Thermoregulation & Body Temperature

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Turn Down the Heat!

Someone turned up the heat and humidity this week, which resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 beef cattle

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Thermographic Eye Thermometers for Horses

A horse’s body temperature can indicate everything from an internal ailment (such as colic) to an infectious disease to hypothermia. Or it can simply confirm that a horse is healthy and ready for action. While most owners and veterinarians step to

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Summer Heat Too Hot to Handle? (Book Excerpt)

With the exception of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, which began in September to allow for the southern hemisphere’s “reversed” order of seasons–winter in Australia is summer in North America–the summer Olympic Games generally are held in just that: the good old summertime.

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Coping With the Heat

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/hour have been reported during exercise in hot conditions.

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Protect Horses from Exhaustion and Overheating

A horse asked to perform strenuous exercise often is pushed to the limits of his body’s mechanisms to recover. In most cases, these mechanisms allow the horse to finish the exercise with no problem. Sometimes, however, the horse’s ability to

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Mystery Solved: Guttural Pouches

We know that all horses have a guttural pouch, and some of their distant relations have a smaller version of the same structure. But until very recently, we didn’t know why they existed.

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Fluids And Electrolytes

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

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Spring Tuning (Athletic Conditioning)

Most will agree that thorough preparation of a horse is key to success in athletic competition. With spring hopefully just around the corner, this is an opportune time to discuss conditioning. Of course, the nature of a conditioning program will

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