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  • What is the difference between horse sweat and lather
  • Does horse sweat form lather

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    06-01-2012, 08:18 PM
I ride HUS and WP - I don't go around bashing every discipline. I don't agree with how some people ride but I keep the comments to myself.

What really ticks me is off when people know their horse is lame and continue to ride at a show. And the judge placed them above 3rd place! SMH.
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    06-01-2012, 09:02 PM
News Item - Beware: Hot Weather and Foamy Horse Sweat | EquiMed - Horse Health Matters
More info. I had posted an article earlier that a DR. Had written and got a phone call and didn't get it on properly and trying to find it so you have some professional opinions.
    06-01-2012, 09:09 PM
Or we could have a new thread about sweating........
    06-01-2012, 09:24 PM
Originally Posted by franknbeans    
Or we could have a new thread about sweating........
Part of the original thread was about how the horses were lathered up so to me it is part of the concern and maybe not the best thing for the horse.
    06-01-2012, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
Or we could have a new thread about sweating........
Nope..That would make sense.. Now that the thread is stirred cucucummqquuee whatever wants to keep the attention on herself..
    06-01-2012, 09:36 PM
Ok-back to my warm up pen at the reining show-bet there will maybe be some sweaty horses.......not mine tho-never breaks a sweat......just me. I must be stressed.
    06-01-2012, 10:20 PM
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
News Item - Beware: Hot Weather and Foamy Horse Sweat | EquiMed - Horse Health Matters
More info. I had posted an article earlier that a DR. Had written and got a phone call and didn't get it on properly and trying to find it so you have some professional opinions.
The second article that you posted first states:

"How to tell that your horse is approaching his limitations:
1. Panting or blowing respirations
2. Heart rate more than 150 bpm
3. Profuse sweating"

It does not say Profuse sweating alone is a sign the horse is over worked.

"To avoid over-working your horse in excessive heat, try to ride before or after the hottest parts of the day. Examine your local weather report to plan any lessons or strenuous riders during the coolest part of the week. Be prepared to spend more time after the ride to cool your horse off, which may include bathing or sponging with water, handwalking/grazing and monitoring your horse until his or her heart rate is back to normal."

This article just says to be prepared to cool your horse off differently, like a good hosing... it does NOT say that foaming is abuse. While it does say excessive foaming is a sign the horse is approaching its limits... however that is common in training, knowing when to quit but asking more of the horse then the week or month before.

BOTH articles seem to stress the importance of cooling out.
I think most people that have horses that get hot and foamy in the summer spend a good deal of time ending in the walk then hose the critter down before putting them up.
It seems by those articles, if your horse is worked hard enough to develop a lather proper cooling and hydration are the concern.

Again, neither article said foaming/lather is abusive.

But, I'm done talking about sweat. After working one up with my horse (yeah, he was a little hot today) and a good bath for both of us I'm callin it a day.
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    06-01-2012, 10:59 PM
I don't understand how sweating is abusive.

Churumbeque - are you telling me that your horses don't sweat in the field or working under saddle? If you say they don't, I wouldn't believe you.

I ride early in the morning or later in the evening on the hot days. Cool the horse down for 15 minutes and hose off.
    06-01-2012, 11:06 PM
If the horse was lathered on its neck, it's from the reins -- not uncommon at all.

It's hot (this was in FL, correct?) A horse sweats, the rein rubs, ergo lather forms. The same from under the saddle pad or under the fender. Lather between the back legs is also common.

Naturally, we haven't seen the horses that the OP posted about, but I am assuming that's what she saw.
    06-01-2012, 11:23 PM
Okay pheeew took awhile to read through all the posts Im exhausted lol. Before I start what I want to say please please please all do not take this as rude to anyone. Okay....::::Takes deep Breath:::: Like some already stated There is good and bad in ALL disciplines. But people do have opinions and that's okay.
Now my opinion SWEATING I have had my race horses come off the track down right soaked with sweat lather what ever you want to call it. But I can guarantee you they are by far more fit then alot of riding horses (Not bashing anyone ) Their sweating is not from stress not from pain its from working in warm weather. Its all in how you take care of them after. No matter when my horses sweat or lather ( sometimes from the field) I hose down with warm not cold water I then use a brace or alcohol in water and sponge over then scrape off and cool out by walking. Horses blow hard its not a sign of over working them just a sign of working.
As far as Facts etc etc. There are over a thousand books on horse care and training and all have different views on what is what. Doesnt make what they say is the ONLY WAY books are just opinions. Even Vets are not always right. Trust me I know. I had a vet tell me a horse cannoy dehydrate when on Lasix REALLY??? Hmmm Or that horses should not be turned out in fields together REALLY??? Hmmm that's their opinion and they are intitled to it. I choose not to use those who I find not in tune with my opinions and that's okay. Others may like them and that's okay. Its learning to allow people to have opinions and not get overly offensive because they do not agree with you. JMHO

That's my story and Im sticking to it.


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