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        07-24-2014, 06:19 PM
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    Weanling
    Keeping Horse Cool at Shows

    I have a mare that sweats a lot and gets hot pretty quickly. We're going to a show this weekend and it's going to be in the low 90s with about 65% humidity and I bet she's going to be sticky even before we get there. The venue doesn't have any shade trees :( How can I keep her cool while she's just standing around and then cool her down after I've warmed up so she doesn't look like crap when I strip her down to show in halter/ showmanship?
         
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        07-25-2014, 03:59 PM
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    Weanling
    Anyone please? :)
         
        07-25-2014, 04:10 PM
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    Green Broke
    You can mount a fan on your trailer, to start.

    Do the facilities not have stalls for rent?
         
        07-25-2014, 04:24 PM
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    Yearling
    A lot of people around here put a canopy next to their trailer and let their horse(s) stand under it. Also, move your horse with the position of the sun. In the morning and evening there should be sufficient shade from the trailer alone, but as soon as afternoon hits is when she'll start to suffer.

    Also, keep lots and lots of water available. Keep offering it. I bring electrolytes to shows, and really keep my horses hydrated. After learning the hard way about not keeping an eye on my horse's heat level enough, I always make sure he is comfortable.

    So for showmanship, I think you'll be fine. Get there extra early, lunge/warm up in the morning cool, and then wait for showmanship.

    But most of all, have fun (: I miss showing my guy. Oh, and pictures are a must (;
         
        07-25-2014, 04:45 PM
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    Foal
    I've used an "easy up" type canopy for years. It takes some horses a little getting used to, but it's worth the $200 or so to have one, and once you DO have one, you'll find you use it ALL the time for any number of horse and family events
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        07-25-2014, 06:35 PM
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    Foal
    If you are really having a hard time it is good to drench your horse with water and sweatscrape immediately. I do this until he cools off. Then also running a hose between the legs near the heart is a good way to cool blood down. This and offering water and sitting them next to a fan is my go-to routine. Plus, minimal warm-ups. Honestly, I quit summer show because they are just too hot and hard.
         

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