How to make a Horse Sweat
Initially when you talk about how to make a horse sweat
it sounds much like leading a horse to water. So I’ll make it clear,
this simple protocol may or may not work for your horse but it has
proven to work for many others. In the least, I hope it will provide
direction in case you find your horse slipping into symptoms of
This tip is not completely about anhidrosis because that is a tip in
its own right.
However, if your horse exhibits continued instances of non-sweating
a diagnosis of anhidrosis may be around the corner. As with any
abnormal body response early detection and treatment is key.
Anhidrosis is also known as the “non-sweating disease.” In the early
stages you may see horses panting heavily, even beyond cessation of
work. Visually there will be very little, patchy or no sweat as well
as an elevated pulse and increased body temperature. If you witness
these symptoms immediate veterinarian care is recommended. Sweating
is how the body cools itself. Thus the initial protocol is to
provide means of cooling the horse with a cool mist of water or
sponging, fans, shade and exposure to a breeze/wind.
For preventative care balanced minerals, vitamins
and electrolytes need to be incorporated into the diet.
Culprits that lead to anhidrosis are poor nutrient and imbalanced
diets, poor quality and imbalanced water plus lack of hydration. If
you have a horse that exhibits symptoms of anhidrosis support of a
nutritionist would be beneficial.
Lastly, if you find yourself at a competition/ride with a horse that
is not sweating appropriately we have discovered a simple protocol.
An electrolyte supplement mixed with a liquid digestive support
product has worked wonders to getting the ball rolling again. The
continued use of this combination throughout the competition/ride
and post work may get you through a serious situation until the
horse’s diet and source of water may be evaluated. There are
products on the market that indicate they are supportive of horses
with anhidrosis; however, we strongly suggest the diet and water be
reviewed prior to their application.
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