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    05-11-2011, 10:28 PM
My horse is really hot! Help?

I have a warmblood X thoroughbred. I just noticed recently that he is very warm to the touch. When I bring him in from the field it feels like he's just had a full workout, and after I ride him he's drenched in sweat. He is shaved, so its not like he has a ton of hair on, and normally he only sweats if I jump him. As well, he's got a lot more "go" then he usually does. Normally I have to push him between fences, but the other day he bounced an 18 foot line! Is this worth having the vet out to look at him?
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    05-12-2011, 12:24 AM
Green Broke
Have you changed his feed recently?

Maybe ring up the vet and tell them whats changed and if they say it's nothing to worry about. Well then you will know :)
    05-12-2011, 12:29 AM
Does he have a fever? Does he seem out of breath or distressed? Does he sweat excessively (or not at all)?
    05-12-2011, 05:13 PM
He's been moved to a field where they have a round bail of hay. And he doesnt sweat till I ride him, but then he sweats excessivly. And no, he doesnt seem out of breath or distressed
    05-12-2011, 09:04 PM
I would suggest getting a resting pulse on him and then take it again within 2 minutes of finishing work. A healty horse will return to resting pulse rate within 5 minutes of vigorous work. If you horse's rate is still elevated after work, or elevated to begin with, I would get the vet out. Also check his gums. Anthing other than pink is a bad color. Push on them with your finger. They should return to normal color within 2 seconds of pushing them. If not, he's dehydrated. Make sure he has plenty of water when he's out to pasture by the way. Hope that helps.

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