The Perks and Pitfalls Of Working With Horses In Summer


Summer is finally here. Although we had a mild winter here in New Jersey, many prayed for warm weather. And June has been unseasonably cold until the recent heat wave in July. The temperature soared from 65 degrees to 98 degrees in a matter of a day- and no one was ready. Especially my dogs, and the horses.

It got me thinking, equestrians all wish for warm weather until we have it. So what are the perks and pitfalls of working with horses in summer?

Perks

Riding Outdoors

Valley at Lancaster Equestrian Stables

Not all equestrians are lucky enough to have an indoor riding arena, it’s true. My barn has a Kentucky-style indoor with outside track. It’s pretty cool but difficult to navigate my very large friend, Delight. Especially in his ground-eating canter. So I look forward to riding him outside as much as possible where I can really open him up and get him to extend.

Trail Rides

My favorite thing. We are fortunate to have almost 500 acres available to us. So when the weather is too hot to ride (or just because) we take a cool, leisurely trek through the woods. Playing in the stream is encouraged.

Bathtime

What is cuter than a wet horse evading a hose? A horse playing with the water and really enjoying himself. Then you have the perks of grazing your horse to let them dry a little bit before putting them back in the paddock or in their stalls.

Spooky Horses are Lazy

How many of you have spooky horses that cannot be bothered in summer? Like it’s too much effort to even look at that log so they just give up and plod by perfectly.

No Blankets

We all know the trials and tribulations of having to change blankets or rugs all winter long. Does he need the sheet, the medium, or the heavy? A combination to avoid rubs or because it’s hellishly cold? Summer means beautifully naked horses in all their magnificent glory.


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