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    07-05-2013, 03:07 PM
Keeping horse cool

I'm going to a horse trial this Sunday and will be doing dressage, show jumping, and cross country in what is forecasted to be 90s and humid weather. It's also an hour and a half trailer ride. Does anyone have any tips to help keep my gelding cool for the day? Thanks
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    07-05-2013, 03:41 PM
Make sure he has water available if he needs/wants it.
If you can after a ride or something at the end of the day, hose him off.
    07-05-2013, 03:47 PM
Hose JUST the legs, then re apply fly spray. If your horse gets too hot and you bathe his core with icy cold water--chest and body--you can shock his system. EMT's will start cooling down heat stroke victims by cooling the arms and legs FIRST.
    07-05-2013, 04:44 PM
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If you can carry water with you or get water on site - which most events supply then sponge him over rather than cold hose. Try to park in the shade and have plenty of drinking water for him as he cools off
I honestly don't envy you - my horses are coming in from the field sweating and they're just standing around
    07-05-2013, 10:24 PM
Corporal, when the summer Olympics were to be held in Atlanta, all kinds of tests were done over many months and it was proved that hosing a hot horse down with cold water will not shock it's system. The horse may not like it but it's a quick way to cool it down. Endurance riders sponge down the neck during the ride as they cross a creek.
updownrider and SorrelHorse like this.
    07-05-2013, 10:42 PM
I had a friend that would set up one of those shade things used for picnics made of PVC pipe and a cover, but her dad extended the legs so it was tall enough a horse could stand under comfortably and not cause a wreck. (It was next to the trailer so he had a water bucket and a haynet to munch on between classes)
    07-05-2013, 11:28 PM
A little Vetrolin mixed with water in a big bucket and sponge off his neck/chest and between his back legs. My junior hunter was a heavy sweater and got hot really quickly showing in the south Florida heat and humidity. I would always bring him back to the barn and do that for him to keep him cool. Then after I was done showing or riding he got a full body sponging with the diluted Vetrolin and rinsed off.
    07-05-2013, 11:47 PM
Originally Posted by Corporal    
Hose JUST the legs, then re apply fly spray. If your horse gets too hot and you bathe his core with icy cold water--chest and body--you can shock his system. EMT's will start cooling down heat stroke victims by cooling the arms and legs FIRST.
There would be many many busy equine EMTs at the track if hosing them off shocked their system.
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    07-05-2013, 11:57 PM
Thanks for the tips everyone! I'm glad that sponging him off will not shock his system, I usually rely on that at horse shows to keep him comfortable. He really enjoys It when I sponge him.

Question, my trailer is an older Valley two horse straight load that does not have the best ventilation. It is a 2 hr trailer drive and k don't want him to get too overheated. Is it safe to drive with the two back flaps open? Here's a pic of the back of the trailer...

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    07-05-2013, 11:58 PM

Want to drive like this for better airflow
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ETA with flaps secured of course

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