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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
July 01, 1999
Anyone who has worked or played in high heat knows how exhausting it can be.Â High, fluid-sapping desert heat can drain you in no time as you sweat away volumes of fluids and electrolytes. Then thereâ€™s the suppressive, sweaty,... Read More
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
July 24, 1998
The United States is experiencing a record-setting summer, with temperatures in the Southwest topping the 100-degree mark day after day. The suspects among the causes of this heat streak range from global warming to La Niña,... Read More
July 01, 1998
Q: With summer upon us, I am concerned about exercising my horse in hot weather. What can I do to make sure my horse is properly cooled out? Are there steps I can take before, during, and after exercise? ... Read More
November 01, 1997
Not all horses are alike in their needs for electrolyte replacement after strenuous exertion. Some deplete the... Read More
Q. I live in Northern Illinois where the summers can be very hot and humid. Where is the best place for a horse during the hottest part of the day--in a barn with fans or outside? We are on a hill, so we usually have a brisk breeze.