Friday, April 22, 2022

How Horses Heat Up and Cool Down Varies Considerably - Full Article

Measure and understand your horse’s unique exercise heat patterns so you can promote recovery and prevent heat stroke.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Apr 19, 2022

As the planet heats up, so will our equine athletes. Belgian and Australian researchers recently reported that it’s more important than ever to understand how hot horses get during and after exercise, as well as how fast they recover.

“In the last 10 years, we have been alarmed by heat waves due to climate change and global warming,” said Elisabeth-Lidwien (E.J.M.M.) Verdegaal, MVM, DVM, Dipl. RDVS, ECEIM, a Dutch, European, and Australian registered specialist in equine internal medicine, senior lecturer equine medicine, and joint PhD candidate at Ghent University, in Belgium, and the University of Adelaide, in Australia.

“The sudden unexpected increase in hot ambient temperatures results in a significantly increased risk of heat stress because horses have not been able to acclimatize,” she said. “The global warming aspect underlines that we need to be prepared to prevent exertional heat illness...”

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