Shetland Ponies in the Extreme Heatwave

Join Rosemary to find out how the Shetland Ponies coped in the extreme heatwave.

It’s getting hotter at The Ranch and there’s a heatwave predicted for the next three days. We’ve had to close The Ranch because we can’t ride in this heat. The temperature is predicted to go to up to 40 degrees Celsius!

Shetland ponies prefer cold weather, so we have to work out how to keep the ponies cool.

To help the Shetlands cope in the extreme heatwave we took extra precautions:

  • Extra fresh water sources in the ponies’ fields
  • Placing buckets of water in shady areas for the ponies
  • Hose pipe training, getting the ponies used to being hosed down with cold water
  • Putting out hay in shady areas under the trees, so the ponies don’t graze under the hot sun

Once the temperatures reached 40 degrees celsius, we were hosing down the ponies with cold water every two hours

We washed the dark ponies, Batman, Teddy Bear and Dreamcoat, as their coats absorb more heat in the sun. Elgin Sunset too, is old and therefore vulnerable in this extreme heat. By mid-afternoon the ponies were looking forward to their showers.

Finally, there was a rainbow at the end of the day, as the rains came and gave cool relief to the ponies.

Phew! The rains cooled The Ranch and the ponies were looking more active grazing around the fields in the evening. Well done ponies, we managed to beat the heat!

Watch the video to find out more: Shetland Ponies in the Extreme Heatwave

From Rosemary, the Shetland Pony Club Team and all the Shetland ponies

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