Mesa, AZ (PRWEB) June 25, 2013
Summertime – and the livin’ is not always easy for horse owners and trainers. With the hottest temperatures of the year just around the corner, it’s more important than ever to know if a horse is sweating adequately and, if not, to correct the problem.
Like humans, horses need to sweat in order to regulate their body temperature and keep them cool. This natural cooling system not only needs to operate, it needs to operate at peak efficiency whether in temperature extremes or after the exertion of exercise or work.
When a horse doesn’t sweat at all after a workout, not even under the tack, something is seriously wrong. This condition is called anhidrosis or non-sweating. Not all sweating problems are obvious, though.
According to Signal-Health, it’s easy to miss the signs. Owners and trainers sometimes don’t notice indications of inefficient sweating. They may not know how to check for them. Or they may treat the horse for other problems such as respiratory or skin issues without realizing that inefficient sweating could well be the underlying cause of those conditions.
Left untreated, inefficient sweating can cause the horse to overheat and will affect performance immediately. It can also compromise a horse’s long-term level of health. Like heat stroke in humans, at its most severe, it can be fatal.
As a result, and in consultation with researchers and veterinarians, Signal-Health has compiled a simple, 3-point checklist to help horse owners and trainers identify sweating problems so they may be caught early and treated promptly.
1) Take the horse’s temperature at rest, after exercise and again at intervals after exercise
This is the first thing to check because the relationship between sweat and body temperature can help determine whether or not the horse is sweating efficiently.
To take the temperature, place a
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