or 108 degrees are considered a trigger for heat stroke. Equine heat stress is typically caused by a horse being worked hard in hot temperatures. It is most likely to occur during the warmest months of the year and the hottest times of the day. A horse that is suffering from heat stress is creating more heat than its body can naturally dissipate...