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post #1 of 3 Old 02-15-2011, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Easy Sweater??

My boy, Brown starts sweating really easy when we are working and lungeing. I took him up to the big arena today and turned him out with a friends horse. They had a blast but he was completely lathered from head to toe and dripping, the other horse, an Arab gelding 11 years old barely broke a sweat. Brown gets exercised for at least 45 min. 4-6 days a week and he always gets super sweaty. He is about 8-9 years old and a Thoroughbred. I just wondered because I have gotten comments on him getting all lathered up before while thier horse barely sweated ever. What to you guys think? Anyone elses horse sweat easy? Is it something I should worry about? Thanks.
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-15-2011, 09:53 PM
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I used to lease a horse that got super sweaty, too. I think it has a lot to do with genetics. Like humans, some horses just get sweaty more easily than others.

I was worried about my horse sweating until my trainer reassured me that that it's not a big deal. If you're worried about your horse being overworked, then watch for flared and bright red nostrils. Sweating isn't always a good indicator.

I'd say if your horse isn't obviously sick or in pain, then he probably just sweats more than most. If you're really concerned, you could always asked your vet the next time they're out.

From the sounds of it, your horse is in pretty good shape, so I'd be pretty willing to bet that he's just a sweaty horse. :)
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post #3 of 3 Old 02-15-2011, 10:16 PM
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Worry more if he is NOT sweating! A non sweater is the scariest thing! My husband's horse, Sarge, sweats like a Trojan. His saddle blanket smells like the PITS but after having a horse that didn't sweat I always say a sweating horse is a healthy horse. After my former horse coliced - I said a pooping sweating horse is a good thing!

Unless his muscles are trembling, he is stumbling, his nose is over dilated or bleeding he is probably just fine. Ask your vet if your concerned. Never hurts to ask!!!

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