Hot Summer Days and Your Horse

Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy your horse, but the season also comes with management challenges. In this prerecorded Q&A, we’ll answer your hot weather health questions about riding, bathing, hydration, and transportation. You’ll also learn the signs of heat exhaustion and how to protect your horse.
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Hot Summer Days and Your Horse
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Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy your horse, but the season also comes with management challenges. As ambient temperatures rise, so does your horse’s risk of overheating. Horse trailers can become sweltering, stalls stifling, and exercise dangerous.

During this hour, we’ll answer your hot weather health questions about riding, bathing, hydration, and transportation. You’ll also learn the signs of heat exhaustion and how to protect your horse.

About the Experts:

Jeanette ‚'Jay' Mero

Dr. Jay Mero

Jeanette ‚’Jay’ Mero, DVM, graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and then completed a large animal medicine and surgery internship at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. She spent 10 years in large animal practice in New York’s Finger Lakes region. In 2005, she and her family moved to Mariposa, California, where she established Mariposa Equine Services, a solo ambulatory equine practice. She’s been happily providing equine veterinary care in the foothills outside Yosemite National Park since 2006. One of the reasons Jay and her family moved to California was to become more involved in her greatest passion in life‚Äîbesides her family and her work‚Äîthe sport of endurance riding. Since arriving on the West Coast Jay and her family have logged thousands of endurance miles in competition. Mero has served as chair of the American Endurance Ride Conference’s Veterinary Committee since 2009.

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Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy your horse, but the season also comes with management challenges. In this prerecorded Q&A, we’ll answer your hot weather health questions about riding, bathing, hydration, and transportation. You’ll also learn the signs of heat exhaustion and how to protect your horse.7/13/2019 20:02

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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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