Balance Electrolytes to Help Horses Sweat Efficiently!
The horse is one of the few mammals that, like humans, relies on skin sweating as the main method of cooling during heat or exercise. The greater muscle mass and the greater work rate of the horse, than of humans, results in much greater heat production during exercise. Also the horse has less skin surface area, proportional to weight, for cooling evaporation than humans.
The horse has evolved to be able to travel rapidly for long distances in the heat, needing only drinking water at intervals. In order for a horse to work and perform to the maximum of its ability, the carefully balanced sweating mechanism which has evolved, has to be working efficiently. If the sweating system is not working efficiently, then the horse's ability to perform at its best will be limited. If sweating problems are not corrected, then often the horse may not be able to work, or will be severely limited with instances of refusal to perform at all.
We have seen so many horses described as erratic, lazy, stubborn, stressed out, and so on, when a careful examination shows that they are simply not sweating properly. If proper sweating can be rehabilitated the horse character is changed entirely, much easier to handle and eager to work.
There is a relationship between sweat and stress. A stressed horse will sweat, in the same way as humans. Horses will produce more sweat during transportation in vehicles or aircraft, and at the start of a race or other performance. If the horse is not sweating properly, this will cause the horse real distress, resulting in abnormal behaviour. Once the sweat system is stabilised the physical component of stress is removed, so removing the cause of the distress.
Sweating, which is often ignored, is extremely important for the horse's ability to compete and perform and also for the horse's health and welfare.
How do we know whether the horse is sweating properly? The sweat glands operate in two distinct ways. The first is called insensible perspiration. Insensible perspiration continues at all times, day and night. This low level perspiration keeps the skin moist and is well known as the sign of a healthy horse. The perspiration contains protective anti-microbial peptides, which are necessary to prevent any infective microbes from entering the skin.
If the horse has reduced insensible perspiration, then the skin and coat will appear dull and dry, the sign of an unhealthy horse. Proper sweating is also associated with proper hydration of the skin, and of the muscles of the horse. The test for hydration is to take a large pinch of skin on the flank between the thumb and forefinger. This is known as 'tenting'. On release of the 'tent', properly hydrated skin will spring flat again. Insufficiently hydrated skin will take a couple of seconds or more to go flat. Assuming the horse has water available, and is drinking, then poor body hydration means that attention is needed to the sweating system for insensible perspiration.
The second way in which the sweat ducts work is to produce copious sweat for cooling. As the horse warms up from either hot temperatures or exercise, or both, the sweat glands at the front of the horse start to push out this copious sweat to start the cooling process. As the exercise continues, or the temperature rises, more and more of the millions of sweat glands become activated in the output of sweat. This starts with the sweat glands on the front of the horse, progressing along the body of the horse to the rear. Horse sweat contains a white protein often called lather, which helps the sweat to stick to the coat, so that the cooling effect lasts a little longer.
So proper second level copious sweating should produce a damp skin along the whole length of the body. How long it takes for the whole body to become damp depends on the length of time of exercise and the temperature. On a warm day it would typically be about 30 minutes, but much longer on a cold day.
We are often told that a horse is sweating very nicely, thank you. On examination, however, we find that there is excessive sweating at the front of the horse, really soaking the skin, and also under the saddle, with dry areas elsewhere. This is not efficient sweating and the horse will not be able to provide maximum performance. The horse is likely to be distressed when put under pressure.
You can test your horse for proper sweating. When the horse is thoroughly warmed up, push the fingers into the coat. Dampness should be felt along the whole length of the body.
How do we get proper insensible perspiration and efficient copious sweating for cooling? There are two ways of doing this. One is the way practised by the horsemen of old, where a horse was taken and was led or ridden gently for many hours every day for three months or more, choosing cooler times of the day. With this demanding and extensive work put into the horse, proper sweating could be reestablished, and the horse was then fit again.
A more practical and much easier way, also a less costly way, is to try a ten day course of Equiwinner Patches. Once the course is completed, the effect is long lasting and only has to be repeated each twelve months. Some trainers of high performance horses, particularly racehorses, use Equiwinner two or three times a year as an assurance.
Equine athletes, like their human counterparts, are frequently required to exercise and compete in hot humid conditions. Competitions that require sustained, strenuous effort are being held in locations and during seasons with hot humid conditions that have the potential to result in severe, exercise-related heat stress. There is a need to prepare equine athletes for competition in such adverse climatic conditions. Equiwinner, a patented invention developed only for the horse, now provides an easy and effective way of quickly adapting the horse.
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All our work is based on the science of aetiology, the investigation of the actual cause of a condition. For hundreds of years horses have been found to be either non-sweating (anhidrosis) or over-sweating in various areas of the skin. The cause has never been known and correction of the condition very difficult or impossible. For example, horses in hot climates such as Florida, USA or North Queensland, Australia have had to be transported hundreds of miles away to cooler climates because they could not sweat properly. This used to be a big problem for owners, who often lost most of the value of their horses.
The cause of the ineffective sweating remained a mystery for so long because there was always an incomplete understanding of the habituation of the sweat glands and ducts. Horses were thought to be fit by measurement of short periods of exercise. Now we know that a horse can only be fully fit if the sweating system is also fully fit and well conditioned. Now we have unravelled this long hidden mystery, and the result is Equiwinner.
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