Re: Relevante - Question About Sweating

Lavinia Fiscaletti

Hi Lynn,

Sounds like you've got a good handle on his reasons for sweating. Also, older horses in general, PPID horses in particular, don't regulate temperature as well as they did when they were younger. Checking for signs of distress like labored breathing, elevated heart rate that doesn't return to normal, lethargy is good. His salt intake is only 1 oz/per day at the current dosing (2tbs = 1ounce), which meets basic requirements at rest. As soon as he starts sweating he needs to have his salt intake increased to compensate for the losses in sweat.:

"in the dead of winter a horse needs at least 1 oz of salt (2
tablespoons) and should go through a 2 pound block or ball of salt in a month. In high
temperatures, with no work at all, that shoots up to 2, 3 or sometimes more ounces depending
on how much they sweat. With light sweating during exercise, the horse needs
another ounce of salt for every hour worked to replace the sodium lost or 1.25 ounces of salt
to make up the chloride losses. If sweating heavily, this goes up 4x higher."

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You can hose him directly with the well water. Start on his legs and move up onto his body to acclimate him to the temp in case he is startled. Let the water sit on him a bit, then scrape off - it will have warmed to body temp by then, which means it's pulling the heat away from him, helping to cool him out. I always used plain white vinegar added to a bucket of water to sponge off with as it cuts sweat really well and the smell can sometimes deter the bugs for a bit. It's available everywhere and is really easy on the budget :)

Lavinia, George Too, Calvin (PPID) and Dinky (PPID/IR)
Nappi, George and Dante Over the Bridge
Jan 05, RI
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