IS my horse having a heatstroke?

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    07-13-2011, 03:09 AM
IS my horse having a heatstroke?

Hey I went out to feed this morning and my BIG WB gelding was breathing really hard and had a strange look in his eyes like "HELP ME"

He was not sweating and all the other horses were covered in sweat. It's been around 98 degrees or over 108 degrees with hear index. DEEP SOUTH

He has water in several places sitting in the shade and as cool as it can be in 100 degree weather....

I hosed him off and it helped a little but still he is breathing hard. I adopted him from Oregon on the Canadian boarder and I live in southern Mississippi. I think he's not used to the heat.

The last two days I've been gong out in the middle of the day to hose him off. He does not seem to "get it" that he needs to stay in the frigging shade during the heat of the day. Today I strung up a mist system in the trees buy the horse water tub but as of yet I have not seem them using it.

They have a mineral block and a salt block. I bought electrolytes to put in the water today. So they are in there now.... is there anything else I can do? It breaks my heart to see him suffering.....
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    07-13-2011, 03:21 AM
Green Broke
He may well be like my Red and be a nonsweater. Look up anhidrosis and do some reading on it. My boy is stalled under a fan all day, gets a salt mixture to make him drink more, electrolytes in the pm with a beer in his food.
We are in Louisiana, same heats as you guys. I also hose twice a day, don't leave him dripping though, just immitate the sweat. We will spray him with rubbing alcohol when he's really warm, at shows we use florida water rags on him.
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    07-13-2011, 03:33 AM
Do you use Apple Dex, it helps a lot with getting them to drink. I buy northern horses and they do not tolerate the heat as well. Likewise, I have brought horses here from Arizona and S.California and they could not tolerate the cooler weather. I know you are in a bad heat wave down there. Can you tie him in the shade? Keep his legs and thin hair areas wet, like humans it will help keep him cooler. I feel bad for the poor thing. Maybe the weather will cool soon.
    07-13-2011, 03:34 AM
beer he LOVES beer!

Its hilarious about the beer my husband was giving him tastes of beer the other day when he read about one of the horses in the Kentucky derby getting Guinness.

What does the beer so for them?

Also what is the salt mix you put in the feed?
I bought electrolights that says you can put in the feed or water is the feed better?

I have the feeling they may not drink enough.

And I definitely look up the non sweating thing.... all the other horses are COVERED in sweat and he's not sweating at all it totally freaked me out.
    07-13-2011, 03:40 AM
what is apple dex?

I've never heard of apple dex what kind of a product is it?
I'm willing to try anything. The last few days have been really bad
I'm out there hosing him off several times a day. I have a older firend that races TBs and he says when they get to that point they are just about to drop dead.... it's totally freaked out. I could tie him in the shade I guess.

I've already gone out and limbed up all my trees so that he can get into the shade. He's 17hh and we had to trim the trees up extra high so that he can get under them. I can't lost this guy I'm totally attached to him and he's the neatest horse you've ever seem. Big old sweetie pie. :)
    07-13-2011, 06:27 AM
AWWWWW, Apple Dex is an apple flavored electrolyte mix. You can custom add it to any amt of water. The small tub I had made up to 100 gallons. I made it up 5 gallons at a time to make sure the horse was getting enough. It is sold nationwide you should be able to find it near you. My horses love it, it smells good too.
    07-13-2011, 10:22 AM
Green Broke
I put apple electrolytes in my feed. I'll look up the makeup of the salt mix. Many nonsweaters benefit from a product x
Called 1ac, doesn't work for Red. His previous owner did Guiness beer, on the recommendation of a local race guy here we are using Pabst Blue Ribbon. He is now sweating and doing well.
I wet my horses feed down in the summer, makes me feel better. It's not alot of water, but it's a gallon I'm SURE they get.
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    07-13-2011, 01:28 PM
Cakemom that is a great idea. I love the idea of putting it with their food. I'm weaning them off the sweetfeed and it seems so dry and uh non sweet..... the horses don't like it one bit. They run around and check everyone else s feed before they settle down to eat their feed with not enough (in their minds) sweet to it.

I wonder if it is something the red ones are prone to since my big Red guy is red too of COURSE he has always been called Big Red even tho his name is Norman.
I'm going to do some reading about the beer too. My hubby would love a reason to have beer always in the house. I can see it now " Oh that's not for me its for my horse!" LOL
    07-14-2011, 02:53 PM
I feel your pain, my mare has anhidrosis and I am hosing her down at least 3 times a day. I do not have a barn but she has plenty of shade ( if she would just stay in it) I have a salt block for her but am wondering if loose salt is better. I do not think she drinks enough. I have tried the beer thing, gave her a good buzz but no sweat!
    07-14-2011, 04:10 PM
Green Broke
Did your horse have a fever?
Some horse won't drink water with electrolytes in it. Best to offer them free choice or have fresh water without the lytes also available.

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