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post #131 of 213 Old 06-01-2012, 10:29 PM
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Sweating is healthy. A fit horse will start sweating 15 minutes into a workout to help dispense heat. As to what type of sweating is healthy, I've read so many controversal books and articles that I don't know what to believe anymore. Some people say that only a light, transparent sheen of sweat is healthy, while others say that a horse is only working properly when he works up a lather.
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post #132 of 213 Old 06-01-2012, 10:53 PM
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I actually worry if the weather is hot and our horses aren't sweating when were riding. It usually means they are dehydrated.

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post #133 of 213 Old 06-02-2012, 01:36 AM
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I was looking at buying a western horse...now im not too sure. Because of one or two people your judging all of them. I mean seriously, that's just stupid. First you don't know the correct gear that they are using and no I didnt know what drawing reins are either, but how could you actually judge when you didnt know what they were. I went to a show yesterday, sporting show. Was great, we all had a blast and there was 2 riders that were in the wrong, one who yelled, swore and beat the horse really hard with a crop for knocking a pole over. Horse reared and she nearly fell off, maybe next time she will and I was disgusted by her but not my horse, theres nothing I could do about it. There were many people who saw her so if they had a problem the judges would have dealt with it. The second was a man leading a little shetland and making it trot beside him. He had no halter on so the only reason the bit wasnt sliding straight through his mouth was because it was a tom thumb. I hated seeing that but once again it was not my place to say anything and there were judges around who if they thought it was that bad would hve done something. Then there was those really good riders, their horses really excited, having a great time. The point im trying to say is don't judge a crowd of people. And excessive sweating is pretty **** normal for alot of horses. Obviously I'm a very cruel person due to the fact muss is always sweating when I ride him even in winter so far.and since im always sweaty and gross myself im defiently in discomfort and in pain too, better lock me in a white walled room this is defiently a funny thread to read.

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post #134 of 213 Old 06-02-2012, 07:10 AM
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post #135 of 213 Old 06-02-2012, 07:14 AM
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sweating and excess of lather are 2 different things. I also said earlier that lather from like a breast collar rubbing is totally different than excessive lather like the op indicated. I have never been to a show and seen horses like that nor had the op which she didn't like.
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post #136 of 213 Old 06-02-2012, 09:08 AM
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Since the photo shows a racing breastplate, I am not surprised you haven't seen a horse sweating like that at a show.
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post #137 of 213 Old 06-02-2012, 12:09 PM
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Boy oh boy....what a thread! And what do comment on first...LOL!

Ok, first of all, I own a WP horse....and he sweats like a pig in the summer. His head even sweats! No harm, no foul.

For the IBHA, ABRA, AQHA stuff. I used to show IBHA, now I've shown AQHA for close to 2 decades.... and there IS NO comparision to the high level of AQHA. So yes, moving up from IBHA/ABRA to AQHA and being successful is a leap.

For the WP trainers...yep, lots of bad and LOTS of good ones. I happen to know quite a few good ones. I find WP trainers at the local open shows...NO MATTER HOW LARGE, just haven't learned how to train a WP horse yet. They are a few years behind the times.
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post #138 of 213 Old 06-03-2012, 05:34 PM
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I ride a WP/HUS trained AQHA registered horse. He sweats when I ride him and he carries his head low. I have a port bit with which I on occassion use 2 hands while riding. I just wanted to throw that out their so you can all tell me what a horrific person I am. Won't change a thing though because I love my horse and I love the style of which I ride him.

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post #139 of 213 Old 06-03-2012, 05:41 PM
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I quit showing Western Pleasure for due to issues with the industry, but the way the horses move isn't one of them. I understand not enjoying it (I no longer think it's fun), but don't start moaning about it being unnatural. Every discipline takes training. Not to mention it IS natural. These horses are bred to do this and it is trained to be more extreme. It is a form of great collection, and there are horrid extremes but there is also the beautiful horse that moves with a level head and smooth leg movement.

However if you want to criticize the WAY most of these horses are trained, I can not argue. I quit because I could not see an ounce of love for horses from almost anyone. Go ahead and teach your horse to be a WP superstar, but do it without hauling on the bit. If you're going to argue with me saying that everyone was cruel, just remember I'm talking about West Coast (California mainly) APHA breed shows. Maybe it's different elsewhere.
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post #140 of 213 Old 06-03-2012, 05:44 PM
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On the sweating topic, I feel that it's different with every horse. My horse will sweat like a pig in the summer, but when I stop to let him rest his breathing will be almost normal. However my ex-show horse, Bo, will get to breathing with more effort before he even breaks a sweat. It's like people, they sweat at different levels of stress. Pay more attention to strain of breathing.
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