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post #1 of 7 Old 09-13-2012, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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Sweating (or lack of)

Hi, i've had my mare for a year now, have only been riding since January though, due to gaining trust and building her up as she was very poor and badly treated. She is a brilliant mare and we are going for longer outings now. My question is this, yes she sweats under her saddle and girth area but she never gets sweaty on her neck, all horses I have had and ridden in the past always sweat all over if hot and after exercise, to be fair most horses I have had in the past are bigger built (irish draught x/ clydes x etc,) and my mare is quite a fine trotterxstandardbred, am being paranoid about nothing and just underestimating her fitness? Or could it possibly be a gland problem?


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post #2 of 7 Old 09-13-2012, 05:59 AM
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Bunny is like that too :b She hardly sweats under the saddle, even. I don't think its anything you need to worry about, somebody more knowledgeable might see different though..

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What breed is she? I would worry more if she was sweating easily with barely working. That would mean she is unfit or out of shape. Many times when the horse is sweaty mainly on the neck, that is a mental sweat. You're really making her think. Some breeds don't sweat as easily as others. Does she have access to a salt lick? Possibly she could be lacking in salt intake.
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Hi there, she is a french trotter x standardbred, 5 years old


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Sorry forgot to say that yes she has access to salt lick, and also has salt as one of her supplements in her feed. , along with magnesium oxide and brewers yeast and cider vinegar.
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If she has a normal amount of energy, respiratory rate, and temperature ten minutes after exercise, she's just fit. As others have stated, some horses sweat more than others, just like people.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-13-2012, 06:22 PM
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I would say if you are riding fast paced for 3 hours on a 98 degree day and she doesn't sweat at all, you might want to look into anhidrosis or other things as a culprit, but if they are easy, shorter rides in a calm atmosphere, she is probably just fit and happy. Sweating is important, that is how they regulate body temperature so I would keep an eye on it, but at the same time you don't want to borrow trouble!

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