The warm weather is a welcome addition to this year’s summer and many of us are now out and about enjoying the outdoors and warm, light, evenings. However for those that own horse’s summertime can be a season of concern due to sun burn, sweet itch and annoying flies.
If your horse suffers in the heat here are a few top tips to help your horse enjoy this years summer and reduce your stress and worry.
One of the easiest ways to protect your horse especially in scorching temperatures, is to invest in a high quality fly sheet. Technology has improved the quality of fly sheets greatly so that nowadays they are made of lightweight, breathable material which not only protects them from flies but also keeps them cool in the sun. The latest technology also includes No Fly insect control where the fabric is treated with the active ingredient Permethrin which is odourless and invisible.
Summer fly cream is a great addition to any tack box and can also be used on cuts and grazes. Different fly creams work in different ways so make sure you check which would be the most appropriate for your horse. Creams are also very handy to use on those sensitive areas such as the muzzle, ears, face, sheath and teats.
Fly sprays are a necessity when the flies are at their most active. Depending on your personal preference and horses circumstances there is a wide variety to choose from. Some sprays contain active ingredients where as others use natural ingredients. Always read the labels of any products to check the ingredients to make sure they are suitable for your horse.
Using a fly mask will help protect your horse’s eyes and face from the onslaught of flies. There are a huge range of fly masks on the market that include ear and muzzle protection as well as eyes. Remember that fly masks can reduce your horse’s visibility so if you are using a fly mask for the first time check on your horse regularly to begin with to make sure that he/she is comfortable. You should also check your horse every day to make sure that they have not injured themselves under the fly mask.
If your horse lives out 24/7 then you may have a field shelter for them to use to get away from the midday sun. It’s a good idea to check the shelter regularly to make sure that it has not become damaged and that there are no nails sticking out that may injure your horse. A great way to provide extra natural protection is to leave any cobwebs in place as they act as convenient fly traps.
If you are at all concerned about your horse or pony always contact your vet who will be able to treat your horse accordingly. If you do not have a vet make sure you use a veterinary practice that is registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Some vets specialise in different areas for instance the practices at Village Vet specialise in veterinary care for pets so it’s always a good idea to check if your local vets do treat horses.