My theory is that maybe since Lacey was SO obese for who knows how many years before I got her, that maybe her sweat glands got messed up and now that she's in great shape and has been for 1 1/2 years her sweat glands have begun to heal? Is that even plausible?
I'm just wondering because in the first year or so that I had her, I never ever saw her sweat a drop, even when it was really hot out and she was working hard. Then, last spring she started getting a little sweaty here and there when she was worked and I didn't think much of it. Over the summer she gradually began sweating more. Then recently, (it's been warm, mid-70's to 80's, and she already has an average horse's winter coat going on) she's started sweating like crazy. Like today, after running around for maybe 30 minutes in 75 degree heat, she literally had sweat running down her legs (her horse buddies were trailered off by their owners and she was a little upset, to put it mildly ) and her chest, neck, shoulders, butt, ears, face, basically everything that could sweat, was sweating. She is kinda chubby right now so that probably has something to do with it... I took care of it and took her for an hour long hand walk to cool her out and calm her down, then I hosed her off and she was totally fine from then on out. But is that kind of sweating normal?
I'm happy that she is sweating now because that was really worrisome back when she "didn't" sweat, but how much she's sweating now is also a little worrisome... She wasn't acting fatigued in the least (just in that relieved, "thank goodness that energy is gone now!" way that high energy animals have sometimes) and according to the neck pinch test thingy, she wasn't dehydrated either...
Tell me this is normal? :)