Do horses like the desert heat? I get this question often from both my equestrian clients and new potential desert residents as we drive by pastures with horses. My answer? An emphatic YES! There are always exceptions, such as senior horses, babies, or sick ones, but most horses love the heat and get really bloomy in the summers. If you’re looking to buy or sell land, ranches or residential, give Kim Kelly a call at 760-285-3578.
Believe it or not, the coachella valley is very busy with clients looking to buy and sell their desert properties in the heat of the summer. We commonly have 110 degrees and up during June, July and August and sometimes into September! What do the horses do? I’ve found the horses often are lying down in the direct sun on the hot sand even when they have shade covers!
Always have plenty of fresh water, trace mineral blocks for free access, electrolytes daily. If you exercise them in the heat and sometimes humidity, be sure they can recover fully. We play summer polo early in the morning, but it’s still hard on them. Tie them in the shade, let them drink as much water as soon as they want, and once they are cool and breathing comfortably, hose them off. Put fans in their stalls. Be smart and your horses will love their summers in the desert. Take a tour of this great farm for sale!