The British Horse Society is issuing advice to horse owners during the September heatwave.
They advise that:
• Horses continually have access to water throughout the day;
• Any field with horses in should have plenty of shaded areas, otherwise horses can be left in the stable in the day and turned out overnight;
• When travelling on long journeys, horses should be given breaks from the heat of the horsebox. Air conditioning can also be bought for horseboxes.
The charity’s advice comes as UK weather this week is set to hit temperatures as high as 30C.
A BHS spokesperson said: “Horses are like us – they can dehydrate in the heat so it’s really important to make sure your horse has plenty of water and shade during this hot spell.
“If you see a horse in pain or suffering from the sun, please do call our welfare team or an animal rescue charity like the RSPCA.”
If you are concerned about a horse, the BHS welfare team can be contacted on 02476 840517.