Heat Stress


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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Summer Games: Keeping Equine Athletes Cool

David Marlin, BSc (Hons.) PhD, of David Marlin Consulting Ltd., worked on heat and humidity research for the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. He elaborated on some important steps being taken to protect horses from the worst effects of heat

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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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Stay Cool: Helping Horses Adjust in Extreme Heat

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 at several tracks and stopping carriage rides in New York’s Central Park.

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Dehydration Alert

When horses are working hard, especially in hot weather, they are particularly prone to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.

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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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Cool Aid: Beating the Heat With Working Horses

Anyone who has worked or played in high heat knows how exhausting it can be.  High, fluid-sapping desert heat can drain you in no time as you sweat away volumes of fluids and electrolytes. Then there’s the suppressive, sweaty,

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