9 Tips To Help Prevent Horse Heat Stroke

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If you live in a hot and humid environment, or if you work your horse during the summer – be wary of the signs of heat stroke! We found a page by My Horse which will be able to give you a lot of practical tips that will keep your horse safe from the threat of heat stroke. The link follows after our additional tips and notes.

In general terms, heat stroke is referred to as a form of hyperthermia (overheating of the body – note this is the opposite of hypothermia) in which the body’s temperature is elevated dramatically. The body naturally tries to cool down but because of lack of ventilation, as well as physical exertion and extreme temperatures, it can no longer lose its body heat.

It is a serious condition that needs to be treated as soon as possible because it could potentially be fatal for the animal.

Here are some of the symptoms of heat stroke:

1. Restlessness/Lethargy
2. Rapid Pulse and Breathing
3. Heavy Breathing and Panting
4. Increased Sweating
5. Excessive Salivation
6. Redness of the Tongue and Oral Area
7. High Body Temperature
8. Stumbling Gait
9. Collapse
10. Muscle Spasms
11. Erratic Heart Beat

Horses that go through high levels of physical stress and excessive exercise can also get heat stroke. An animal that is obese or is suffering from any respiratory diseases can also suffer from this condition. This can probably be due to the fact that its body cannot function normally to be able to easily lose its body heat when it’s exposed to high temperatures and intense workouts.

Treatment must be given as soon as possible in order to avoid complications. Cold water is usually applied to the skin and for severe cases, intravenous electrolytes might be administered to replenish lost fluids.

If you know that the weather is going to be hot and humid, you must exercise the necessary precautions in order to avoid heat stroke. As much as possible, give your horse frequent breaks by resting it under the cool shade and give him cool water. Never ride him during the times of the day where the sun is at its peak. Not only will it make your horse sick, it will also make you sick too!

Ok here’s the link to the 9 Tips To Help Prevent Horse Heat Stroke: http://myhorse.com/blogs/horse-care/senior-horse-care/9-tips-to-help-prevent-horse-heat-stroke/

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