08-19-2010, 10:23 PM
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Leaving the horse sopping wet when it's hot AND humid outside makes the horse hotter. However, rinsing with cold water until the horse's skin is cool, then using a sweat scraper to get a lot of the water off, will greatly improve the horse's condition.
Here in Arkansas we've been having temps from 98 to 106 degrees over the last few weeks, with humidity between 70-90%. It's been downright NASTY... My vet has been on lots of calls for heat stroke and cattle are dying too. I go out every afternoon to feed and I hose off each horse. They really appreciate it... We have really cold well water. They come in often panting and covered in sweat. Once I'm done with their bath (and scraping), their breathing is back to normal and they start to dry normally back out in the pasture. They do start sweating again, they're just not drenched or panting any more.