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    05-09-2011, 09:05 PM
Green Broke
That actually makes sense.

Like even a couple of weeks ago Buzz was not sweating in between the legs he only started to last couple of rides and now that Mudpaint mention sweating on the shoulders, he wasn't actually sweating much there at all.

What about where the girth goes?
Is it normal for it to lather there as well?
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    05-09-2011, 09:08 PM
Usually you will see lather in areas of constant friction... Girth and saddle pad are common for any horse, especially if your tack or horse has any dirt/residue on it. We usually lather a shade of pink because of the clay dirt and the fact that my beast is an absolute mudwamp.
    05-09-2011, 10:02 PM
Green Broke
Well....I've bathed enough racehorses, and been at the track for years enough to say that horses in top condition still lather.

Where the lines were in contact with their neck, where the hobble hangers move over their front, sides and butt, and where the bridle sometimes rubs on their face.

No matter what, sweating is good for a horse. It is when they don't sweat is the issue.

It could also be that Red has developed more muscle in his backend, and his "cheeks" weren't able to rub before.
    05-10-2011, 09:42 AM
Originally Posted by MudPaint    
However if your horse is unconditioned, you may be pushing him too far if he's really lathered/sweat running down his legs.
Or it is a really freaking hot day with high humidity and everyone is sweating just standing still. I hate those days.
    05-10-2011, 05:39 PM
Originally Posted by RedTree    
Buzz has only really started to do this.
I have been told it's a good thing but was wondering if someone could elaberlate on why it is?

Because they sweat the most (and foam is sweat) where the muscles are working the most. So in this case horse is using their butt - which is a good thing.
    05-11-2011, 01:47 AM
Sweat in either a horse or human is all about heat transfer. Horse sweat to get ride of heat. The evaporation of moisture ( sweat) has a cooling effect, just like on our bodies. As the sweat oozes out of the pores it carries heat with it. Once on the surface ( skin) it evaporates and provides further cooling.

Heavier bulkier muscles will produce more sweat than lighter muscles. Also areas with more surface area ( more skin) will cool faster than areas that have limited surface area.

So one of the first areas to show sweat is between the legs on the rear of a horse. The outside of the hips have a lot of exposed skin that helps cool the outer part of the muscle. But the innerpart has very little skin, So it produces more sweat faster than any other part of the body.

The back of the horse under the saddle produces a lot of moisture, Because the saddle blankets prevent the evaporation of the sweat. Notice how a horse at liberty rarely sweats on his back, But a horse with a saddle is always wet under the saddle. That's because the saddle and blanket trap heat and the body works hard to get ride of it.

So we have a large muscle mass in the hip area, that has limited skin surface between the legs, coupled with the rubing motion that produces a lathery sweat. Especially if they are dirty or have a diet high in certain elements.
    05-11-2011, 02:31 AM
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.
    05-11-2011, 06:48 AM
Learn how to take P&Rs on your horse. If she dosn't recovery in 10 minutes after you exercise her, You are pushing her to hard. Keep an eye on her hydration and gut sounds to make sure she is staying hydrated.

Other than that, you will just have to watch her. If she is showing signs of discomfort, it's probably arthritis and you need to slow down the work outs. Watch for filling in her legs after a work out. The older the horse the more prone they are to stocking up in their legs. Trot her on a longe line in a circle right and left after your work outs. Its more difficult for a horse to trot a circle and not display signs of lameness or stiffness.

Consider a 50 year old former college athlete, he can't perform at the same level he did when he was 21 years old. But I bet he still enjoys a good game. Just not trying to keep up with younger athletes. Your horse is no different.
    05-11-2011, 02:47 PM
Ok, thanks Painted Horse. I had one of the more exprienced people at the barn look at her when we were done today. They laughed at me and said that Spirit will let me know if its too much, and from the looks of it she still had a lot more energy to burn. I feel a lot better now. I watched her in the pasture with the other horses after our ride and she wasn't stiff at all, and didn't guzzle water or anything. They said the same thing that everyone on heres been saying, that the sweating is normal, even a pro athlete still sweats when working out.
    05-11-2011, 06:47 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Or it is a really freaking hot day with high humidity and everyone is sweating just standing still. I hate those days.
Ugh... me too. Those are the days you give up and go for a swim.

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