Extreme Heat In Summer Also Affects Horses

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Updated: 6/20/2012 7:03 pm
Fresh water isn't just crucial for people during extreme heat...horses are also susceptible to heat-related illness.

A horse can easily go through ten to fifteen gallons of water per day.

Kentucky Horse Park officials say dehydration is the main thing--it can cause collick and other serious illness...even death.

Trainers say to check the horses' water several times a day; give them shelter; give them shade.

Horses also need electrolytes this time of year--it's something you can just add to their water, and drinking it is like drinking Gatorade.

And just like people, when they start to sweat too much or breathe too heavily, it's a sign that things are getting serious.

That's when you want to start cooling them down by taking them into the shade, putting fans on them, or spraying them with water.

Light colored horses and those with pink noses can get sunburned easily...so keep suntan lotion on them.

Horses also need protective eyewear in the bright summer sunlight.

Making sure to take care of a horses' basic needs in extreme heat and sun is a sure way to keep your horse healthy and safe this summer.
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