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        10-12-2010, 10:52 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Question about cross country phase???

    So I am signed up for my first full horse trials (i have done a combined test before) and just have a quick question:)
    My horse is in shape but she is definitely going to be really tired after cross country. This wouldnt be so bad but now it looks like the temperature is going to be around 80-90 degrees and she already has a full winter coat (although I did give her a trace clip). Is it better to walk them out a little before rinsing them off or should I rinse her off right away and then walk her until she is dry with a rug on?
    Also, I have the same question for if it ends up being cold? (you never know what the weather is going to be like here:(
    Thanks!
         
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        10-13-2010, 06:55 AM
      #2
    Started
    Rinse her off right away - that's the fastest way to bring their core temperature down. Make sure you wet the big veins that run down the neck and legs.

    That whole "cold water shocks their system" has been disproved many, many times.

    If it's cold, throw a cooler on her and walk, walk, walk :)

    Good luck!
         
        10-13-2010, 07:05 AM
      #3
    Foal
    If its going to be really that hot then What I do with my horses when its boiling I rinse them down with cold but not freezing water, then get a sprayer and spray them with luke warm water then sweatscrape and put a cooler sheet on to dry her off :) I hope this helped and good luck with your cross country!
         
        10-13-2010, 07:06 AM
      #4
    Foal
    P.s if it ends up being cold, don't rinse her off but spray her with the water and then towel dry and put a cooler rug on :)
         
        10-13-2010, 05:58 PM
      #5
    Trained
    If it is really hot, make sure to rinse/scrape off, rinse/scrape off several times. If you just rinse once, the hot horse combined with a full coat will just heat the cold water and actually make them more hot.

    If it's cold, throw a cooler on. Either way, walk him out for a good 15 minutes preferably until dry.
         
        10-16-2010, 11:55 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Thanks everyone, that was really helpful!!!
         

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