Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Keep Cool and Carry On with the Household Cavalry

Over the last couple of weeks, England has been subjected to record-smashing high temperatures, which — apart from being an enormously concerning harbinger of further climate-change crises to come — certainly has an impact on how we look after our horses. We’ve seen our national governing bodies cancel competitions across the country, and riders opting to hack at the crack of dawn to get their horses exercised outside of the brutal heat of the day. For owners of leisure horses, it’s easy enough to cancel plans and spend the day cold-hosing — but for Britain’s working horses, keeping cool requires a bit of forward-planning. Check out how the Household Cavalry in London managed it with their stable full of hard-working horses.


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