Managing Dehydration, Exhaustion in Horses
Horses can lose up to 15 liters of sweat per hour during strenuous exercise, leaving them in a precarious metabolic balance that cold water hosing alone can’t touch. At the 2012 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Anaheim, Calif., Emma Adam, BVetMed, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVS, an equine practitioner performing research at the University of Kentucky Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, described ways veterinarians can manage severe dehydration and exhaustion in the field setting.

Why Sweat?

“Muscular activity is the best engine ever designed,” Adam began, in her overview of

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