Monday, May 30, 2016

Strategies for Cooling your Horse

Cooling out a Hot Horse
source document: http://www.equisearch.com/article/cooling-out-hot-horse-17252

Provide a Proper Cool Down for your Horse
source document: https://kppusa.com/tips-and-topics/provide-proper-cool-down-period-horse/

Cooling out Over-heated Horses
source document: https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/ponyclub.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/hm_resource_page/cooling_out_overheated_horse.pdf

Opinions of cooling techniques among high level riders in various disciplines.

 Heat Stress in Horses
source document: http://www.thehorse.com/articles/13991/heat-stress-in-horses

Heat Stress Too Hot to Trot?

And because it is hot....let's not forget the electrolytes!
Source document: http://www.equinews.com/article/pass-the-salt-endurance-horses-and-electrolytes

Quick take-a-ways from the above article:

  • Horses loose up to 30 teaspoons of salt per hour during competition.
  •   Try to replace about half of the estimated electrolyte losses from sweat.
  • The first ingredient on the label of your electrolyte should be SALT (not dextrose or other sugary substance). "If a commercial electrolyte mix with more than 15% sugar is purchased, the consumer is basically paying for sugar—not electrolytes."
  •  "Only hydrated horses should be given electrolyte supplements."

Ride safe!!!

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