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post #1 of 7 Old 04-20-2017, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Putting a sweaty horse in a stall - Please Help?

After a hard workout tonight, I walked my horse out until he wasn't breathing heavy, but he was still hot to the touch. I took off my saddle and bridle and walked him for a little while longer, and let him roll. I ran out of time (didn't notice how long I had ridden for,) and I had to put him in back in his stall. He was still sweaty and pretty warm. Its about 60 degrees outside.

Im really freaking out..

Should I be concerned or worried?

Any calming and helpful words would be super appreciated

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-20-2017, 11:44 PM
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60 F is considered mild weather here, lol. You said he wasn't breathing heavy, had already rolled, unless he is an already sick, compromised horse, he will be fine. You might consider a fleece cooler which wicks moisture away from the horse which you can stall him in, as these types of coolers are not waterproof for outdoor wear.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-20-2017, 11:56 PM
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I wouldn't worry.

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Thank you both. He is healthy, and was only hot to the touch, but wasn't panting. I have a fleece cooler, but i thought it was a bit too hot to put on
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I use to work next to a training barn with a very recognized trainer in attendance.
His horses walked out and back to the training area, a 10 minute walk....warm-up & cool-down time.
When after their work, they returned, were stripped of their saddles and put into their stall and tied, short and high.
No hay no water...just stand tied.
I did not see a horse this being done to who was "blowing" yet...those were walked and watched carefully but still stalled and tied.
About 45 minutes later a groom would come and still tied, brush that horse perfectly clean and either blanket or sheet them depending upon weather.
Year round the horses were covered in their stalls as they were "show competition horses"...
Never did I see a horse adversely affected or sickly...
I was told it taught the horse "patience" too being tied as such...

Personally, I dislike acrylic/fleece coolers on a horse as once they dampen they stay damp and don't breathe. Damp coolers cling and don't assist in regulating temperature or drying...my opinion.
I would much prefer a wool cooler, fitted or large square or large bath towels rubbed vigorously to absorb the excess moisture.
The most important part of stalling a warm horse is no drafts...keep them out of the drafts.
60*F is not a temperature I would be overly concerned about though for "chilling" a horse.

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I wouldn't worry too much, but if you wanted to, you could have maybe sponged him off a little (since it's a bit too chilly to rinse him off).

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-21-2017, 09:52 AM
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I wouldn't be worried at all.

What i used to do when my horse was worked hard - after my ride I'd walk him out. Then take tack off and put a cooler on him and continue walking. When his breathing was normal I'd use a towel to rub him dry...and if it was cold outside (he was turned out 24/7) I had blow dryer I'd use on the still-wet areas. This was in the winter time.

My horse these days rarely gets worked hard enough where he's blowing...lol.
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