Signs of Heat Stress in Horses

Horses have a natural ability to handle extreme temperatures when kept within the upper and lower limits of their comfort zone, known as the “thermoneutral zone.” This means horses can maintain a normal body temperature without expending excess energy for heat dissipation or generation when the temperatures are between 40 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. When temperatures are hotter than 80 degrees, horses will likely begin to encounter heat stress.  How can you tell if your horse […]

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How to Overcome Summer Heat on the Ranch and on the Road

Summer vacation isn’t a term that ranch cowboys are familiar with. Just because the temperatures soar doesn’t mean the work comes to a halt. However, some of the most reliable workers, horses, need to have the best care possible to make sure they stay healthy. Shaun Strickland, managing partner at Poison Spider Cattle Co., offers […]

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How to Prevent Excessive Heat Stress in Your Horse

Horses have a natural ability to handle extreme temperatures much hotter than humans can withstand. This is important to remember; however, it is also important to consider the upper and lower limits of their comfort zone. Also known as the thermoneutral zone, a horse’s “comfort zone” is generally between 40 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Inside […]

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Understanding Heat Stress in Horses

Summer heat is quickly approaching. The increasing temperatures and humidity not only make working outside uncomfortable for us, but they also have a major impact on our horses’ health and performance. Negative responses to heat stress include going off feed, decreased fertility, colic due to decreased water content in the gut and overall poor performance. […]

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