Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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I also don't agree that it has to do with the grip that you have on the reins. If you're gripping that indicates tension, and of course horses will sweat when anxious.
It has to do with the genetic makup of the animal (like us.. some people sweat more than others no matter the fitness/exercise level), physiology, fitness (less fit horses/animals in general will sweat more when worked), and circumstance (you can sweat in a hot climate, and in an exciting setting, where you're under pressure, even if you aren't performing.)
The grip on your reins will NOT produce sweat. There are reasons BEYOND tension in the reins that are coming into play when the horse is sweating.
My horse, when calm, will produce the same amout of sweat whether he's worked in contact or on a loose rein. Just because I have contact with his mouth doesn't mean that he'll sweat more - HOWEVER if the rein is rubbing on the neck it can make it appear sweatier as the rein can work the sweat up into a lather because of the friction on the horse's neck.
Some hotbloods sweat more than some coldbloods. Some coldbloods sweat more than some hotbloods.
Wow, never knew there was this much misinformation out there about sweat! hah
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