Caring for Your Aging Horse During Summer

Summer months can be tough on older horses, who may be already dealing with age-related health issues. 

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Protect from Insects

Insect bites can be more than just a nuisance for older horses. They can cause allergic reactions, skin issues, and infections that are harder for their aging bodies to combat. Protect your horse from insects by using a WeatherBeeta Fly sheet, fly mask, and top up with fly spray for extra protection. Additionally, keeping stables and pastures clean and free of standing water can help reduce the number of insects in the area.

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Provide Ample Shade and Water

Heat stress is a significant risk for horses during the summer months. Providing ample shade and fresh water is a must. Trees, shelter, and airy stables can all provide relief from the sun's heat. A WeatherBeeta Therapy Tec fleece cooler rug can keep your horse well-ventilated in the stable during the day, with moisture-wicking properties to ensure your horse says dry and cool whilst out of the sunshine, and with ceramic technology designed to increase your horse's muscle function to reduce the risk of injury. Access to cool, clean water is also essential, and water sources should be checked and refilled regularly.

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Adjust Your Horses Feeding Routine

Ältere Pferde haben langsamere Verdauungssysteme, was sie anfälliger für Dehydrierung und andere Verdauungsprobleme macht. Damit sie hydratisiert bleiben, kannst Du Wasser zum Futter hinzufügen oder das Heu einweichen. Gib Deinem Pferd kleinere, häufigere Mahlzeiten, anstatt wenigerer großer Mahlzeiten, die für ihr Verdauungssystem zu überwältigend sein können. Vermeide es auch, sie während der heißesten Tageszeiten zu füttern, wenn ihre Körper anfälliger für Hitzestress sind. 

Regular Exercise

Regular exercise is essential for the mental and physical well-being of horses, regardless of their age. However, it's important to adjust your exercise routine to accommodate your older horse's needs.

Shorter, less intense workouts are often best, and it's important to allow for plenty of cooling-off periods, especially during the hottest parts of the day. If your horse has arthritis, make sure to provide them with a soft, comfortable surface to stand on to prevent worsening of their condition.

Consider extra protection for your older horses legs

Pendant l'effort, il est important de protéger les tendons de votre cheval autant qu'il en a besoin. Les bottes de sport WeatherBeeta Therapy Tec contiennent une technologie céramique, qui fonctionne en réfléchissant la chaleur corporelle du cheval dans le corps et augmente la circulation sanguine, en élargissant les vaisseaux sanguins. Ils sont parfaits pour prévenir les blessures aux tendons ou aux ligaments ou pour un cheval plus âgé avec des inflammations existantes.