Anhidrosis Research Challenge Announced

An anonymous gift was recently announced by the American Quarter Horse Foundation that has the potential to raise $20,000 per year benefitting equine research and in particular anhidrosis.Anhidrosis, from the Greek meaning "without sweating," is a condition primarily of horses in humid climates ; some horses are unable to adapt to these climates. Although imported horses are reportedly most frequently affected, it canalso occur in locally bred animals with no specific regard to age, sex, or breed predisposition.

The "Don't Sweat" Equine Research Challenge for Anhidrosis, is a challenge that will match $1 for every $1 raised, up to $10,000 per year, for equine research specifically designated to the study of anhidrosis. Beginning in 2001 and continuing through 2005, the "Don't Sweat" Equine Research Challenge has the potential to raise $100,000 for anhydrosis. "Anhidrosis is a dangerous condition that effects many horses, especially in warmer climates," said Patti Colbert, AQHF Director of Development. "The money raised to research this condition will affect the entire equine industry including the American Quarter Horse."

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Typically, an anhidrotic horse will pant vigorously when hot. The body temperature of an anhidrotic horse can rise to 103 degrees Fahrenheit, and, in some cases, as high as 105 degrees. Despite this rise in body temperature, the horse's skin will remain dry with some patches of sweating—beneath the mane, between the legs, and on the neck.

These horses will often seek a cool, shady area to rest. If the horse is active, such as training, racing, or competing, it is in a constant state of danger.

A great deal of research has been conducted to determine the symptoms and cause of anhidrosis, however, it seems to have created more questions than answers. This research challenge will ensure that funding is available for continued research.

For information on the "Don't Sweat" Equine Research Challenge for Anhidrosis or on how to give a gift to AQHF, contact the Foundation at 806/376-5181.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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