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I can really feel him lift his back under my seat …

Quick trip to California this week to see about 25 horses in 2 barns with 3 super trainers. The old wooden barns in the Bay Area always have such a nice vibe. The farrier is here shoeing we have blood work on a lot of the horses. It feels good to be part of these athletes team. ... See MoreSee Less

Quick trip to California this week to see about 25 horses in 2 barns with 3 super trainers. The old wooden barns in the Bay Area always have such a nice vibe. The farrier is here shoeing we have blood work on a lot of the horses. It feels good to be part of these athletes team.Image attachment

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Have a great time in CA. Love this barn! Where is it?

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Good nutrition gives you shine whether or not you groom. This horse was not groomed before this picture. Wish your ungroomed horse had a shine like this? Reach out and see how we can help.

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Bentley!

As we experience an extreme heatwave ๐Ÿฅต here in Arizona ๐ŸŒต I want to draw attention to the importance of sweat ๐Ÿ˜“ and electrolytes. When I tell folks who don't live here that the horses often sweat so much that they become encrusted in salt ๐Ÿง‚ they often don't believe me. But here is the evidence. Horse sweat is extremely concentrated in electrolytes and you MUST replace them in order to keep your horses ๐Ÿด eating, drinking and functioning properly.

The recommendations of 1 tbsp table salt ๐Ÿง‚ per 500 lbs body weight per day only provides their minimum requirement on a cool day doing no work. It WILL NOT replace the kind of sweat ๐Ÿ˜“ losses seen in the image below. For that you MUST give extra salt or electrolytes.

If your horse has an elevated respiratory rate in hot ๐Ÿฅต weather when they are at rest it may be a sign that they are not sweating adequately enough to regulate body temperature ๐Ÿค’ Respiration is their 2nd way of keeping cool ๐Ÿฅถ Anhidrosis or a compromised ability to sweat is a real concern for horses ๐Ÿด living in hot climates ๐ŸŒตIt can happen over night meaning that horses who have never had an issue before can suddenly stop sweating. In fact they may have been sweating perfectly a couple of days before. Other than moving to a cooler climate there are no proven cures. Horses ๐Ÿด that can not sweat ๐Ÿ˜“ run the risk of overheating which can progress to heat stroke๐Ÿฅต.

Horses ๐Ÿด with an inability to ๐Ÿ˜“ may still sweat in patches but will not sweat as profusely as other horses ๐Ÿด in the same conditions. They may develop dry flakey skin and loose hair especially on their foreheads.

I would rather see a horse encrusted with sweat than one with a clean coat and breathing hard. I can help the sweating horse by supplementing with electrolytes they have lost by feeding more salt or using an electrolyte supplement. There is not much I can do for the horse that has stopped sweating.

If you have any concerns about your horse's ability to regulate body temperature in hot weather you need to contact your veterinarian.
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As we experience an extreme heatwave ๐Ÿฅต here in Arizona ๐ŸŒต I want to draw attention to the importance of sweat ๐Ÿ˜“ and electrolytes. When I tell folks who dont live here that the horses often sweat so much that they become encrusted in salt ๐Ÿง‚ they often dont believe me. But here is the evidence. Horse sweat is extremely concentrated in electrolytes and you MUST replace them in order to keep your horses ๐Ÿด eating, drinking and functioning properly. 

The recommendations of 1 tbsp table salt ๐Ÿง‚ per 500 lbs body weight per day only provides their minimum requirement on a cool day doing no work. It WILL NOT replace the kind of sweat ๐Ÿ˜“ losses seen in the image below. For that you MUST give extra salt or electrolytes. 

If your horse has an elevated respiratory rate in hot ๐Ÿฅต weather when they are at rest it may be a sign that they are not sweating adequately enough to regulate body temperature ๐Ÿค’ Respiration is their 2nd way of keeping cool ๐Ÿฅถ Anhidrosis or a compromised ability to sweat is a real concern for horses ๐Ÿด living in hot climates ๐ŸŒตIt can happen over night meaning that horses who have never had an issue before can suddenly stop sweating.  In fact they may have been sweating perfectly a couple of days before. Other than moving to a cooler climate there are no proven cures. Horses ๐Ÿด that can not sweat ๐Ÿ˜“ run the risk of overheating which can progress to heat stroke๐Ÿฅต. 

Horses ๐Ÿด with an inability to ๐Ÿ˜“ may still sweat in patches but will not sweat as profusely as other horses ๐Ÿด in the same conditions. They may develop dry flakey skin and loose hair especially on their foreheads. 

I would rather see a horse encrusted with sweat than one with a clean coat and breathing hard. I can help the sweating horse by supplementing with electrolytes they have lost by feeding more salt or using an electrolyte supplement. There is not much I can do for the horse that has stopped sweating. 

If you have any concerns about your horses ability to regulate body temperature in hot weather you need to contact your veterinarian.

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Feed Redmond equine salt, it is a natural balanced electrolyte. ๐Ÿ’–

Your recent podcast on this topic was so helpful.

I listened to your podcast…very informative. I supplement my horse with salt all year long and understand the concern of of replacing their electrolytes sweated out during hot weather. What are your thoughts about supplementing the same or more salt during cold weather to encourage horses to drink? thank you!

What adjustments would you make for donkeys (if any)?

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