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A proper cool down is always important, but with summer rides taking place in hot and often humid weather, your horse is more likely to become overheated while working. Make sure to keep an eye on the heat index (combination of temperature and humidity) and tailor your rides accordingly so both you and your horse exercise safely, and always keep an eye on your horse for signs of heat exhaustion, as this is a serious problem. After a ride, follow these general guidelines on how to cool down a horse to ensure your horse is safe and comfortable when you put him back in his stall or pasture this summer:

  1. Walking Cool Down – Spend roughly the last 10-15 minutes of your ride at the walk. Pay attention to how much your horse’s nostrils are flared and how fast his flanks move as he breathes. Bend down and feel his chest and shoulders to check for sweat, an obvious sign of being warm. You should walk until his breathing returns to normal. After you dismount, loosen his girth slightly for the walk back to the barn to make him more comfortable and to begin taking pressure off his back.
  2. Allow Access to Water – Once you’ve untacked, make sure you offer your horse a drink of water. Drinking cool water helps the horse’s temperature lower after a workout and helps avoid dehydration. Make sure to allow water in moderation until the horse is cooled down and breathing has returned to normal.
  3. Hose with Cool Water – Rinsing off a horse with cool water helps to lower his body temperature as heat is absorbed off his body into the water through conduction. Start with hosing his legs so he can become accustomed to the water temperature, then work your way up to his chest and shoulders and then the rest of his body. After hosing, remove excess water from the horse’s body with a sweat scraper. The water you scrape off the horse may feel hot or warm. If this is the case, hose him again and repeat the process until the water scraped off feels cool.
  4. Hand Walk or Graze in Shade – Putting a horse back into his stall while still wet can cause him to heat back up, particularly if the air is still. Allowing your horse to fully or partially dry outside in the shade or in the barn aisle with a fan is the best way to ensure your cooled off horse stays that way. Once his skin feels cool to the touch, he can safely be put back into his stall.
  5. Hold the Grain – While eating grass or hay after a workout is fine in most cases (but be cautious), grain should be held for a while until the horse is completely cool. Once your horse is cooled and breathing normally, grain should be fine. If you are unsure, consult with your veterinarian to determine when grain is ok to feed, and whether allowing grass and hay in the

HyperKewl

If your horse runs hot even when he’s not being exercised, or you live in a hot climate, a cooling blanket such as the HyperKewl™ Evaporative Cooling Horse Blanket can help provide relief while he’s relaxing and at rest. After being submerged in water for a few minutes and having the excess water rung out, this blanket will keep your horse cool for four to six hours.

There may be scenarios where your cool down procedure differs from these guidelines, but this is a great place to start to keep you & your furry friends safe and comfortable!


Because it is more difficult for animals to lose body heat, they suffer a lot quicker on hot days, since the only way for them to decrease their body temperature is through their tongue and the soles of their paws. Unlike humans, dogs and cats cannot regulate their body temperature by sweating, so they are more prone to heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Signs of heatstroke include rapid panting, weakness, red or pale gums, and thick sticky saliva. Age, fitness level and breed all can affect how well a dog does in the heat, but even a young, healthy and active dog can get overheated when it’s sunny and over ninety degrees.That is why many veterinarians explicitly advise: Prevention is better than cure. Check on your pet often on hot days, and keep him cool by:

  • Set them up with a HYPERKEWL Evaporative cooling dog vest and Cooling bed.
  • Keep him in the shade whenever possible.
  • Use a cage fan to provide a breeze.
  • Offer cooling surfaces for your pet, such as the Cool Bed  or a cooling or freeze a toy bone for him to chew.
  • Get an inexpensive child pool to let your dog take a refreshing dip.
  • Groom to remove loose hair to keep your pet more comfortable.
  • Providing fresh, cool water often, especially after activity; add ice cubes to the bowl.

Clearly, the summer heat and your pet’s safety is something to taken very seriously. What will work best for both you and your pet will vary from situation to situation and dog to dog, depending on your dog’s age, their health, their body size and hair, available shade, your ability to keep their water fresh and clean, actual temperatures, humidity levels and more. Remember: None replaces common sense. Know the early signs of heat exhaustion in dogs, such as heavy panting, restlessness or a “belled-out” tongue, and get your dog cool and inside before it gets worse.

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These products will prevent a rise in core temperature and  prevent your pet from suffering from the heat.


The temperature of Clothing can be dropped significantly through the phase transition of liquid water to water vapor (evaporation). The combination of unique fabrics used, creates a water management system. The unique HyperKewl Cooling fabric absorbs, stores and releases water within the multi-layered material. Water is released through evaporation, energy is consumed, and a chill effect is created. The HyperKewl Cooling fabric actually cools the body the same way the body cools itself through evaporation. When the vests are worn over a shirt or uniform – undergarments will remain dry due to the waterproof lining. The item will start cooling immediately and will stay cool for up to 4-10 hours depending on the airflow. HyperKewl™ (CE-certified) products utilizes a unique chemistry to achieve rapid absorption and stable water storage. The chemical formulation also creates enhanced evaporation. Users can expect the evaporative cooling fabric to provide temperatures that are 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the ambient temperature, depending on airflow.

Q: Is HyperKewlfabric safe?
A: Yes. It contains non-toxic polymer. See our MSDS under “Documents”.

Q: How does it work?
A: Our HyperKewl is sewn into the lining of all our garments. The special fabric absorbs water very quickly and releases it very slowly for extended cooling from evaporation.

Q: How long do I hydrate the garments?
A: 1-2 minutes.

  • Simply dunk the item in water for approximately 1 – 2 minutes
  • Gently squeeze out the excess water
  • Wear

 


 

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 Lets take care of our outside pets this summer!   Alright….so it’s that time of year again, where you’re sweating before you even open the front door. It’s super hot out right now and I bet our pets are feeling it just as much as we are. Well, problem solved! Different sizes of cooling dog vests, beds and even some sweet gear for your Horse. Check out the website for sizing and colors.photo-175-640-640-0

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P.s. Remember not to leave pets in the car when you’re not there. It’s an added 20 degrees inside a closed vehicle….Way too hot.


 

 

 


 

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Did you know there are earplugs for almost everything? Sleeping, traveling, Concerts, Work, Sports, Shooting and even Swimming ….WOW!  Mack’s Earplugs offers a variety of different style earplugs, literally something for everyone! Mack’s Ultra earplugs are great for loud concerts, motor sports, sleep, shooting sports, power tools, etc. (High noise reduction rating (NRR) of 32 decibels). Ladies- we didn’t forget, we have some for you too. Mack’s DreamGirl earplugs for sleeping (through the snoring), reading, loud events, music, travel, etc. (Noise reduction rating (NRR) of 30 decibels). Mack’s High Fidelity Earplugs are wonderful for musicians, concerts, jam sessions, nightclubs, sporting events, shop work, etc. they have Unique open-air membrane filter technology that ensures natural sound and comfort while reducing harmful noise (Noise reduction rating (NRR) 12 decibels). Includes 2 comfort tip sizes and 1 set of filters. There are SO many more to choose from, check it out!


 

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It may be hot but the fun doesn’t have to stop. We have plenty of personal cooling products to make it more comfortable to do the things you love with family and friends. Keep your head from burning up with one of our Evaporative Cooling Skull Caps (Provide 5-10 hours of cooling relief per soaking; lightweight and durable) or the Evaporative Cooling Baseball Cap (Provide 5-10 hours of cooling relief per soaking; lightweight and durable, includes mesh vents for air circulation). Check out the other color options, you might just find some other goodies that you like!