BY LESLIE POTTER
Horses and humans
are among the few
animals that produce
sweat all over their
bodies as a form
are some facts about
your horse’s summer sweat.
■ Sweat cools the body when it evaporates off the skin. Water doesn’t evaporate
as well in humid conditions, which is why the risk of overheating is higher on
■ That white, foamy sweat you sometimes see on your horse is due to a protein
called latherin. Latherin is believed to help sweat spread over the surface of
the coat more quickly, leading to more rapid cooling.
■ In addition to water and latherin, horse sweat contains
chloride, sodium, potassium and magnesium.
Electrolyte supplements help replace the
salts and minerals that are lost during times
of heavy sweating.
■ Anhidrosis is a condition in which affected
horses sweat very little or not at all. There are
a variety of dietary strategies purported to alleviate
the condition—adding a can of dark beer to a
horse’s daily rations used to be a popular one—
but stopping work and hosing the horse down
with cool water during hot weather are considered the best management options. In
severe cases, affected horses may
need to move to a cooler,
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If your horse lives within earshot of
a local Fourth of July fireworks display, here are some tips to make the
evening less traumatic.
■ Keeping your horse in the barn
will help block the sights and
sounds, especially if you can leave
the lights on and some music
playing to distract from the
■ Do a thorough check of your
stalls and fences to make sure
they’re sturdy, secure, and have
no loose nails or jagged boards.
■ There are specially designed ear
plugs for horses that are used to
muffle distracting sounds at shows
and racetracks. These don’t completely block all noise, but they
may help decrease the booming.
■ If you know your horse will
react badly, talk to your vet
about sedation options. For some
horses, it’s the best way to avoid
the risk of injury caused by
by Pony Pomms;
JULY 22 is National Day of the Cowboy,
recognizing the importance of cowboy culture in the United States,
past and present. nationaldayofthecowboy.com