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Tips from the Top: Simple Tricks to Keep Your Horses Happy All Summer Long

By Kimberlyn Beaudoin

Each season brings a new set of challenges to the equestrian world. Though the summer often allows for pleasant riding conditions in many parts of the world, it also brings its own set of obstacles. Summer can mean bugs, fungus, and extreme heat. So, how do equestrians tackle these issues and keep things moving forward in a comfortable, productive way? We researched some of the best tips and tricks for keeping your four-legged friends happy and healthy during these sunny months.

 

Tip #1

Did you get to the horse show and discover that your horse isn’t drinking? Take them for a 10-15-minute graze, they will almost always come back to the box ready to down a bucket of water!    - Michelle Brady, Top Dressage Groom

Tip #2

Watermelon is a great tasty snack for your horse in the hot weather and can help to hydrate your trusty steed!    - Michelle Brady, Top Dressage Groom

Tip #3

In hot weather always keep a small bucket of water handy at ringside with a towel and sweat scraper. This is going to come in handy to cool off your charge before and after their time in the limelight!    - Michelle Brady, Top Dressage Groom

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Tip #4

Flies are always a problem in the hot weather. Keeping a healthy supply of your favorite fly spray handy will ensure your horse a good time in the ring and out in the field.    - Michelle Brady, Top Dressage Groom

Tip #5

Washing horses with Cavalor CoolSens is a great way to soothe the muscles- as it’s a liniment in wash form that they typically love!    - Sean Lynch, Head Groom to International Show Jumper Daniel Deusser

Tip #6

You can never go wrong with a cloth and curry comb. In the cloth bucket put a little dish soap, baby oil, and a bit of fly spray. This really helps remove dirt, and keeps the horses clean and fly-less.    - Sean Lynch, Head Groom to International Show Jumper Daniel Deusser

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Tip #7

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! To keep your horses hydrated, add a scoop of electrolytes to their dinner each night. If they’re picky eaters, try adding Gatorade into their water instead!    - Kimberlyn Beaudoin, Founder of KTB Creative Group

Tip #8

HandsOn Grooming Gloves are life savers if you want to spend some extra time scratching any itches that your horses may have! They are comfortable, and cover more ground than a regular curry comb. They’re also extremely flexible, and softer, so you can reach all of the hard-to-itch spots comfortably and without irritating the skin.    - Kimberlyn Beaudoin, Founder of KTB Creative Group

Tip #9

Make sure that your horse always has a clean sheath, or hind-end. If these spots are dirty it can lead to itching and discomfort!    - Kimberlyn Beaudoin, Founder of KTB Creative Group

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Tip #10

Horses need sunscreen, too! One of our favorite products is Healthy HairCare Sunflower Suncoat SPF Spray. This spray provides effectiveness against sun damage and physical degradation from UV-A radiation, while an additional select sun blocker adds protection from UV-B radiation. It also repairs bleached, burned, and sun-damaged hair, while maintaining the natural, true color of your horse's coat, mane, and tail.     - Kimberlyn Beaudoin, Founder of KTB Creative Group

Tip #11

Hoof care should always be a top priority. Avoid dry, cracked hooves by conditioning regularly, all summer long.    - Kimberlyn Beaudoin, Founder of KTB Creative Group

Tip #12

Make sure you are regularly washing all of your wraps, girths, boots, and saddle pads throughout the summer months to avoid the growth of fungus and control bacteria that may be detrimental to the health of your horses.   - Kimberlyn Beaudoin, Founder of KTB Creative Group

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Tip #13

Daily grooming is essential to promote overall wellness and good health. A good grooming session increases blood flow to the skin's surface, massages large muscle groups, and brings dirt to the surface to be cleaned away to prevent summer skin issues. Pay attention to the brushes your equine partner enjoys the most and use them. Each horse likes different textures, bristles of brushes and firmness of grooming tools. Find out what your horse enjoys the best and use them! And always remember you are doing more that just making your equine partner nice and clean. Each grooming session is like a mini massage.  - Meghan Brady,  Equine Massage Therapist