To Do This Month: Manage Sunburn, Insects, and Shade

Use this month to get ready for summer’s horse-care challenges.

Sunburn: Plan to protect tender pink-skinned areas, particularly those on the face, with a face mask and/or sunblock lotion.

Parasite control: Warm moist weather increases parasite activity, so stay diligent with your deworming program. Also pick up and remove egg-harboring manure regularly from paddocks, pens, and pastures.

Insect control: Inventory and restock such supplies as insect repellents; feed-through fly controller; fly sheets, masks, and wrap; and insect traps. If you intend to use parasitic wasps (bugs that feed on fly larvae), order your supply.

Mineralized salt: Ensure an ample supply for all your horses, so they can replace critical minerals lost via sweating.

Water supply: Like you, horses require more water in hot weather than in lower temperatures. Make sure yours will have a continuous supply of water that’s fresh and clean.

Shade: Besides sheltering horses from the sun’s rays, shade also deters flies. Ensure that your horses have access to this form of protection.

What did you think of this article?

Thank you for your feedback!