Heat can take its toll on your horses

POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 6:04pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am


WACO -- Panting, lack of sweat, and blood-shot eyes are all signs your animal is about to have a heat stroke.

And for horses hydration is key in keeping a healthy animal.

Shawn Crews, Manager at Arabians Limited, said the effects of dehydration can be severe.

"When they dehydrate, it can cause Colic, because, it's directly relative to of, the fluids are relative to their intestinal tract moving," said Crews.

Colic is a common illness that develops in horses causing pain in their abdomen but plenty of water and a salt lick can help fight the illness.

"It's like an electrolyte in the sense that if they lick the salt they constantly drink water good," said Crews.

Chris Bloodgood, client services of Arabians Limited, said a horses health comes down to the basics.

"It's just about keeping them cool and keeping them hydrated and if you do that, then you're going to eliminate a large percentage of possibilities of heat related problems," said Bloodgood.

Crews said it's especially important to take extra precaution with the little ones.

"The babies can get dehydrated real quickly. They're the most fragile really of the whole herd. It can get away from you fast and then you don't have much time to remedy the situation," said Crews.

And if their water supply is hot the horses won't drink it, which in this summer heat can be deadly.

"If you have a horse get seriously dehydrated, you need to have your vet come out and run fluids on them. Just like they would a person," said Crews.

Crews said it's also important to keep cooling fans throughout the stables and to let your horses out early in the morning before it gets too hot.

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