7.If you see your horse in the mornings, apply fly repellent to her coat to help keep flies at bay during the day. Some horses are bothered by gnats or midges on their bellies in the summer, so spread a gooey medicine or fly repellent on her tummy every morning. If you can’t spray her every day, consider applying a spot-on treatment that repels flies for around 14 days.
8.If you spot buckets with dirty water in them dump them out. If you have old tires that collect water in them toss them out. Fix leaky faucets. Standing water makes ideal breeding areas for mosquitoes and these pests can give your horse a disease called the West Nile Virus.
9.Scrub out water buckets regularly because they can get slimy from algae.
10.If you keep your horse inside during the day, buy a fan to hang in her stall. A fan helps keep her cool and it moves air around which cuts down on the flies and mosquitoes that bother your horse. Ask a horsey adult to show you how to hang up the fan safely. Make sure your horse can’t chew on the electrical cord.
11.When you ride in hot weather, be aware of your horse’s behavior. If she starts heaving or sounds like she’s having trouble breathing, she may be overheated. Untack her immediately and hose her down with cool water. If she seems sick call your veterinarian. Warm up your horse gradually in hot weather and walk her around for five or 10 minutes after each workout to cool her down.
12.Know how to spot when your horse is dehydrated. It’s easy—do a “pinch test.” Pinch your horse’s skin between your thumb and index finger and then let go. If the skin stays pinched for more than a second, she’s probably dehydrated and she needs to drink water right away. You should probably call the vet too because she may be sick.
13.Always keep a salt block in your horse’s pasture so she can lick it when she likes. Salt is an essential mineral that a horse loses when she sweats. A horse may sweat a lot in the summer, especially when she’s ridden, so she must be able to lick a salt block whenever she wants. You can buy salt blocks at the feed store.