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post #11 of 18 Old 07-06-2013, 05:13 PM
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Good point phantom...maybe I am going more on the idea that the horse doesn't like getting doused in cold water when they are overly warm but I was working on the issue of a non-sweating vice a horse that is hot but sweating..wonder if the same rules apply? I thought there was something about areas that are safer to douse..something about legs and shoulders vice head (unless it is a major heat emergency)?
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post #12 of 18 Old 07-06-2013, 05:18 PM
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Good point phantom...maybe I am going more on the idea that the horse doesn't like getting doused in cold water when they are overly warm. I thought there was something about areas that can handle it as well..something about legs and shoulders vice head (unless it is a major heat emergency)?
Well I can tell you my mare would take great offense if I poured water over her head, but she doesn't mind a wet sponge.

I wonder if you are thinking about the places that veins are closest to the surface (insides of legs, front of the neck) being the best places to help with cooling. I have seen people with Morgans standing holding the whole bag of ice up against the underside of the neck (while others madly throw water on the rest of the horse) to help with cooling since the jugulars are such big vessels. Same thing with the femorals on the insides of the hind legs (amazing what out horses tolerate whn you think about it!!).

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The one place that I take Rikki has a creek, and I sponge him off as much as I can and I carry a jug of water with me on the saddle to douse his neck and shoulders with when I ride. He acts like I'm killing him.
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-08-2013, 07:43 PM
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My Horse used to live in Wyoming. After we moved him down here to SC the same thing happened to him. He stopped sweating all together. The vet Diagnosed him with Anhidrosis, which is basically the inability to sweat a lot, or not at all. Tried everything and it didn't work, until I started giving him beer. (Black and tan Yuengling) All it takes is 1 bottle a day and he sweats normally. He now does endurance successfully, so I believe you should be fine competing him, after you find out what is causing him not to sweat.
Also I've heard cases of horses having untreated ulcers not being able to sweat :)
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post #15 of 18 Old 07-09-2013, 03:19 PM
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hot water on a hot body can cause stroke and heart attacks. add some electrolytes.
one beer wont hurt a horse, if a normal human can consume a beer and not suffer from it, a horse should not, unless your horse has metabolic issues, diabetes etc.
I have a horse that will steal a beer or soda from your hands. I also had a dog that would steal beers. Dont be getting them drunk.
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post #16 of 18 Old 07-09-2013, 03:23 PM
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I had my former horse Red develop Anhydrosis. Ugh. It is a nasty condition. I tried EVERYTHING. A special recipe, Equiwinner Patches, One AC, Guinness Beer everyday.

The special recipe seemed to help the best. Equiwinner Patches not at all. I rehomed Red and they gave him barley which helped. That is what is in beer of course. I had to rehome him from that home and he is sweating somewhat but not great. I had the pleasure of having his new owner ride with hubby a few weeks ago.

I had an extra batch of Equiwinner Patches and sent them recently to a lady near Houston Texas when her horse stopped sweating. Thankfully she said this helped her horse and he was back to sweating. Doesn't work for all horses.

When I rode Red I hosed him off BEFORE riding him and scraped him off. I kept water to pour on him and a sponge to drop in any creeks we crossed and rode him right into the lake at times. At home, I kept him where he could get into a stall or walk at into a paddock at will. A fan on in his stall during the summer. He actually sweats normally during about 9 months out of the year. I would go to the barn and hose him off several times a day too.

Sorry you are having issues and if you would like the recipe of salt/sugar I gave him let me know.
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post #17 of 18 Old 07-09-2013, 04:16 PM
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I'm not going to say it isn't a medical or physical issue but it could be a mental one too. When a horse is nervous, anxious, or having to "think", they can get sweaty on their necks really bad. I've had horses that I've worked with that get sweaty when changing directions, backing and doing transitions a lot, or making them concentrate or "think". If I ride the same horse down the trail, they stop sweating or don't sweat as much.

It also could be that he is getting adjusted to change in humidity from where he was. There are times where I go outside just to have a smoke ( no lectures). I'll be just sitting there and sweat. If I get up and move around, I stop sweating or don't sweat as much.

You could have him checked out by a vet just to be sure. Or you can make sure he stays hydrated and watch for any other changes.
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The very little sweating thing doesn't seem to bother him any. He doesn't breath heavier than you would expect under work. He just doesn't sweat as much as my other two horses when they are worked, or as much as he did when I first got him. My parents think I'm paranoid : /
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