Summer Care for Preventing Equine Mortality

Preventing Equine Mortality: Summer CareThe skyrocketing temperatures of the summer can pose a significant risk to equine business owners. While horses were built to endure extreme temperatures, taking proper care of them and ensuring they have the food, water, and shelter they need can prevent unintended mortality and illness. Whether the equine business revolves around show horses, breeding, or training, a comprehensive Equine Insurance Program will provide the specialized protections the business requires.

Protect them from mosquitoes.

One of the biggest problems during the warm weather months is the pesky bugs that bite and spread disease. Mosquitoes and other biting insects can harass your horse in its pasture or stall, causing them to be stressed and lose weight. In addition to that, they make riding miserable, explains The Spruce. Coat the barn in a mosquito repellent, remove damp foliage from their stable, and apply a horse-friendly mosquito repellent to their coats to protect them.

Provide fresh, cool water.

The longer the horse’s water is left out in the sun, the less fresh and appealing it will become, and stagnant water is a bad idea for any horse to drink. As horses tend to avoid warm water, find a shady spot to replenish their water source. If they seem to be shying away from the water, try spraying some hay with salt water to encourage them to drink. Make sure to remove it at night to prevent attracting mosquitoes.

Provide shade.

A horse’s body is more easily adaptable to cooler weather than hot weather. Shade is a necessity to keep the horse’s internal body temperature from rising to dangerous levels. Provide ample shade for the horses, especially during high noon. Trees or a barn are a great source of shade. If turnout times are typically during mid-afternoon, adjust them to be earlier in the morning or later in the day to avoid the hottest hours.

Prevent sunburn.

Horses with white coats or white patches on their bodies are more prone to sunburns. A fly scrim will cover the bulk of their bodies and provide protection from the sun. Next, consider applying a sensitive sunscreen to hairless areas, or on the snout, where sunburn is more likely to occur.

About Mavon Insurance

At Mavon Insurance, we have a deep understanding of the insurance requirements for equine businesses throughout the country. Our comprehensive policies include pertinent coverages including Equine Mortality, Theft, Medical Expense Reimbursement, Transit Coverage and more. For more information on our competitive policies, or to become an agent with us, contact us today at (877) 426-2866.