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Cooling Tips for Horses, Dogs, and You

With record breaking heat covering much of the country this month, it’s a good time to seek out cooling tips for horses — not to mention for your dogs and your human companions. In addition to traditional cooling methods like, fans, AC or swimming, you can also find cooling relief from foods. In Ayurvedic medicine, foods are categorized as cooling, warming, and neutral.

In Ayurveda, summer represents the dosha Pitta (warming).  To counteract the warming qualities of Pitta, we look for cooling and neutral foods.  This does not mean completely changing your horse or your dog’s diet, however you can either add cooling and neutral foods, or remove warming foods from their diet.

Cooling Tips for Horses and Dogs: The Big Role Foods Play




BioStar US Equine Supplements

FRUITS: sweet apples, sliced mango, melons, papaya, watermelon

VEGETABLES: celery, cucumber, kale, parsley, pumpkin, squash, zucchini

NUTS/SEEDS: almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds

HERBS: basil, fennel, mint, turmeric, sea salt

OILS:  coconut oil, camelina oil, hemp seed oil

FRUITS: sour apples, bananas, kiwi

VEGETABLES: raw carrots, beet greens, garlic, corn, peanuts

OTHER: table salt, paprika, molasses, vinegar


BioStar US Canine Supplements

MEATS: buffalo, chicken and turkey (white meat only), freshwater fish, rabbit

DAIRY: eggs, cow’s milk, goat’s milk, ghee, yogurt (plain), cottage cheese, non-aged cheese

FRUITS: Blueberries, blackberries, sweet apples, sliced mangoes, melons, papaya, watermelon

NUTS/SEEDS: almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds

HERBS: basil, fennel, mint, turmeric, sea salt

VEGETABLES: celery, cucumber, kale, parsley, pumpkin, squash, zucchini

GRAINS: quinoa, oats

OILS: coconut oil, flaxseed oil, sunflower oil, camelina oil, hemp seed oil

FRUITS: sour apples, bananas, kiwi

VEGETABLES: raw carrots, beet greens, garlic, corn, peanuts

MEATS: beef, duck, saltwater fish, lamb, dark meat turkey, salmon

DAIRY: hard cheese

OILS: corn oil, safflower oil

OTHER: table salt, paprika, molasses, vinegar


But wait, my horse loves carrots and bananas

You might try feeding fewer carrots and bananas during the hot weather. However, if your horse loves carrots and bananas, balance their heating properties with other cooling foods like pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

pumpkin seeds | Cooling Tips for Horses and Dogs | BioStar US

Pumpkin seeds are considered a “cooling food” in Ayurvedic medicine.

Isn’t salt, salt?

If you are wondering why sea salt is OK but not table salt, it’s because sea salt isn’t just sodium chloride, it also contains the 72 trace minerals that exist in sea water. The high content of trace minerals makes it more balancing (neutral) than table salt.

What about metabolic horses?

For metabolic horses in the summer, clearly you would not want to feed watermelon, or any of the high sugar fruits. Instead you could try sliced summer squash and zucchini. I have two easy keepers who think those foods are the “bees knees.”

Specific Ayurvedic balancing foods

GooseberryAmalaki, also known as Indian Gooseberry is called “the sustainer” for its cooling abilities and capacity to strengthen the immune system.  It is one of the most revered plants of all the rasayanas (path of essence) due to its rejuvenating and nourishing properties.

shilajit powderShilajit, also called “conqueror of mountains, destroyer of weakness” in Sanskrit, is a resin formed during the late Triassic period when geological shifts in the continents caused plants and ammonites (extinct marine mollusks from the Cretaceous period) to be trapped under sediment and rock, particularly in the Himalayas, the Caucasus mountains, the Altai Mountains, and the mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan. It is considered rejuvenating and part of the rasayanas that promote health and balance. You won’t find shilajit on most lists of cooling tips for horses and dogs, but you should.

Cooling BioStar Formulas

Cool Star EQ for horses | BioStar USCool Star EQ: provides an Ayurvedic blend of herbs, fruits, vegetables and seeds to help cool the equine body system.


Alixir EQ paste | BioStar USAlixir EQ: comprehensive recovery paste for horses with the Ayurvedic resin shilajit.


Tri Dosha EQ | BioStar USTri Dosha EQ: provides the Ayurvedic rasayana plant Indian Gooseberry (Amalaki) to support equine metabolic balance.



Ayurvedic Tips for Keeping Your Own Cool

Ayurvedic Brahmi Oil is often recommended during summertime.  Massage this oil into your feet in the evening to help “ground your energy and draw the heat down.”  I’ve been using this oil on my feet for a few days, and I am definitely sleeping better.

Make your own cooling spritzer with ½ ounce distilled water, ½ ounce rose water or rose hydrosol, and 4-6 drops of lavender or roman chamomile essential oil.  Mix together and spray yourself as needed.

Sleep on your right side to open your left nostril.  This corresponds to the ida nadi, a subtle energy channel that corresponds to the cooling moon.

Stress aggravates Pitta, and extreme heat can lead to even more stress.  Bring laughter into your life, which is cooling.  When needing to give myself some laughter medicine, I’ll seek out an old Seinfeld episode, animation, or YouTube videos of Robin Williams, Chris Rock, or Richard Pryor.

Cooling Tips for Horses, Dogs, and You | BioStar US

Stay Cool Everyone!



Tigger Montague | BioStar USAbout the Author: With over 30 years experience in the equine and human supplement industry, Tigger Montague knows nutrition from the synthetic side as well as the whole food side. She started BioStar US in 2006 with formulas she created in her kitchen.  Before she started the company, she was an avid rider and competitor with eventing and show jumping, until she got hooked on dressage in the late 1980’s.  She has competed on horses she’s owned and trained all the way from training level to Grand Prix.

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