Shelbyville Equine Insurance: Avoiding Summer Health Hazards

Shelbyville Equine Insurance: Avoiding Summer Health Hazards Knoxville Equine Insurance Avoiding Summer Health Hazards

Summertime can be a challenging time for horse keepers as many health and safety challenges emerge through the warm summer weather. The summer heat can create harsh working and living conditions for equines.

Dehydration is one of the primary concerns for working horse throughout the summer. A typical horse will drink up to ten gallons of water a day, on hot days the amount could be greater, especially for working horses that are exerting a lot of energy. Making sure that there is amply access to fresh cool water supplies is essential to the health and wellbeing of your horses. Furthermore, understanding the signs and symptoms of dehydration can be the difference between life and death when it comes to equestrian health. Recognizing the signs early gives you the chance to revive a fatigues horse. Dehydrated and overheated horses will often start heaving and panting heavily, exhibit changes in behavior or temperament and lethargy. One of the easiest methods of deciphering if a horse is dehydrated is by pinching the skin along the back of a horse’s neck between your thumb and index finger and watching the time it takes for the skin to rebound. If it takes longer than a few seconds for the skin the recede back in place the horse is lacking water and should be given access to an ample supply immediately. Contacting an equestrian physician is always a good precaution as well.

Additional summer hazards include sunburns and parasites. Horses are highly vulnerable to skin conditions including over exposure to the sun. White horses in particular run high risks of developing sunburns which can turn into sores and become infected if untreated. Applying sunblock to a horses coat can help prevent inflammation and irritation cause by over exposure to the sun. Flies, worms, flees, tick and other parasites all pose a great threat to horses in the spring and summer when these pests are more active and prevalent. The University of Tennessee’s Veterinary Medical Center no longer recommends traditional preventative parasite treatment methods, instead they recommend focusing efforts on known hazards and parasites already present. Discussing a parasite prevention plan with a veterinarian is highly recommended to insure the health of your horses.

At Barnes Equine Insurance Agency, we offer comprehensive Shelbyville Equine Insurance policies for a to help protect your equestrian assets. Our Farm and Equine Insurance policies are specifically designed to fit the unique needs of horse keepers from horse mortality coverage to ranch policies. For more information about our programs give us a call today at (866) 733-5424.

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