Summer is here in South Dakota and with it comes our hot summer sunny days. While this means fun days trail riding and swimming at the pool, it also means that both your horse and you could easily get sick from overheating. If not properly managed, a horse could easily get into trouble with dehydration, weakness, colic, poor exercise tolerance- even heatstroke. But you can help them!
Here are some measures you can take:
With really bad conditions, consider one of the following:
This is our recipe if you want to make your own:
GSH Summer Ice Treats: In a 1-gallon bucket mix 1 cup of brown sugar and enough warm water to dissolve the sugar. Add cut up apples or carrots or both. Top off the bucket with more water. Freeze until solid. Tip upside down and run hot water over the bucket until the ice treat falls out and serve to the horses!
Make your own ice treats to cool YOU down! Add these awesome ice cubes to your own water for a refreshing summer treat! All you need is an ice cube tray, some fresh fruit and water!
Fruit Ice Cubes: Cut up your favorite fruit and add 1-2 to each segment of the ice cube tray. We recomment fruits that hold up well in water such as berries, kiwi, lemons or oranges. Add water or your favorite juice. Freeze till solid. Add to water when you are hot and it will flavor your water as it melts!
The July Hands-On activity will be Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Activities will depend on weather but expect grooming, bathing, and probably riding. We will meet at the gas station at the Humboldt, SD exit off of I-90 between 12:45 and 1:00 and head to the farm together. Hands-On Memberships are $36 per year (now $24 for the rest of 2016!) and allow you to attend up to 8 Hands-On Sessions a year. If you aren't a Hands-On Member, you can join us for a Hands-On Activity for $5 per child per session.