Surviving the heat
|Let's talk about heat.|
As a person who borderline hates summer, this has not been ideal weather to ramp up the routines for my boys. Still, I'm nothing if not dedicated to getting it done, despite the horror that can be hot weather.
How do we survive? Let's start by looking at things I do to help the horses.
|Oh hai. You like my boots?|
Salt and Electrolytes
|Grain? Or salt lick?|
Bast isn't such a heavy sweater, but he doesn't handle the heat as well as Pig (who I believe may be actually part fire). He melts in the sun, and starts breathing heavily pretty quickly. With his history of ulcers, I am reluctant to feed full electrolytes in the same way as I did with Pig (plus, Bast hates Apple A Day). To compromise, I started both boys on loose salt added to their feed. I've noticed both seem to enjoy the extra salt and are spending less time licking their tongues raw on the salt licks. Bast still melts in the sun, but I rest much easier knowing he's getting the salt he needs to support his needs. When needed I do supplement Bast with electrolytes, I just have to douse them with molasses so he'll eat them.
Sticking to Shade
|Deep woods hill climbs. Still hot, but not murderous.|
|The edges of the field are where it's at on a hot day. Just ask those happy dogs.|
|Got this photo from a barn friend, and just about died. It's so perfectly Pig.|
For me there are another few coping mechanisms I follow:
Cool and Sun-Repellent Clothing
|We match. Both in the amount of teal we have on, and in the amount of sweat we're drowning in.|
|Dork hat deployed.|
Electrolytes and Nutrition
|Okay, not exactly what I mean when I say "nutrition" but damn these Stroopwaffle McFlurries are good!!|
|I'm half dressed, Pig is wearing horse-pajamas, and we're both enjoying a morning canter.|
|Let's face it. Any excuse to not wear more leather in the summer is always appreciated. This is just hot.|