Equines and Summer Heat

Hydration is particularly important during the summer.
Hydration is particularly important during the summer.

With high temperatures and high humidity we can put our horses at risk when we ride. Long summer days give us lots of daylight hours, but the summer also brings a lot of heat. Fresh, cool, clean water is always of utmost importance in the summer, and cooling off our equines should also be a priority. Can it, however, be too hot to ride? Yes! Riding in heat indexes exceeding 180′ can be dangerous for you and your horse, donkey, or mule. 

The following is a guideline to use when we ride.

Determine the Heat Index for Horses using the following formula:

Temperature (F) plus % humidity minus wind speed.

Example:    Temperature 97 degrees (F)

+ Humidity    80 percent

Index        177

Minus wind speed     10 MPH

Total index    167

Index less than 130, no restrictions assuming adequate hydration

Index 131-165, use caution, some cooling procedures should be available such as utilizing shade, being able to rinse with a cool bath. Use electrolytes.  Riding limited to 4 hours

Index 166-180, use extreme caution, electrolytes should be administered often, shade and cooling rinse should be sought ASAP.  It is recommended this index range be avoided if at all possible. If not, maximum 2 hours

Index over 180, DO NOT RIDE!

BVDRC News

Meetings are every month on the second Thursday. The EVENING meetings (6 pm) are held on EVEN months. The LUNCH meetings (noon) are held on ODD months. They are held at the IHOP on Earl Rudder Fwy. BUT, please check the calendar before attending because some monthly meetings are held during weekend events instead.

2018 Officers

President: Mike Dodd

Vice President: Lisa Robertson

Secretary: Christi Hendricks

Treasurer: Lee Fuermann

Board Members At Large: Tess Villareal, Penny Thomas, and Cat Cook

Horsemen’s Market Day

Save the Date:

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Come out to the Brazos County Expo Complex-East Pavilion

Address: 5927 Leonard Rd
Bryan, TX 77807

Doors open at 8am for shoppers and close at 2pm.

Buy, Sell, and Trade All Things Equine!

No live animals on site.

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