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post #1 of 20 Old 10-25-2010, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question What to do with sweaty horses?

After a hard workout in the summer, I hose my sweaty horse off and turn her out. What do you do with sweaty horses in the winter? I've done various things in the past, but I want to know what's best.

It can get below freezing where I live, so I want my horse as warm and dry as possible. However, I've heard if you don't hose or sponge off their sweat, it can cause serious irritation to their skin, which I want to avoid!

What do each of you do, and what do you recommend?
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post #2 of 20 Old 10-25-2010, 01:44 PM
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I also live in Utah and I generally just brush them off and turn them loose. If there is snow on the ground they will roll in it and dry off some. I've never had one get sick from it. If I was going to trailer one in the cold that was sweaty I would put a blanket on it but I wouldn't do much else.

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post #3 of 20 Old 10-25-2010, 01:50 PM
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What I usually do is wait for the horse to dry then put a blanket on them. You can use an Irish knit blanket to put on them while they are drying so they don't get a chill.
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Since I live in Alberta we must make sure the horses are dry before letting them back out in the winter. Usually, I walk Jesse out for a long time and then just wait until he's dry. I put a cooler on him then take a towel and work on his neck. I hope this helps.

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We always winter our horses outside and without blankets so up until now, we do our best to keep them as sweat free as possible. If they do manage to get soaked (Shay-las retired mare would work herself up just WALKING), we usually toss a blanket on and let them stand in the garage out of the wind until they're almost dry. But yeah, for the most part, we've turned horses out a bit sweaty and they just roll in the snow and go back to eating. Don't forget they'll get themselves sweaty in winter - I live in Manitoba, our winters are some of the coldest on record, and they'll regularly go for gallops in frigid temps and sweat themselves up. We've had almost zero instances of any illness during winter - we've had some get the snots in fall once in awhile when a bug is going around, but never had an issue in winter.

I intend to be working Jynx hard this winter, so I've opted to keep her in a box stall and blanketed. I'm debating whether to clip her or not, it would probably make my life much easier!

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I think it some what depends on what you mean by sweaty too.

If they are soaked from a hard work out I will hand walk wearing a cooler (that wicks the moisture nicely) until they are cool. Then towel and brush until they are dry. Sometimes if it is being stubborn some time with a dry cooler while munching hay inside until they are all the way dry.

Light sweat marks I brush until pretty much dry.
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I've always put a cooler on them and let them stand in their stalls until dry. Then take it off, curry and brush to get the dried sweat off, then turn them out. If there's snow or a strong cold wind, I'll put a blanket or sheet on them.

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Interesting! So I guess the "Dried sweat will cause skin issues unless removed" is either a myth, or at least something uncommon.

I liked the idea of currying them off after they dry under the cooler. That targets both issues. And just letting them dry under a cooler sounds MUCH better than sponging them off while it's freezing...

Question: What kind of fabric are coolers made out of? Maybe I'll make one instead of buying one if it's cheaper...
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I use a fleece long enough to go from just behind their ears and down the front using the plastic squeeze clamps for closure. I don't leave while they're cooling and drying, so I'm either petting or watching them munch hay while waiting. That way I ensure they don't do anything to risk hurting themselves with the clamps.

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post #10 of 20 Old 10-25-2010, 02:27 PM
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i live in ontario, what we do is (i know this doesn' tsound right but it works) shave our horses, this wil decress the sweat they will have, if say you horse sweats alot, walk them out realy well, like 20 mins just walking witch should dry most of the sweat then brush out the dry sweat make sure your horse is totally dry and put them out.

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