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post #1 of 44 Old 07-12-2015, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hosing hot horse

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Ive had my horse about 2 weeks now and first time horse owner I know basics but I always like to check with more expirenced people first.. its really hot here in alabama today 100 degrees feels like temp and my horse is sweating pretty good and my scraper broke I cant get one until this evening when my husband gets home from work , I was wanting to hose him down but I read that the water cant stay on them .. is there anything i can use to keep him cool instead ? or?
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post #2 of 44 Old 07-12-2015, 02:36 PM
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The water will run off but you can go over him with you hand...or an old towel.
We have one horse who loves the cool water and then a good roll in the dirt, and one who wants no part of wet.

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awesome i dont know how he will like water so hopefully he likes it .. i know i would lol its dang hot here today!! thanks for the help!


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The water will run off but you can go over him with you hand...or an old towel.
We have one horse who loves the cool water and then a good roll in the dirt, and one who wants no part of wet.
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Just use your hand. Use the side of it to scrape off the water. However don't just leave it- unlike people horses have hair all over, and water doesn't evaporate as quickly on them. The cooling affect is caused by two things: 1. When the water is first sprayed, if it is cool, then it has a cooling affect until the sun and/or horse's body heat warm it up, and 2. The water evaporating from the horse. However, I have read that horses have too much hair for it to all evaporate before it heats up, which is why it needs scraping. If you scrape it off with a squigee-looking sweat scraper or the side of your hand, it will evaporate quickly enough to keep the horse cool for a while. But if you don't, it will merely heat up on the horse and make him hotter.
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well said. yep, horse will be happier if you "strigil" off as much as you can wiht your hand.
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in ancient Greece, athlete would use a "strigil" to remove the sweat from their bodies. first, they rubbed their sweaty bodies with oil, then strigiled off the whole mess, and conserved it in jars, which adoring female fans paid a high price to use as perfume! doesn't that sound like a lovely smell to put behind your ear!

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i have one horse that will push through fences to get to the sprinklers in the pastures. she grazes and stands under it.
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well said. yep, horse will be happier if you "strigil" off as much as you can wiht your hand.
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in ancient Greece, athlete would use a "strigil" to remove the sweat from their bodies. first, they rubbed their sweaty bodies with oil, then strigiled off the whole mess, and conserved it in jars, which adoring female fans paid a high price to use as perfume! doesn't that sound like a lovely smell to put behind your ear!

Oh! BLECH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hi
Ive had my horse about 2 weeks now and first time horse owner I know basics but I always like to check with more expirenced people first.. its really hot here in alabama today 100 degrees feels like temp and my horse is sweating pretty good and my scraper broke I cant get one until this evening when my husband gets home from work , I was wanting to hose him down but I read that the water cant stay on them .. is there anything i can use to keep him cool instead ? or?
Hands do work well, especially on the legs because you can use 2 hands to squeegee him. Got a large silicone spatula?
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Yes hand will work.

I will suggest that you can also get a cooling effect (very temporary mind you.) from spritzing the horse with a mixture of water and alcohol or witch hazel, this typically does not require scraping of any kind, but you shouldn't do it too often as it can dry out the coat and skin.

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The proper way to cool a hot horse
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By dvm360.com staff
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Many owners and trainers have never been taught how to properly cool a hot exercising horse. How hard can it be? Just hose it down with water, right?

Actually, it is very important to understand how to safely and quickly cool down a hot, sweating horse. The 1994 FEI Samsung Equine Sports Medicine Conference was held in Atlanta to address problems that were anticipated because of the intense heat and humidity that was likely to occur during the 1996 Olympic Games. Research from the initiative showed that simply hosing off a horse did little good, did not significantly drop the horse's temperature and might have been detrimental.

Researchers showed that cool to cold water poured or sprayed over a horse's skin wets the horse, and the very thin layer of water actually contacting the horse's skin is super heated quickly to the horse's body temperature. The rest of the water being sponged or dumped or sprayed on the horse merely sheets over that initial one- to two-cell water layer on the horse. The initial water actually acts like a raincoat and does not allow other water molecules to contact and cool the skin, so the horse can in fact become hotter even while being cooled off.

Therefore, clients should be shown that the best method for cooling a horse is to spray or sponge on water with one hand and to almost immediately scrape off the now super heated water with a sweat scraper in your other hand. Spray, scrape, repeat is the cooling method of choice. This means of cooling can significantly drop a horse's core temperature and requires less actual water.
The water can be fairly cold with this method of cooling because it does not stay on the horse's body long enough to cause muscle cramping, which had been a previous concern when cooling horses with the application of cold water.

Increasing airflow also can help with cooling, so fans and a choice of location with a breeze can help cool an exercising horse, but researchers have shown that water is still 20 times more efficient at cooling horses.

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