Heat Stress

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Equine Pampering of Olympic Proportions

August 16, 2008

By now, the Swiss dressage team might be feeling pangs of regret at its decision not to enter the 2008 Olympic equestrian competition.

Citing concerns about weather conditions and pollution, the Swiss Read More

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Cooling Systems Help Olympic Horses Beat the Heat

August 13, 2008

Years of in-depth preparation, planning, and some luck combined to make cross-country at the 2008 Olympics a success, according to vets on the scene.

"We were lucky with the weather," said Foreign Veterinary Delegate Leo Jeffcott, MA,... Read More

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Olympic Eventing: Cross-Country Wet, But a Bright Day for Sport

August 11, 2008

The good news is that the anxiously awaited eventing cross-country competition at the 2008 Olympic Games was a success, with careful planning and course design, the weather, and a dollop of luck combining to produce a four-hour contest with no... Read More

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Olympic Horse Safety: Team Monitors Hong Kong Weather

August 05, 2008

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) has deployed a dedicated team of meteorologists to provide weather information at the equestrian event venues to ensure that both the organizers and the public are fully informed of the weather conditions during... Read More

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Ohio State Veterinarian Faces Familiar Challenges at 2008 Olympics

August 01, 2008

Catherine Kohn, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, will be part of a multinational team of veterinarians caring for horses competing at the 2008 Olympics.... Read More

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Olympic Equestrian Arrangements are Years in the Making

July 27, 2008

The decision to hold the equestrian competitions of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Hong Kong continues to be a topic of interest and debate. The events were moved because competition organizers sought to minimize the risk o... Read More

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20 Hot Weather Trailering Tips

July 01, 2008

Keep your horses cooler, less stressed, and happier when hauling in hot, humid conditions.... Read More

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Animal Welfare Group Tours Hong Kong Olympic Stables

June 25, 2008

Representatives of the Animal Welfare Advisory Group (AWAG) visited the Sha Tin and Beas River Olympic equestrian facilities in Hong Kong June 24.

"It's very impressive," said AWAG spokesperson Chan Pui-tin. "Before I came here I had a lot... Read More

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Readers Respond: Loving Summer

June 13, 2008

More than 1,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What activities will you do with your horse this summer?"

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Use Careful Management to Avoid Equine Heat Stress

June 12, 2008

With temperatures rising higher as summer approaches, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is cautioning horse owners to be sure that their animals do not become victims to the heat.

During the summer, measures should always... Read More

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37-Year-Old Competitive Trail Horse Completes Another Ride

June 03, 2008

Elmer Bandit, a 37-year-old Half-Arabian gelding, completed the Indian Territory North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) ride over Memorial Day weekend, finishing in sixth place and bringing his lifetime mileage total to 20,360.

The... 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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Summer Games: Keeping Equine Athletes Cool

February 18, 2008

David Marlin, BSc (Hons.) PhD, of David Marlin Consulting Ltd., worked on heat and humidity research for the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. He elaborated on some important steps being taken to protect horses from the worst effects of heat... Read More

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Olympic Organizers Confident Hong Kong Weather will not Endanger Horses

January 10, 2008

Olympic organizers do not expect other equestrian teams to follow the lead of Switzerland by pulling out of events at this year's Games due to Hong Kong's heat and humidity.

The Swiss team said Wednesday that it would not take part in the... Read More

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Coping With the Heat

August 01, 2007

During hot weather, heat dissipation is primarily dependent on evaporation of sweat on the skin surface. Horses are capable of producing large quantities of sweat--sweating rates of 10-15 liters/hour1,2 have been reported during exercise... Read More

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Heat Stress: Prevention, Recognition are Key

June 16, 2007

Now that summer weather is here, it's important to make sure you aren't asking too much of your equine partner. The conditioning program you implement for your horse is a big factor in preventing dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Clinical signs... Read More

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Stay Cool: Helping Horses Adjust in Extreme Heat

August 04, 2006

The heat wave that swept across the U.S. this week broke temperature records and strained power grids as people cranked up the air conditioning in an attempt to keep cool. Horses also suffered in the extreme temperatures, prompting a shut-down a... Read More

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Heat Stress Prevention

April 13, 2006

Editor's Note: Dr. Godman, DVM, MS, graduated from Auburn's vet school 1993 and received his Masters at University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. He currently works for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

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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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Dehydration Alert

July 01, 2001

When horses are working hard, especially in hot weather, they are particularly prone to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. The official term for one symptom of these problems is a mouthful: synchronous diaphragmatic flutter... Read More

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Fluids And Electrolytes

April 01, 2000

With the summer months approaching, it is time for a refresher on the impact of the warmer environmental conditions on your horse. Warmer temperatures and high relative humidity place added stress on horses during exercise because of their... Read More

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USDA Issues Heat Advisory For Traveling Animals

August 06, 1999

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service advises animal owners to be aware of the daily temperature and its effect on their animals, especially when transporting them.... Read More

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Cool Aid: Beating the Heat With Working Horses

July 01, 1999

Anyone who has worked or played in high heat knows how exhausting it can be.  High, fluid-sapping desert heat can drain you in no time as you sweat away volumes of fluids and electrolytes. Then there’s the suppressive, sweaty,... Read More

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Veterinarian's Input On Olympics Horse Events Has Had Global Impact

October 16, 1998

The 1996 Summer Olympics may be over, but a success story involving veterinary medicine and horses that went virtually unnoticed then has had a lasting impact.

Despite the heat and humidity... Read More