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post #1 of 15 Old 10-22-2014, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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General horse question

Hey everyone,
Thanks for giving me an honest answer on this before i start.

I have a great idea for a product that will expedite the cooling of your horse after a hot summer ride, or after a winter ride (especially if they're not clipped). the caveat to this is that the horse will essentially be plugged into a garden hose while the cooling process takes place.

Will having the horse plugged into a device like this, hurt or irritate the horse in any way?
This will be able to applied while the horse is in cross ties.
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-22-2014, 04:53 PM
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Howdy and welcome to the forum, Fishburn

So long as the horse is broke to stand for your invention and there isn't anything that's going to put uncomfortable pressure in any concentrated area, there is no reason why being hooked to a hose (I'm assuming for some sort of warm/dry air flow??) would be a problem at all.
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Howdy and welcome to the forum, Fishburn

So long as the horse is broke.

Yes of course I forgot to mention! This device will not be used on wild mustangs because there is no reason to cool them.
This will be used only for your horse which is saddle broken, after a ride so you can put it back into its stall and allow it to eat sooner without the fear of colic
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Yes of course I forgot to mention! This device will not be used on wild mustangs because there is no reason to cool them.
This will be used only for your horse which is saddle broken, after a ride so you can put it back into its stall and allow it to eat sooner without the fear of colic
I think you misunderstood what smrobs meant.

She didn't mean saddle broke (although that helps).

She meant desensitized to whatever components make up your invention. I'm envisioning some sort of blanket/cover through which water is circulating, yes? If this is the case, not all horses will tolerate a blanket (my gelding swears they're going to eat him), so you need to take those sorts of things into consideration.
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I think you misunderstood what smrobs meant.

She didn't mean saddle broke (although that helps).

She meant desensitized to whatever components make up your invention. I'm envisioning some sort of blanket/cover through which water is circulating, yes? If this is the case, not all horses will tolerate a blanket (my gelding swears they're going to eat him), so you need to take those sorts of things into consideration.
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I'm assuming this will always be on a horse to horse basis? I know my horse is terrified of water, but i'm sure not all of them are
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Yes, it is a case-by-case basis. Just something to consider.
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i personally would not be for a product or device like this.

the cooling out process, in my mind, is very important for the horse and for the rider/groom. not only does it give the human time to observe the horse and ensure there are no issues arising from the ride (lameness, soreness, heat in legs, etc), it also gives horse and human some quiet time to relax together, walking until the horse's breathing and heart rate are back to normal resting range.

hooking up a horse to a machine and having it stand still won't accomplish the above as well. like tying a horse to a hot walker, it promotes human convenience but personally i think it inhibits the horse/human relationship.
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Walking a horse to cool it is for moving the lactic acid from the muscles. To not do so can cause azutoria of varying degrees. Severe cases mean no attempting to walk the horse but waiting for a vet to administer IV fluids. There are some things we have to do with our horses for which there are no shortcuts.



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Sweat-wicking vs. cooling down

Are you using this to help dry the un-clipped horse in the winter time? As others have mentioned, walking after exertion is crucial to rid the body of toxins, so walking the horse is necessary for the cool down phase. This is the same for us humans when we work out - walking, stretching, and adequate water consumption make for a healthy horse.

If your talking about drying the horse instead of using polar fleece coolers so they don't catch a chill in the cold winter months, I'm interested to see what you are developing!

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I have a great idea for a product that will expedite the cooling of your horse after a hot summer ride, or after a winter ride (especially if they're not clipped). .
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-23-2014, 05:39 PM
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The issue I see with your invention is with when the horse is sweaty. Will the sweat be able to evaporate under your invention? Will there be enough air flow under it? Your invention may help cool them but will you have a cool, wet horse when you're done?

All horses can get used to your invention. No horse likes to get a bath the first time but they can get used to it. Same with blankets.

Also, with your invention, how fast would it cool the horse? Too fast can cause shock to the horse and their organs. Just something to consider.
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