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Nutrition: Feeling the Heat

With the temperature rising slowly to see in the summer months, we have to be aware of the implications this may have on our horses.

FLIES AND BUGS

While we tend to offer shelter in the form of a stable or field shelter in the cold and wet months, in the heat this would be equally as welcome. With rising temperatures comes increasing fly menace that can agitate even those with the quietest temperament.

WHAT CAN I DO? A daily application of a quality fly repellent will help to provide relief from the nuisance.

BEWARE! Make sure you choose one registered for equine use as in some cases unregistered repellents can irritate skin further.

HYDRATION STATION

65-75% of each individual’s bodyweight is water, without adequate water owners may witness –
• Reduced appetite
• Poor performance
• Depression
• Bone and cartilage damage
• Signs of gastric ulcers

While many of our horses may not be in work currently, the weather may still induce natural sweating. While we assume it is just water that is predominately lost in sweat, we also have to recognise the loss of essential body salts which are required for overall body function.

WHAT CAN I DO? Offering free access to a salt lick is a great way for horses to self-supplement for maintenance, however if sweating is seen then adding electrolytes into water or their feed can help retain a natural balance.

BEWARE! Research has found concentrated electrolytes such as pastes can increase the risk of gastric ulcers.

For more information on supplementing through warm weather, contact NAF’s FREE Nutritional Advice Line. They would love to hear from you and love to speak about horses! 0800 373106 / info@naf-uk.com

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