Thermoregulation & Body Temperature

Lyall submitted this image of her mare’s unusual sweat pattern.

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Uneven Sweating and Intermittent Lameness in a Horse

May 20, 2014

What could cause an unusual sweat pattern and occasional lameness in a horse? ... Read More

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Could Eye Temperature Help Detect Stress in Horses?

December 13, 2013

Can you see stress in your horse's eyes? It's possible if you've got an infrared thermographic camera.... Read More

Researchers believe the revived quagga, seen here in a London zoo in 1870, could offer scientists some exciting equine research opportunities.

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Extinct Zebra Subspecies Could Aid Equine Research

September 21, 2013

This revived species could offer scientists some exciting equine research opportunities.... Read More

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Body Heat and Thermal-Neutral Temperature

November 27, 2012

What is a thermal-neutral temperature?... Read More

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Clipping, Blankets Helpful in Cold-Weather Exercise Recovery

August 24, 2012

Clipped horses achieved faster post-exercise recovery than unclipped horses when working in cold temperatures.... Read More

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Take Your Horse's Temperature

July 19, 2012

Tom Cassleberry, DVM, of Fairfield, Calif., shows you how to take your horse's temperature.... Read More

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Domestic Equids Can Still 'Chill' Like Their Ancestors

April 24, 2012

New research indicates horses can slow body processes to conserve energy when environmental factors dictate.... Read More

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Complicated Equine Skin Diseases

March 23, 2012

Complicated and emerging equine skin disorders do exist, but they are rare, according to one researcher. ... Read More

Senior horse, exercise, riding, older horse

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Older Horses: Decreased Thermoregulation During Exercise

July 25, 2011

Senior horses have a propensity for developing hyperthermia, or elevated body temperature, when exercising.... Read More

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Turn Down the Heat!

July 22, 2011

Someone turned up the heat and humidity this week, which resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 beef cattle... Read More

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Summer Horse Housing: Barn or Pasture with Shade?

July 06, 2011

Where is the best place for a horse during the hottest part of a summer day--in a barn with fans or outside?... Read More

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Thermographic Eye Thermometers for Horses

April 08, 2011

A horse's body temperature can indicate everything from an internal ailment (such as colic) to an infectious disease to hypothermia. Or it can simply confirm that a horse is healthy and ready for action. While most owners and veterinarians step to ... Read More

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Hot Summer Tip: Pay Attention to Horse's Physical State

August 11, 2010

Summertime temperatures are running wild across the United States this week, with Oklahoma hitting approximately 105 degrees F, which is leading a number of equine owners to study their horse's heat tolerance with more than a little caution.... Read More

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Summer Riding: When the Rider is Hot, the Horse is Hotter

July 08, 2010

A hot humid day. One rider. One horse. Both exercise at a moderate level. Who is more likely to overheat?... Read More

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Trailering Anxiety or Heat?

October 01, 2009

My 24-year-old Arab gelding recently came off the trailer very sweaty and with tremors in his muscles...... Read More

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Study: Neurologic Signs Not Limited to One EHV-1 Strain

September 11, 2009

Anytime a horse develops fever, malaise, and a stumbling gait or inability to stand, owners should contact a veterinarian immediately--they might be dealing with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). In addition, the animal should be quarantined to... Read More

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Summer Heat Too Hot to Handle? (Book Excerpt)

April 01, 2008

With the exception of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, which began in September to allow for the southern hemisphere's "reversed" order of seasons--winter in Australia is summer in North America--the summer Olympic Games generally are held in just... Read More

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Blanketing Q&A

October 01, 2005

Crisp fall air signals a perennial dilemma for many horse owners: To blanket or not to blanket? ... Read More

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Foal Temperature Regulation

August 01, 2003

Q: I recently clipped my 1-week-old Norwegian Fjord colt as he was having a hard time with the 95-97-degree heat here in Florida. We at first thought he was really sick with a fever, but after ruling out everything else we (me,... Read More

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Heat Stress in Horses

July 01, 2003

Beneath your helmet, your head feels hot and sweat drips off your face as you ride. Your horse's neck is soaked, and your reins are slippery and lathered. The more you call for an effort from your horse, the more sluggish he seems. Despite movin... Read More

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Chilling Out After Exercise

July 01, 2001

The mid-summer heat brings added challenges in managing the athletic horse. Regardless of whether your horse is competing in a show, trail ride, or high-level three-day event, hot weather places additional demands on his body. You need to be... Read More

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Warming Up to the Task

April 01, 2001

In human athletics, undertaking some type of preliminary exercise or warm-up before vigorous exercise generally is regarded as being a beneficial and important part of the overall preparation for training and competition. Although there is often... Read More

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Protect Horses from Exhaustion and Overheating

January 01, 2001

A horse asked to perform strenuous exercise often is pushed to the limits of his body's mechanisms to recover. In most cases, these mechanisms allow the horse to finish the exercise with no problem. Sometimes, however, the horse's ability to... Read More

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Rehydration Research

September 01, 2000

As you untack from your lengthy trail ride, which consisted of several gallops, your mare stretches longingly toward the nearby water trough. You notice she is still hot and breathing hard. Do you let her take a sip, or are you putting her healt... Read More

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Mystery Solved: Guttural Pouches

July 01, 2000

What an amazing athletic machine is the horse. Few other animals of similar size and bulk manage to move with such efficiency, grace, and sheer speed. But despite our having worked side by side for... Read More