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    10-24-2012, 09:34 PM

I read somewhere that a horse should sweat more in the hindquarters than up front because that shows that he's using his hind end well. But I thought that a horse that's fit is supposed to sweat up front first and more there because that's where the hearts and lungs are...what's right?
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    10-24-2012, 11:18 PM
I've only ever seen a horse sweat on the neck first (of course under the saddle is not visible until you remove the saddle!) and behind the ears then between the back legs and the flank.

Racehorses tend to sweat up, and it's always the neck/shoulder and flank first...

But this is interesting, someone speak up if there is an any truth to what the OP has read
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    10-25-2012, 05:56 PM
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I have personally never heard that and as you said, it does not sound right. When horses are worked, they usually sweat at the chest, neck and between the thighs first. I've never seen a horse super sweated up on its hindquarters unless they were unders stress but more opinions would be good...
    10-25-2012, 07:24 PM
Bumptitty bump! Worked my guy today sweated in this order as I could see it:
Neck/shoulder/chest and behind the ears

But it always seems to be neck first
    10-25-2012, 08:55 PM
Yep mine always sweat around the neck and behind the ears first. Then around the flanks, along the back of the hindquarter and between the hind legs. If its a warm day, horse will get sweat above the eyes as well.
    10-25-2012, 09:02 PM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
Yep mine always sweat around the neck and behind the ears first. Then around the flanks, along the back of the hindquarter and between the hind legs. If its a warm day, horse will get sweat above the eyes as well.
Yup! And if they're being naughty....well we both sweat.....everywhere!!LOL
    10-25-2012, 09:12 PM
Know that feeling well! Get back to the stables and put the hose over myself instead of the horse !!!!

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