Sunny summer days are perfect for enjoying some quality time with your fave pony, but when the temperature rises you’ll need to take extra care to make sure he stays happy, healthy and comfortable.
Your pony will enjoy feeling the warmth of the sun on his back when he’s out in the field, but if it gets really hot he’ll prefer to stand somewhere cool. It’s super-important that he has plenty of shade, which could be a field shelter or hedges and trees that cast large shadows.
The other option is to stable him during the day, then turn him out in the evening when it’s cooler. If he’s stabled in the daytime, make sure the sun doesn’t shine directly into his face when he looks out over the door. If so, move him to a shadier spot.
Slip, slap, slop
You wouldn’t go out in the sun unprotected and it should be the same for your fave pony, too. If he has a pink nose or pink skin on his legs or body he’ll be at risk of sunburn. You can buy sunblock designed for ponies, or use a high-factor children’s suncream or spray.
Some fly masks and rugs have built-in UV protection, which means they filter out some of the sun’s harmful rays. They can help protect your pony’s face and body from sunburn.
Did you know? Dark coloured coat hair can be bleached by the sun, but a UV fly rug will help stop this happening.
Working up a sweat
Sweating is a natural process that helps your pony cool down, but he’ll lose water that needs to be replaced through drinking. Sweat also contains important body salts called electrolytes and these should be replaced, too. You can do this by giving him a salt lick or adding an electrolyte supplement to his feed if he’s working hard.
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