How to Recognize and Help an Overheated Horse

What are some signs that a horse has overheated?

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How to Recognize and Help and Overheated Horse
If your horse is overheated, the recommendation is to ice the horse down, cold hose, and sweat scrape—don’t let water stay on the horse because it insulates against them and can create more heat. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

Q. What are some of the signs that a horse has overheated?

Lori, California

A. The outward signs are those you’d see any time a horse is stressed, so first you want to consider how hot it is and the current humidity. Those will both give you clues as to whether or not the signs are related to heat

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Erin Denney-Jones, DVM, is an FEI veterinarian and owner of Florida Equine Veterinary Services, in Clermont, Florida. Her interests and practice areas include chiropractic care, sport horse medicine, reproduction, general medicine and surgery, and preventive care including wellness programs, vaccinations, parasite control, and dentistry.

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