'The puffs' / Anhydrosis - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 6 Old 04-18-2017, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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'The puffs' / Anhydrosis

Has anyone had any experience with a horse that 'puffs' and doesn't sweat?
I'm in a very hot climate all year round, and i believe it can be quite common here.
The horse I'm riding barely sweats, and just puffs a lot. I know the best solution is to send the horse to a moderate / cooler climate. But i was wondering if anyone has had any experience with helping the horse sweat, with vitamins / feed / tropo salts etc. As we are coming into our coolest time of year I'm hoping he will get better but nonetheless any knowledge would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-18-2017, 05:19 AM
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My horse lost her ability to sweat as she developed Cushing's. Once I put her on the medication for Cushing's (Prascend), she started sweating normally again. I know there are probably other causes, but Cushing's can be one that is treatable.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-18-2017, 06:13 AM
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I also had a horse with cushings that lost the ability to sweat. Prascend worked for a little while and then stopped working even after giving her higher and higher doses. OneAC worked one year and then not the next also. I don't think that every horse who develops anhidrosis has cushings but it wouldn't hurt to test for it.

There are a myriad of things you can try. It seems that one will work on one horse but not the next. You can try a dark stout beer in the feed (like Guinness), OneAC, or Equiwinner patch.

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Unless the horse is over 15, the chances of it being Cushings related is pretty small.
You need to review your horse's diet, ensure that there is a free choice salt/mineral available, and ensure that there is plenty of fresh water availabe. Then talk to your vet about other possible causes of anhydrosis.

For general management, they should be provided ample shade, stalled with fans during the hottest part of the day and hose him down repeatedly during hot days. These horses should not be worked when it is hot because they can easily suffer heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
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Thank Ryle,

All very helpful, as he's only 5, I agree I don't think it could be Cushings, or very unlikely.
I will look into all of the above. I am hosing him as often and long as possible to try cool him off.
Fresh water isn't an issue, shade isn't an issue, but will definitely look into getting salt/mineral and speak to the vet about what I can do with his diet.

Thanks again for all your insight.
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This is a method of helping a horse sweat that I have heard from more than one old timer, including vets. From the linked article, sounds like it won't do any harm so might be worth a try. Beer....

Is it OK to feed beer to my horse? - Expert how-to for English Riders

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