Originally Posted by MudPaint
Same with my goof. We used to only sweat along the chest and shoulders. Which was back when he pulled heavy on his forehand. His tush rarely lathered up. Now that he's working right, we get sweaty butt all the time and less sweaty chest.
Good post about the different food requirements. Certainly makes sense.
Unless your horse has not been working regularly, sweat between the hind legs isn't bad. However if your horse is unconditioned, you may be pushing him too far if he's really lathered/sweat running down his legs.
How can you tell if you are pushing a horse too far? My rescue girl Spirit went two years without riding, and over the past 3 weeks I've worked with her and started riding her. The vet yesterday said she's in great shape, beside her teeth which are super worn and a few missing, perfect weight, she just old, in her 30s he confirmed. None of her joints click when she walks or anything, and she used to be a driving horse. She's a small light boned Morgan. Im a small women also. Me and her both like to GO when we ride. Theres an open 100 acre field we ride in and we run like crazy, which is a blast, for both of us, she's so much happier now in the pasture. She's always really sweaty when we get back to the barn. Should I be worried about her working too hard? We go riding for a couple hours about every other day. She's not breathing super hard or anything when we get back, and I walked her and brush her good and everything after the ride, she's just really sweaty.