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post #11 of 13 Old 07-21-2017, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Reiningcatsanddogs View Post

Any time a horse has to digest large amounts of food at one time, the process of digestion (which requires a release of energy) will raise body temp as the blood is diverted to the process of digesting a heavy load. Protein (often found in feeds and alfalfa) is one of the most difficult things to digest. It is part of what makes High protein diets like Atkins work in people. You burn more calories to digest it than you put in.

Most horses don't graze their pelleted feed like they might hay and eat it all at once, putting that food/protien all in the stomach at one time.


"This process is called deamination and it generates more metabolic heat compared to regular digestion and absorption of dietary protein. This extra heat increases the horse’s total heat load and it must burn even more calories to increase breathing and sweating rates, and drink more water to rid its body of this extra heat and nitrogen."
Thank you for taking the time to reply. Mine only get a cup in the am and pm along with hay, so we are ok. I had an understanding of how their bodies produced heat while eating/ digesting. And for some crazed reason I thought there was something in the process of making the pellets that was a cause for concern. Hence the crazy sounding question.
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I am so grateful to everyone who has posted a reply! This was my first post on the forum and the information I'm given was such a help. Forgive me for not knowing how to tag everyone who contributed to personally say "thank you!" We've had a salt block out ever since it's started turning warm and I actually added another water source so she wouldn't have to go very far if thirsty. The frozen jugs are a great idea! Going to try that tomorrow..not much bothers her she will probably want to play around with them ! I'm thinking I will get the vet to do a blood draw just to check things out not really knowing her history...and it's always a good idea to have a baseline right? Knowing others have some horses that sweat and some that don't really puts my mind at ease. Thanks again for all the help y'all! (I can't believe it gets that hot in Iowa or Missouri!) ?
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post #13 of 13 Old 07-22-2017, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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....currently looking up Anhidrosis too though.....thanks!
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