This is another hot weather/animal article. As with dogs, children or whatever, if it is too hot for you, your animals are even hotter. Their body temperatures are a lot higher. This is normal. Please think of your furbabies as well as yourself.
A hot humid day. One rider. One horse. Both are exercising at a moderate level. Who is more likely to overheat? It might surprise you to learn that your horse gets hotter much faster than you and is more susceptible to the negative effects of heat stress. Prof. Michael Lindinger, an animal and exercise physiologist at the University of Guelph, explains: “It only takes 17 minutes of moderate intensity exercise in hot, humid weather to raise a horse’s temperature to dangerous levels. That’s three to ten times faster than in humans. Horses feel the heat much worse than we do.”
Stay Safe and God Bless!