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post #1 of 7 Old 11-13-2013, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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My horse hardly sweats.

This is something that had been bothering me. Is it possible for him to be in such good shape that he doesn't sweat much? He has sweated before don't get me wrong, but like during the summer he wouldn't be sweating a lot when some of the other horses are drenched. He never seems uncomfortable. But during my riding I have cantered him and at the end he will hardly be breathing any harder and he will be completely dry. In my hour long lesson in 90 degree weather this summer we trotted a lot and he was maybe just damp.My old gelding would be drenched in sweat at the end of lessons. What do you think?
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-13-2013, 01:35 PM
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As long as he is sweating some and not breathing heavy to cool himself like non-sweaters do I would chalk it up to he is good shape. My QH gelding can go for hours trotting and loping in the FL heat and not get dripping with sweat or breathing heavy. I would worry if he stops sweating all together and is breathing heavy trying to cool himself. I had a non-sweater and it was tough to keep him cool.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-13-2013, 03:22 PM
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He could have anhidrosis (inability to sweat; symptoms range from only sweating a little bit to no sweat at all) but if he's not panting and doesn't seem uncomfortable then I wouldn't worry about it too much and just keep a close eye on him in hot weather. No Sweat: Anhidrosis |
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-13-2013, 03:27 PM
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My gelding is the same way. Don't even get me started on trying to get a frickin' sweat patterns on him when checking saddle fit...cuz it doesn't happen. We've gone on four hour trail rides in the middle of (an Arizona) summer over rough terrain and he didn't break a sweat at all and wasn't breathing heavily at all (and I'm no lightweight).
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-13-2013, 06:10 PM
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I think there must be a lot of individual differences. My friend's gelding is about the same size & weight as my two mares, we always ride together so they get about the same amount of exercise, she is maybe 2/3 my weight at most... Yet he usually comes back soaked with sweat, while the girls will only sweat lightly, if at all, except under the saddle pad.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-13-2013, 06:47 PM
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Anhidrosis can come in varying degrees from severe to mile and can be permanent or temporary. You'll hear loads of ways to treat it, but there are not cures and even the treatments are hit and miss (i.e. seemed to work for one horse, but did nothing for another) although you find people that swear by many of them (I know an OTTB that I told to never sweat much -not that he really understands- because the owner keeps giving him Guinness to treat it and he's really gotten use to it )

I've had to deal with it, but fortunately it's always been a somewhat temporary condition with my horses. Always had them improving some after the first year. Sometimes it's over in a year and sometimes they came off of it over several years or sweating progressively more.

It can range from not sweat at all to varying degrees of sweat that's lower than normal (a horse can also have hyperhidrosis which is sweating excessively).

The best first check I'd recommend is your horses temperature. If the body temperature is normal then I wouldn't be overly concerned. Any time it's warm enough that a horse should sweat the lack of sweat is a good first indicator of whether the horse may have an issue. The body temperature is a good follow up to let you know if the horse is dealing with the heat or not. With most horses that have anhidrosis the lack of sweat results in their temperature being higher than normal at times when they should be sweating to reduce their internal heat.

People can suffer from the same condition, but we generally have access to AC so it's easier to deal with.

It's not fun and if the temperatures get high it can be life threatening. I've only encountered it with horses when they've been moved to hotter, humid climate, but that's not a requirement. It can happen pretty much anywhere. It's just very noticeable in the very hot and humid climates and probably poses a greater risk from it because of the higher heat.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-13-2013, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the replies. Gavyn is going to hopefully be doing between 4 and 9 lessons this month and we will see how that goes. Each lesson is an hour long. It will be me, my lite sister, and a friend from the barn. We shall see if he gets sweaty =)
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