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post #1 of 17 Old 08-07-2011, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Overheated? Please help!

My 12 year old has been stalled since the beginning of April, with 1 to 2 hours outside a day since going blind in May. Today I had him outside grazing for no more then an hour when I noticed he was breathing like he had been running in the 95* heat instead of just standing munching. I took him inside and watched to see if his breathing slowed and after another hour when it hadn't I sprayed him down with lukewarm water and stood in front of the BIG barn fans. It took 3 wet/fan cycles before his temp and breathing went back almost normal. No sweet feed for him tonight. WHAT COULD HAVE CAUSED THIS TO HAPPEN??? He has to be walked because he retains water in his back legs if I donít!! What do I do??? Please help!!!
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-07-2011, 07:44 PM
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First I would call your vet and get his/her advice.

Could be that being stalled that much has made your horse unable to regulate his temp? Not sure if you are in one of the states with the extreme heat?

Try hand walking at night when its cooler.

I have to say I don't think constant stalling is good for any horse. If you could make a small pen he will get used to it and be able to graze etc. You just have to be sure there are no hazards.

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post #3 of 17 Old 08-07-2011, 08:21 PM
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Was he sweating at all?

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post #4 of 17 Old 08-07-2011, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, but not as much as when we walk the ring at the same time of day same heat. He wasn't even walking he was just standing around munching grass. I walk him everyday between noon and 3pm.
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post #5 of 17 Old 08-07-2011, 08:34 PM
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When you took him back in and observed his breathing, did you take his temperature or other vitals? If so, what were they....
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post #6 of 17 Old 08-07-2011, 08:38 PM
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Give your vet a call and see what he thinks.

From what it sounds like, you may want to get him on an anhidrosis supplement, and before you walk him, hose his chest, neck and juggular vein, and then walk him.

It sounds about the same as my mini would do before we got him on his anhidrosis supplement. He would breath super hard, and heart rate way up, just from grazing in the heat. Also, no sweat whatsoever. He has since, had no more problems with the heat.

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post #7 of 17 Old 08-07-2011, 08:39 PM
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Your chosing to walk him during the hotest hour of the day, I would def consider switching walking times.

Keep hosing him off whenever he seems hot and make sure he is sweating and drinking normally.

Call your vet out ASAP. Best of luck!


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post #8 of 17 Old 08-07-2011, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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I had the barn owner look him over, and he took no vitals, What are they? I am new to this and don't know. :(
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He WAS sweating, but it wasn't running off him like when we do a serious walk. He is blind so I walk him in the arena until he has a good sweat this time he was just grazing.
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post #10 of 17 Old 08-07-2011, 08:45 PM
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Vitals would be his temp, pulse rate/heart rate, things like that...

We have all been new and clueless at one point in our lives. Just don't panic and it will work out. The fact that he was sweating a little is good, but you should still have a vet out to check him over.


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