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Sun protection

In our sunny climate, your horse is going to need some form of shade.

Overheating may be more of a risk to horses than exposure to poor weather. This is because their large body size makes it difficult for them to cool down quickly, and digesting their high-fibre diet gives off a lot of heat.

A horse that becomes overheated will become very stressed, trying to seek shade.

If your horse has white areas, such as a white blaze, remember that your horse’s skin can burn. Your horse’s eyes are also at risk of sun damage, especially if the forelock doesn’t provide coverage.

Tip

  • A stable is likely to be too hot to provide comfortable shade in hot weather – provide a shaded area outside so your horse can get some relief.