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    07-09-2013, 02:17 AM
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The lady I board with (her proporty) Has a ottb gelding that dose not sweat. Well he dose but its in small patches on his neck flank, between his legs and girth area. He wont sweat any where else. With it getting up to 119 im seriously concerned about him. The horse is panting and you can see all his veins bulging from being over heated, in his shaded brick stall. He gets hosed off 3 to 6 times a day to cool him off but its not enough. His owner is struggling with hay prices so she dose not have the $ to get One AC for him. Is there some magic home made remedy that someone has discovered? OR am I going to have to buy it for them (wither they like it or not lol)

These are pics after I hosed him down a couple of months ago (before it was this hot). Just to give you an idea of his over all condition.

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    07-09-2013, 02:58 AM
Id see if the evaporative cooling lasts longer if you wet a stable sheet and cover him with that also after hosing the horse. Put a fan on him with the wrung out wet sheet over a wet scraped body. Should eek out a bit more time cooling him. Kinda like a hiker using a wet handkercheif under their hat.

I've heard that adding a cheap dark can of beer (yes, beer) to the feed in the am and pm helps some non sweaters. Past that, I got nothing.
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    07-09-2013, 03:16 AM
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Ill see if I can get a sheet and ill tell them about the beer :)
Thank you :)
    07-09-2013, 03:18 AM
Im not sure what the price runs in your area.... but one of my friends does acupuncture.... ajd she has had quite a few horses she treated with acupuncture.... and they actually started sweating. And its a long term result.
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    07-09-2013, 03:32 AM
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It would cost a lot more than likely. Everything in phoenix regarding horses is over priced.
    07-09-2013, 04:22 AM
Well that stinks. But if you guys can keep him cool... and save up... it may be something to invest in.
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    07-09-2013, 08:43 AM
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Anhidrosis is best cured by moving the horse to a cooler climate where there are winters.

I don't plug many of the things out there for sale, but Saratoga Horse Works sells a cooling coat (Custom horse clothing and more. - Oasis Turnout) that really really works. It has a special weave and if you wet it and put a fan on it can actually chill. I got one for my dog and it is one piece of equipment I can recommend.
    07-09-2013, 09:50 AM
My gelding developed that one bad drought summer. This is what the vet did with him. You will want to get the horses kidney and liver checked to make sure they aren't taking damage. Then keep misters (cheap to install yourself) and fans on him(cheaper than AC, so might be a better option for your friend). Check with the vet if he will need to be given electrolytes. We took him out for light exercise to prevent stocking up and let him stretch out when it cooled off ( in Phoenix that might mean early morning). Keep a wet blanket in your freezer on hand, just in case. My guy overheated (he was REFUSING to drink on top of all that) and went and layed down in the afternoon sun. The ice blanket is what saved him. Then we stuck him in a pen with the above listed measures. He is fine now.

Elana is correct though, the only "cure" is to move the horse to a cooler climate.
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    07-10-2013, 11:29 AM
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Sadly my friend is stubborn. My other friend stays up north in the summer with her horses. She was willing to take him but My friend (lets call her V) canceled because he gets "upset" without his buddy. I tried telling her that he was raced until he was 13 so he did not have buddys, and when he did he got over it. He will survive away from the mare but it was too late. So now im going to see if I have extra misters and bring them to the barn. He gets electrolites but they don't do much. Im going to see if I can get her One Ac as its only $35 and gets good reviews. The other issue is that the sheet is a BAD idea. When it dries (within 10 min) he will be in truoble. When its 110 in the shade adding a sheet dose not sound like a good idea. Now when im there on a hot day I will do it, but they are older and it would be horrid if one of them fell asleep and forgot about it. (V is alot better than her hubby about stuff like that but they are gone alot during the day). The fans might be an issue as I do not trust the wiring in the barn (if you plug something in the lights go out, but if you pull the plug half out every thing turns on again 0.0) Ill see if there is another outlet by the barn and rig something up. As for working him its not possible. Anything over 80 and he just about passes out. I lunged him for MAYBE 5 min and he was huffing and all his veins where popping out. Hosed him off he was ok. So he is stuck with night turnouts only. Apparently he has had this issue for a while. When my friend got him he was in his stall with an A/C unit in his stall. He was raced with this issue (he did well despite I guess considering he was raced as a 2 year old and retired at 13).

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