How to Make Cooling Summer Treats for Your Horse

Summer is fast approaching and it's always hard to keep our equine friends cool during the hottest days, so here are some tasty tips to a cooler horse.

Steps

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    Get some carrots and cut them into strips about three inches long then put them in the freezer. If your horse doesn't like these then try them in the cooler instead.
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    Take some of their usual grains/nuts - about a small handful should be enough. Sprinkle the mixture over an ice cube tray so there are a few pieces of grain/nuts in each compartment. Cover with water then freeze. Add these to your horse's feed or feed as a treat.
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    If you hang a turnip in your horse's stable, put the hole in it then freeze it before hanging it.
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    Freeze strips of carrot and apple and put them in their water - only do this if you usually add treats to their water.
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    If your horse is not in the stable during the day, fill a couple of buckets with cold water and place them in the middle of the stable then close all the doors, windows etc. This should cool the stable down.

Tips

  • If your horse doesn't like frozen things try cooled treats from the fridge.
  • Make sure your horse has access to shade and water throughout the day.
  • Wash their sweaty parts - the girth and saddle area after exercise.
  • Put some ice cubes in their water but don't make it too cold.
  • Add a little ice water to their feed.

Warnings

  • Nuts can be dangerous to give to horses. They are the perfect size to cause your horse to colic if they don't chew them properly, especially peanuts.
  • Don't bathe your horse too many times as this washes away their natural defences from the weather.
  • Allow your horse to get used to colder feed before feeding them their full ration this way.
  • Don't over feed frozen food to your horse especially if they are not used to it.
  • Do not feed iced treats to your horse immediately after exercise as this can cause spasmodic colic.
  • Don't be too hard on your horse - if it's a boiling hot day don't exercise them until the sun has started to go down or when the day is cooler.

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Categories: Horse Feeding