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    08-09-2010, 02:06 AM
What the hec is it?

So im not sure what it is, I think I have an idea but not sure. I will try to get some pics of it. When I ride cricket, she sweats its summer its hot bla bla, after im done riding her I hose her off since its hot out, well the next day she will have what looks like salt dried onto her hair in diffrent spots, its not alot but you can still see it. So my question is, why the hec is this happening? It doesnt happen while im riding her, its after the sweat dries (I don't always hose her off after my rides). Should I be worried, and get the vet out? She's on really good vitamins, has a big salt lick that she licks. So is she just sweating out excess salt? Im asumming its salt, that's what it looks like, its not dried on dirt, im pretty certain its salt. Or maybe there some kinda salty like substance in the ground and when she rolls it gets stuck on her, im not sure I don't know what to think. She has no problems its not causing her to be sick... its not causing anything its just there.
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    08-09-2010, 02:28 AM
I think it's just the salt in her sweat. What I would do is definitely make sure she gets some form of electrolyte after you ride and work her into a sweat. I toss AppleDex into my mare's pellets after our rides. It's just extra assurance that 1) you are replacing the salt she's losing 2) she will want to drink after she's eaten her feed/electrolytes. My mare gets those dried salty patches, if I don't hose her down too...however, I almost always hose her off, or if it's too chilly, will use a bucket and sponge to get her cleaned up. She loves her baths too, as she will stand there falling asleep as I'm running the water on her...Lol.
    08-09-2010, 02:36 AM
Yep, sweat is very salty, and some horses will lose more salt than others through their sweat. If there are 'grains' of salt on your horse once it dries, she'd be losing quite a lot of salt so I would supply her with a mineral block at the very least, and as mom2pride suggested, an electrolyte supp.

As for general management, leaving sweat on a horse can irritate it's skin. Hose, or sponge her off after every ride that she gets a good sweat up. I an pedantic about getting rid of sweat, and give my horse a full sponge down, scrubbing all the sweat off him before allowing him to dry out and go back in his paddock.

Even if the weather is fairly cool, find a sheltered place, and just use a damp sponge, with warm water if you can. To work out the main areas of sweat.

Sponging/hosing the sweat off will leave her feeling much happier :) Liken it to you going for a big run, getting covered in sweat and then just putting your normal clothes back on and heading out without having a shower. You feel disgusting, and often your skin will get itchy. Same goes for horses
    08-09-2010, 02:50 AM
She has a 50lb mineral block, its the one that has all the special stuff in it, its not just a salt one. I always either hose her off or I let the sweat dry and then I get my curry comb out and get all the drie sweat off, I never just throw her back out I feel to bad lol, I know I feel icky after I sweat so I always try to make sure I get it off her. Im going to go tomarow and buy her some electrolytes, I don't want her to get sick or something bad to happen to her. Thanks for the help guys! Ill still try to get some pics tomarow.
    08-09-2010, 02:54 AM
No problem

One thing that I do differently, than I used to, is the mineral I supply is a loose mineral; I know horses will chew on a block a bit more than other animals (think goats and sheep), but I still don't think they will stand there long enough to get the salt and minerals they need before getting tired of gnawing on the block. So I don't waste my money on blocks anymore, I find loose mineral instead.
    08-09-2010, 11:32 AM
O hmmmm, I think im going to look around and see if I can find some. That's definantly a better idea and makes sence.

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