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    07-08-2013, 04:48 PM
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Foal
Hosing down a horse in hot weather

Hi, I work from home and have my horses on our property. On really warm days, I have been going out and cooling them off with the hose. I start at the feet and work my way up. Is this ok to do or will the sudden temperature change put them into shock? I also go out there 3 times a day and change their water so that it is always clean and as cold as possible.
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    07-08-2013, 04:51 PM
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Yearling
I do this after I work my horses in hot weather. I also start with the legs and get the accustomed to the water. You can't actually shock their body system with cold water though, that's just a myth. I just start at the legs because it seems nicer than a sudden spray everywhere. It's like dipping your toes in a lake first.

Just make sure you use a sweat scraper to get the water off afterwards, or the sun will heat up the water and they'll be hotter than ever.
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    07-08-2013, 04:51 PM
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That's really nice of you to do that, but don't forget to use a sweat scraper and get off the excess water. Water left on their skin can make them hotter than they were.

My horses would love to come live with you. I top off their trough once a day, but only dump and clean it once a week! LOL
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    07-08-2013, 04:55 PM
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Thanks for the responses, I didn't even think about the sweat scraper, I will certainly do that.
     
    07-08-2013, 05:02 PM
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Green Broke
And after scraping rub the hair backwards to stand it up, but really they are probably fine without being hosed to begin with assuming outside horses that are acclimated to your region.
     
    07-08-2013, 05:22 PM
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Showing
I spray some of my horses down several times a day. I've got 4 large horses, 2 of whom are solid black and they love being sprayed down on days like today when it's 100 degrees and sunny.

What the others suggested about the sweat scraper, IMHO that depends on the horse. Mine will immediately go out and roll as soon as I stop spraying them. That works to get rid of the excess water and also gives them a protective coating of mud. If the horse doesn't roll, though, I'd scrape the excess off.
     
    07-08-2013, 05:26 PM
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Yearling
Smrobs - that's mine - straight for the nearest dirt/sand patch. Scraped or not so I don't usually bother.....
     
    07-08-2013, 05:26 PM
  #8
Green Broke
I wonder .. do people run out after a rain and sweat scrape their horses? Or if they lay down in a pond or a puddle? Lol

My horses are like smrobs' .. I can't even turn the hose off and they are laying down and rolling .. preferably in the deepest, softest dirt they can find..
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    07-08-2013, 05:30 PM
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Green Broke
The reason you're supposed to scrape the horses off is because the sun will heat up the water touching their skin and make them warmer, almost like wearing a heated blanket. Damp is just fine, dripping wet on a hot sunny day is not.
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    07-08-2013, 05:33 PM
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Green Broke
Well, my boys enjoy a sudden and drenching downpour in sultry hot humid Texas ... and I'm not about to run out there and sweat scrape them!

Sometimes I think we over think this stuff... but that's just me.
     

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