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Your summer survival guide
The summer months are great – longer days, warmer temperatures, nice sleek summer coats.. However it does also bring about it’s own set of problems when trying to keep a horse comfortable.
With increased sunlight, brings increased sunburn. And not to mention those frustrating flies!
Make sure your horse is protected from the suns harmful UV rays, especially if they have sensitive pink skin. Our comfortable Field Relief Max Fly Mask provides over 70% UV protection and features a detachable nose piece to cover those pigmented muzzles, while keeping those pesky horse flies at bay. Making sure that your horse also has access to shade in the form of trees, or other natural shelters, or field shelters will give him the opportunity to take a break from the sun if he needs it.
The Field Relief Fly Rug covers horses from head to tail with a lightweight but durable mesh, featuring a stretch hood, bell flap and long tail flap.
Working hard, breathing hard.
Riding in the middle of the day could result in your horse having to work extra hard because of the heat. Try riding at either end of the day in the morning or evening to avoid him getting too hot. Remember – when horses sweat they lose electrolytes, which are important to help the correct functioning of nerves and muscles. There are many other situations where horses may need extra electrolytes, like travelling or when they receive low forage diets. Always make sure your horse has access to fresh, clean water.
The summer shakes.
Head shaking affects all breeds, all ages, mares, stallions & geldings. There are over 60 known causes of headshaking, including ear, eye and respiratory problems, which makes a veterinary visit all the more important.
A large proportion of head shakers only have symptoms from March to October – deeming them ‘seasonal headshakers’. Seasonal headshakers can show signs of nasal irritation, which could be mistaken for Summer Pasture-Associated RAO or Hay Fever, however with headshaking there would not be an allergic reaction.
However some horses may just get easily irritated in summer, whether it be from flies, midges, sun or even the wind and react by throwing their head around! Our Net Relief Muzzle Net was designed to help these horses. Clinical trials were held at De Montfort University and it was seen that the Muzzle Net improved the symptoms of 79% of horses. Top Tip – try combining the Net Relief Muzzle Net with the Net Relief Riding Mask.
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