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post #11 of 40 Old 05-08-2011, 11:43 PM
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And once you get your horse into better condition, the lather stops, and it's just water sweat.
I don't understand how that works though. Sweat is still sweat. All of the horses that I've known that are fit (due to intensive training) with lather when they sweat. Even if you just take your hand and rub it against a sweaty part on their body.

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post #12 of 40 Old 05-09-2011, 12:27 AM
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And once you get your horse into better condition, the lather stops, and it's just water sweat.
When they get in beter condition, they may sweat less. If they sweat enough, they will still lather or foam.

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And once you get your horse into better condition, the lather stops, and it's just water sweat.
I'm afraid that isn't true. Proof is the winner of the Kentucky Derby. If you watch him at the end of the race, he was lathered up where the reins contacted his neck. Heavy sweat turns to lather and it's nothing to be concerned about unless he is overly lathered for doing very little work - then it's a matter of being out of condition.

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And once you get your horse into better condition, the lather stops, and it's just water sweat.
Simply not true.

Watch any professional horse event (racing, eventing, reining, etc). Where the horses are at the peak of condition and simply doing their job.

They still lather.
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Guys, it IS true. Once your horse is in excellent fit working condition, they don't lather.

While I had my stallion at the trainers for cutting training, we'd be loping for 2 to 3 hours at a time, He'd be wet, but NO lather. Once your horse in in excellent condition, they don't lather. They sweat just a wet water sweat.


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Zimalia, you can say it is as many times as you like, it does not make it true.

A very fit horse might sweat less, which will maybe lead to less lather affect in those cases. But being in shape does not equal no lather.
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Well I guess Animal Kingdom must be out of shape

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Guys, it IS true. Once your horse is in excellent fit working condition, they don't lather.

While I had my stallion at the trainers for cutting training, we'd be loping for 2 to 3 hours at a time, He'd be wet, but NO lather. Once your horse in in excellent condition, they don't lather. They sweat just a wet water sweat.
It isn't a hard and fast rule, of course, as the examples that Iride and Always mentioned are obviously in top condition, but I have experienced it to be relatively true that a horse who is used to sweating takes more to leather than a horse who isn't used to sweating. I read that it's something to do with dirty buildup in the pores contributing to lather, and sweating clears those dirty pores out.

Friction is just going to make lather no matter what; reins against the neck, breastcollar against the chest, or between the hind legs. Mixing air in makes froth in sweat, no matter how great of condition the horse is in.

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And once you get your horse into better condition, the lather stops, and it's just water sweat.
The lather is from CONTACT - the reins on the neck, the breastcollar on their chest, back legs touching, etc. It has nothing to do with the fitness level of the horse.
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