Cooling methods: evaporation v. conduction

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  1. sherian

    sherian Senior Member

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    the one time I forgot a scraper and walked a horse back from the wash rack dripping, the horse had a hissy fit over the dripping and kicked over a port a potty - I am pro scrape off excess water now.
     
  2. Arem

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    All I know is, it’s not the heat that gets me. It’s humid and (thin/slight) moisture just sitting on my skin that makes me overheat. Certainly not going to do that to my horse intentionally!

    I scrape. Always will.
    Cold water from the hose is all I have available. I start on the legs to let the horse get acclimated to the temperature, much as I do with myself.

    When hot, I’ve found that running cold water over my wrists is a gloriously effective way to cool down. I used to to do that when I worked at the boarding barn. I’d run the water over my wrists as I filled buckets. So I can imagine running water over key areas on the horse, with vessels close to the skin, has the same affect.
     
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  3. Suzanneszoo

    Suzanneszoo Senior Member

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    I use cool water and scrape, because that's what my horses like best.

    Either way, as long as your horse's skin temp feels "room temp" when you're done, I think we're all doing ok.

    LOL...how about this? Instead of working your horse in the heat, work them early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid overheating?
     
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  4. PyroTekNik333

    PyroTekNik333 Senior Member

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    Lol :ROFLMAO: well, an ounce of prevention and all that. I don't think most people commenting tend to ride in blistering heat or have horses frequently overheating.
    But it only takes a few minutes to sponge off a sweaty horse so why not?
    Keeps my black from fading as badly, keeps my whites cleaner and I imagine feels a lot nicer than being sticky with sweat *shrugs*
     
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  5. bobo and horses

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    if you are going to show outside in the heat, one should practice in the heat to get them accustomed to doing so. We always practiced outside, gradually working up to longer periods of time, when we knew we were going to be outside. Always keep them well hydrated, and find some shade to help cool, along with rinsing and scraping.
     
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  6. Suzanneszoo

    Suzanneszoo Senior Member

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    Hah. I'm a snowflake in menopause.

    No showing or anything else in the heat for me!
     
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