Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
My post does have generalized info. We can't see how the OP is riding and what she is doing with the horse. I was just trying to point out things she might not have known. When I ride a horse it will usually come back with a mental sweat because that's the way I ride. I make them think. My wife will come back with a completely dry horse from the same ride. We can also come back with completely drenched horses from a hard ride.
There are a lot of factors that would cause a horse to sweat: temperature, humidity, condition of the horse, the way the horse is worked, the way the horse is rode, the time of year and the horses coat, the horses mental condition, the horses attitude and possibly others. I've also seen horses standing in a pasture sweating. They aren't working or having a mental sweat from eating, so I guess there goes my logic, huh?
A horse that sweats all over is likely from physical exercise. A horse that is sweaty just on the neck and chest is likely from a mental sweat. Maybe the OP doesn't realize if the horse is sweaty between the legs. She didn't say anything about under the saddle being sweaty either. Maybe she didn't know about mental sweats. Maybe the horse is working on the front end. Maybe she's making the horse think but doesn't realize she's doing it.
Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse! Mares RULE! Geldings drool!