Natural Horse Care Options for Heat Stroke in Horses
With temperatures on the rise across the US, heat stroke in horses can become a real concern for horse owners. Here at Equine Essential Wellness, we experienced the concern ourselves with a horse at our facility this week. For that reason, we have decided to feature heat stroke in horses as the topic of the week. For this Weekly Essential Post, we will share the essential oils we like to use to reduce the risk of a horse experiencing heatstroke, as well as support a horse that might be experiencing heatstroke.
Essential Oil Options in Time of Concern of Heat Stroke-
- Peppermint essential oil is a great option for giving a cooling effect and bringing comfort during the heat and stressful conditions. Place a couple of drops of a therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil in a bucket of cool/cold water and sponge the horse down. If the horse is going to remain in the sunlight, focus primarily on the chest, legs, neck, and areas that are not as directly in the sunlight.
- Citrus Fresh Young Living Blend is a great option to encourage hydration. You can offer it in water but often times in a grain ration or cookie is a more effective way to utilize this blend for your horse. Make sure to always provide a water source free of additives and essential oils if you do choose to offer some in water. You do not want to raise the risk that your horse will not drink because the water has additives or essential oils. Allowing your horse to smell the oil off your hands or the bottle is great too. One of my personal horse’s is very sensitive and often prefers the aromatic option of essential oils.
Signs of Heat Stroke in Horses
To help you spot possible heatstroke in your horse here are some things to watch for: stumbling, lying down, rapid pulse, erratic pulse, heavy breathing, restlessness, fever or elevated body temp, collapsing, lethargy, excessive sweating, muscle contraction, and spasm.
For the horse here at our facility, she was just very lethargic and started to stumble around. Catching it quicker or better yet supporting the horse before they get to that point is best to prevent serious health issues or concerns. Now that we are aware this particular horse is more sensitive to the heat, extra precautions are taken to ensure we reduce the risk of it happening again.
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