In Phoenix, we're all going crazy and wishing we were anywhere else but here. As it is, though, the whole country seems to feel our misery and the best we can do is hope it will be a short summer. A short summer for us is September temps in the high 90s. Usually, we're looking clear through to Halloween before we get some relief.
Until then, it's nightime turnouts and afternoons in the stall for my horse. I have known of quite a few cases of colic this summer, more so than other summers it seems. When I see my horse sweating more than usual, I hose him off regularly and I give him a scoop of electrolite powder. I know that if he's sweating when he's in the stall in the afternoon we could be headed for a problem. Water. Water. Water. I keep it fresh and fill often.
Mosquitoes are a problem where I live, because we're so close to the canals and we do regular irrigations that invite them. That raises the misery index a notch because the horse no longer wants to go out on the pasture at night. We have to be diligent about worming. I just had the vet out on Friday because my horse has summer sores brought on by worms. We fret about founder because, often, the summer months and rich pasture bring it on. At a time when you'd think we could take the shoes off our horses because it's the least appealing time to ride, we don't dare. All that heat increases the risk of laminitas.
We try to take advantage of early morning rides when we can. We are on the trail by 5 am, which means feeding at 3:30 and on the road by 4:15. Quite a few of my friends have stopped riding altogether during the monsoon months, which is basically high temps with high humidity much like what the rest of the country is experiencing. I still ride, but it's only one or two days a week during these sweaty months.
When the calendar turns to October, it won't be soon enough for us.