Horse Health Tips For Students includes information for our students about common horse health care issues. These posts are to bring awareness to horse welfare issues - always ask your veterinarian for advice and treatment protocols for your own horse!
Overheating horses can be a problem particularly in the summer on hot, humid, buggy days. However, horses can overheat all year round, even in our cold climates. It's important for students to recognize the signs and know what to do to help prevent overheating.
Signs of Overheating
- excessive sweating
- skin hot to touch and above normal body temperature
- signs of dehydration (i.e., poor skin elasticity, sunken eyes)
- lethargic, muscle weakness, stumbling, lack of coordination
- above normal breathing and pulse rates that don't recover after exercise
Chronicles of a Stable Owner are real-life stories about caring for horses and their people
Written by Dr. Gwen Donohoe, Owner/Manager at Sagehill Stables
It had been a beautiful 10 days of no rain and hot weather, and I finished baling all the hay. The tractors air conditioner quit working the last two days of baling, so it was like driving around in my own personal Thermea spa; hotter inside the cab than outside! I tried to keep reminding myself that people pay a lot of money for this experience...
The air conditioner break-down was nothing compared to the last month's series of unfortunate events however...
It started about a month ago... I started up the tractor to feed some hay, but something sounded not quite right. I turned around to park the tractor, but as I did the noise got extremely loud! I turned off the tractor. Smoke started coming out from the engine! I grabbed the fire extinguisher but there was no fire... The tractor was dead right in the middle of the parking lot...