The sun is hot and the air is pristine, but what do you need to know to keep your horse clean, comfortable and cool this Summer?
Whether you are leisurely hacking at home, or cranking it up a notch competing actively in training and riding, Summer grooming is essential for the health and comfort of your horse.
Trim, Trim, Trim
Coat, Mane, and Tail care is an essential part of keeping your horse cool in hot weather. Regular clipping, especially for those with longer coats helps to release some heat and helps your horse cool down. Whilst some coat is important to provide insulation and protection from the sun, just be mindful of keeping it trim.
Keeping it Cool
Hosing off or sponging down at the end of a workout can be a rather refreshing relief from the heat and can help to remove any sweat and dirt! The Nettex No Rinse Washes are ideal for this…simply sponge over your horse, and either leave to dry or scrape using a sweat scraper. Of course, you can rinse off with a hose if you wish, but you don’t have to…it’s super easy! Available in either a cooling Peppermint to refresh and invigorate or calming Lavender to soothe and relax.
Keep Pesky Flies at Bay
Nettex Fly Repellent provides outstanding protection for up to 24 hours against biting flies and midges. They can be our worst nightmare at the best of times, so make sure you are always armed and ready for war with an effective Fly Repellent! With added conditioners & moisturisers as to not dry the skin and resulting in delayed evaporation, to repel for longer!
Even horses in light work need an electrolyte supplement during hot weather. A lack of energy & poor performance are the first signs that your horse is lacking in electrolytes, so don’t get caught out, Nettex Electrolyte Range have the solution in liquid & paste formulations that are fast-acting and very effective.
Healthy Summer Hooves
During the Summer months, it’s surprising to think that hooves are at risk of drying out & crumbling. Nettex Traditional Hoof Balm is ideal to maintain supple & strong hooves over the Summer months. A high quality, breathable balm to maintain elasticity and promote twinkly toes!
Incorporating these Summer grooming tips will assist you in being prepared for those long, hot Summer days. A happy and hydrated horse means he expends less energy to alleviate discomfort, making the rides enjoyable for you both!