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4-H Animals Beat The Heat

pig at the fair

(Adam Pinsker, WFIU/WTIU News)

4-H members who are showing animals at this week’s Monroe County Fair are once again grappling with extreme heat.

While the barns are equipped with electric fans and water, keeping animals cool can still be a challenge. Jasmine Rollins has been showing horses in the 4H Horse and Pony Club at the fair since she was 8 years old.

“They obviously sweat just like humans do, but they will breathe a lot harder," she says. "And I usually, well everybody, knows their own horses limits just like you know your own personal body limits. So you have to make the decision to give your horse a break."

Rollins says animals can develop certain conditions if they don’t get the proper attention during hot weather. She keeps an eye out for colic with her horse.

“I just have to make sure that she has lots of water and if she’s really hot I have to make sure that she doesn’t colic, so I have to watch how much water I give her," she says. "Basically their guts twist if they get too hot, and then they eat and drink too much."

The fair runs through Sunday.

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