Today it got to 95F with a heat index near 100, and tomorrow is supposed to be the same, with intense sun. I turned the horses out this morning shortly after 4 a.m. - the mosquitos were fierce - and mine came in at around 10 a.m. At lunchtime, Pie was unhappy - eyes closed, pawing, not sweating much but just miserable. He's got a fan, but it's small and mounted high and doesn't move much air. I immediately hosed him off with cold water, and ran out to the hardware store to get him an additional box fan - it was the last one in the store. He seemed to really appreciate it and perked right up and started eating hay. Late this afternoon I took him up to his paddock to drink - he doesn't like to drink in his stall - and he had a huge drink - 32 swallows - yes, I counted. I picked stalls and groomed all three horses - and got 6 ticks off various parts of Dawn - she seems to be a tick magnet. Drift enjoyed being in the barn aisle and talking to all the mares, who were nickering back at him - I wish they wouldn't encourage his dreams of studliness.
The horses will be fed later this evening, and then at around 9 p.m. they'll be turned out, and Charisma and Pie will go out to their paddocks with hay. Then Jill, Scout's owner, will bring in and feed at about 8 a.m. and the horses will go back into their stalls for most of the day. After tomorrow, the weather's supposed to really cool off - I can't wait and I expect the horses will be happy too, although they're good about just dealing with whatever comes up - we could all learn from them.