Summer Horse Care Challenges

As many of us in the northern hemisphere head into the hottest part of the year, Winter becomes a distant memory. For those horse owners in cold Winter climates, the season poses serious horse care challenges that we would just as soon forget.

I was reminded, though, that Summer comes with its own set of issues regarding equine care and welfare. Some recent articles I read listed Summer horse-health concerns and prevention/management suggestions regarding

  • Heat/Humidity Stress
  • Dehydration
  • Access to salt
  • Insect bit hypersensitivity
  • Pasture-Associated Asthma
  • Sunburn
  • Photosensitization
  • Hard Footing

Between caring for my own horses, former foster horses and the horses at the therapeutic riding center where I used to work, I have some direct experience with all those issues.

It’s easy, though, to forget about an issue when you currently have a horse(s) that seems to sail through Summer. But as our horses age, when we bring in a new horse or if we move to a different climate, we may see issues appear that we never saw before.

For that reason, I think it is good for all of us horse folks to be aware of the challenges that each season might present, even if we don’t currently deal with them. If something is on our radar, we are more likely to identify it properly when it finally comes into view.

Want to read more about Summer horse care challenges? Here’s a few resources to get you started:

What is your most challenging Summer horse care issue?

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