Beat the heat

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Five ways to keep you and your pony cool on the yard

We’ve not had the sunniest of Summer’s this year, but temperatures are set to soar this week. Here are our top tips on how to keep you and your fave pony as cool as a cucumber…

  1. Say freeze

If you don’t have a freezer on the yard, take a cool box with you. It’ll stay cool for hours if kept out of the sun and you’ll love having a cold water bottle to rehydrate, rather than a luke-warm one!

  1. Good hair day

If your pony’s super-hairy, think about braiding his long mane into a running plait or four or five chunky ones. This’ll stop it from acting like a scarf! It might take a bit of time but it’s a real game changer when attempting to keep him cool. You might want to consider keeping your own hair up in a bun or ponytail, too, to keep cool while you ride.

  1. Close to hand

Those pesky flies haven’t disappeared yet, so keep a bottle of fly spray in the shade near your field gate. That way, if any of the ponies are bothered by the flies, you can give them a quick top-up to ensure around-the-clock protection.

  1. Wet your appetite

Giving your pony a sloppy mash is a great way to get some water into him if he’s not wanting to drink more than normal. You could also try putting carrots or apples in his bucket. But be sure to avoid soaking haynets and wetting feeds too far in advance. The heat will cause them to ferment – eww!

  1. AM to PM

Ride early in the morning or late in the evening on really warm days to avoid the hottest part of the day. Be sure to thoroughly wash him off after you’ve ridden. A no-rinse wash is ideal and will make him feel fresh as a daisy.

 

Did you know? 

When hosing your pony off, it’s been proven that the heat from his body transfers to the water through conduction, making it one of the quickest ways to cool him down. So, no more scraping off water after a wash-down!

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