Summertime Shade and Shelter for Horses

Are your horses covered?

With careful planning and consideration you’ve built the perfect shelter for your horses. You look out to their pasture and admire its optimal design and placement. You look over to your horses. They are not in the shelter. Rain or shine, day or night, your horses are standing out in the elements, quite happily, no less, and completely impervious to all the trouble you have gone to on their behalf.

Familiar though this scenario may be, it’s still important to provide shelter for horses, says Karyn Malinowski, PhD, director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Whether it’s a natural windbreak provided by the terrain, shade from a tree, or rain refuge by a man-made structure, there are times when horses do seek and use shelter

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