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post #1 of 9 Old 07-25-2011, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Too hot to hose off?

Okay so its been ultra hot here lately, getting up to 100 with heat index up to 112. And I was wondering if I hose off the horses will it make them hotter while they are drying off since its so humid here? I dont want to make them miserable while they are drying off just cause I hosed em off. So what do you think? The only reason I am asking this is cause I heard it makes them hotter while they are drying off...

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I've been hosing mine daily. Start with the legs and then move up doing the chest last. They actually seem to enjoy it.

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-25-2011, 02:07 PM
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it is fine to hose them off with cold water. yes start at the legs and work your way up so you don't shock them ( it shouldn't cause a health problem but i wouldn't want to be suddenly splashed with cold water)

the most important part after cold rinsing a horse is to sweat scrape them after. if you leave them dripping wet the water actually insulates and increases heat. if you sweat scrape them just enough so they aren't dripping but still wet. the evaporation process will cool them off.
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If you let the water just sit on them then yes, it can make them hotter.

Hose off, then sweat scrape. That way, the water doesn't get a chance to insulate the heat against the body. It's excess water left on the body that causes overheating, not hosing them off.

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If you let the water just sit on them then yes, it can make them hotter.

Hose off, then sweat scrape. That way, the water doesn't get a chance to insulate the heat against the body. It's excess water left on the body that causes overheating, not hosing them off.
Okay, that makes sense. Only thing is I dont have a sweat scraper... Ill just dry him off with a towel until hes not dripping wet... Thanks!

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A chamois cloth works great too, like you'd dry your car with.
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Coming from dogs I know that water attracts the sunlight and can make them hotter. With dogs we wet down the feet and the underbelly to keep them cool. I never cold hose my horses' backs as this is going to draw the sunlight right to it. But legs and belly are perfect. I cold hose the tail too so that when they are swatting it around they can continue a cool cycle for water.

Of course dogs generally have more hair than horses, still with the heat and sun being the way it is, I won't take that risk. My one guy sunburns on his white nose pretty easily so no need to attract more sunlight!

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Okay, that makes sense. Only thing is I dont have a sweat scraper... Ill just dry him off with a towel until hes not dripping wet... Thanks!
The back of a brush or comb works just as well, however the sweat scrapers with the "squeegie" part really helps to get the excess water off.


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Lol, I love your picture Equilove, its so cute Man, I just love it DDD

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