STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) -- The blistering heat is hard on us, but we can always get some relief by blasting the AC. Farm animals aren't so lucky.
News 8's Tina Detelj spoke to some experts at UConn who tell us what you can do to keep your horses calm and cool.
There's a reason the lights are low and the fans are on at UConn's horse barn.
The fans are blowing to keep the horses cool. They may look strong, but they are just as susceptible to heat stress as any person is.
"In some cases if it's not caught in time they can actually die from heat stress, older horses particularly," said John Bennett, UConn Horse Unit Supervisor.
Bennett says they take precautions at UConn to keep the horses healthy. In each stall they have pails of water refilled four times a day.
On a normal day horses can drink between 10 and 15 gallons of water and on a hot day up to 20. So they have a 150 gallon tank for the horses kept outside.
There are about 30 of them and they have three sided sheds and nearby trees where they can get relief from the hot sun.
"It's not uncommon to go by there in the middle of the afternoon and they'll all be congregated under the shelter for the shade," Bennett said.
Bennett hopes all horse owners provide the same protections from the dehydrating heat. One July a horse there showed signs of heat stress while at a show. She was immediately put in the shade and doused with water.
"I've been here for 26 years. We have not had a problem with heat stress," Bennett said.
Bennett reminds folks horses are really just very large pets, so they need to be taken care of just the same.
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