n The 4th of July means fireworks in many
n After working your horse, remove tack
areas. If you’re not sure how your horse will
react to the noise or lights, check on him reg-
ularly and be ready to assist if he’s troubled.
n To beat the heat, adjust your horse’s turn-
out schedule if possible. Overnight turnout is
best, but early morning hours are good, too.
n Be sure your horse has some shade dur-
ing the day. A simple run-in shed is adequate.
Large trees can provide good shade, but it
will shift as the sun moves.
as soon as possible and use a cool-water hose
and scraper until he has cooled off.
n Happy Independence Day! Celebrate
your freedom with a no-agenda ride.
n To counter the effects of hot weather,
see if you can adjust your training focus. By
this time of year, you and your horse are a
well-oiled team. Experiment with maintain-
ing fitness and training levels without long
n Plan training sessions for cooler parts of
the day, such as early morning or after sunset.
n Offer water after a schooling session and
allow your horse to drink freely. Monitor your
horse’s consumption of water; six to 10 gallons of
water per day is average in cooler weather. In the
hottest months combined with rigorous training, a
horse’s water consumption can double.
n If you can store a year’s worth of hay,
order it now. It helps to use the same hay
supplier each year so they anticipate your
needs and you know the quality you’ll