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post #1 of 14 Old 03-07-2009, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Purebreds, sweat more??

So i have been told purebreds sweat more, is it true?? My Purebred Morgan sweats SOOO much. The purebred Arabian I used to own sweated more than my Pinto/QH, and Standardbred/QH, and so Does my Purebred morgan.
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-07-2009, 05:17 PM
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That's really interesting. My welsh/arab has a HUGE winter coat (and a big belly) and she hardly sweats at all, whereas my purebred Holsteiner, with hardly any winter coat and a lot fitter than my mare, sweats loads, even to the extent I think I might have to clip him next winter.

Be interested in other people's thoughts.
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... no.

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No, not true at all. Its the fitness level of the horse more than anything. My purebred haflingers hardly sweat at all, while my husbands draft cross can be wringing wet at the end of a trail ride, but my horses get ridden more consistantly.

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Yes what Cat said is very true. I want to add that the horses individual personality will also influence the amount of sweat due to over nervousness / anxiety. Some are just way cool!
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Yes, it really depends on how you work the horse. Or if he/she is bracing against your grip/reins. SOME hotblooded horses sweat a lot like my horse. So, in other words, if your horse like to go, and you are trying to hold back on the reins. He will preduce more sweat by trying to wriggle free of the constant grip. Such as, Stepping high, holding the head high and jerking.

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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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Hmm, well Lui's definitely not tense or wanting to 'go' - he's the most laid back chap on the block. If anything, I would expect Kira to sweat more, as she's only been ridden for about a year, and is still quite 'green'.

Maybe it's as simple as he's a 'warmblood' and and Kira, being mostly native, has got more 'cold' blood in her.
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-08-2009, 08:35 AM
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Okay I'm sorry but that one truly had me in tears I was laughing so hard.
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