Heat Wave!!!!!

A heatwave is expected to turn Sydney’s spring on its head this Saturday with temperatures forecast to soar past 36 degrees Celsius in parts of the city.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said Richmond and Penrith — in Sydney’s west — would be over 30C for the next four days, peaking on Saturday. Meanwhile, in western New South Wales, temperatures in the towns of Bourke and Brewarrina are forecast to hit 40C on Saturday. Sydney’s CBD is tipped to reach 33C on Saturday, while 29C is expected in Bondi.

BoM duty forecaster Mohammed Nabi said the heatwave could break records.

If we do get to 40C, it will be the first time that NSW has seen a 40 degree temperature in September,”

“Those temperatures are well above the September averages. We’re talking in excess of 10 degrees above the average maximum for many parts of the state.”

The NSW Rural Fire Service is expected to place total fire bans on some aeas of the state as the heat sets in. 

What can you do for your horse??!!!

Managing horses during hot weather can be a challenge for horse owners. Extra care during hot weather in order to decrease stress and maintain health and well-being of the horse is vital and can be achieved through application of Equi-ice to your horses daily routine.

Normally, horses cool themselves by sweating. Evaporation of sweat from the skin surface has a cooling effect. Equi-Ice can make this process so much quicker! A horse that is working hard in a hot environment can lose a staggering 7 to 15 litres of sweat per hour. In times area’s with high humidity less evaporation occurs making it harder for the horse to cool itself

Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can result in heat stress, heat stroke, and complications such as dehydration, muscle spasms, and even colic. Overheating can result from hot weather, high humidity, poor barn ventilation, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, excessive work, transportation, or obesity. Prevention is better than cure so if you are feeling the heat this coming week your horse will be too!