To scrape or not to scrape?

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Lead­ing equine sci­en­tist Dr David Mar­lin caused a heated de­bate on so­cial me­dia re­cently when he claimed that scrap­ing horses was a ‘waste of time’. Dr Mar­lin was specif­i­cally re­fer­ring to horses that are se­verely hy­per­ther­mic (those with an ex­tremely el­e­vated body tem­per­a­ture, and who are very hot to touch and un­steady on their feet) but his post caused wide­spread con­fu­sion. Many of his fol­low­ers were quick to de­bate the value of scrap­ing horses, with­out notic­ing that Dr Mar­lin was re­fer­ring to ex­tremely hot horses, such as those in­volved with en­durance. His Face­book read: “How do we ex­plain the idea that scrap­ing is a waste of time and if you have a se­verely hy­per­ther­mic horse you will cool it more ef­fec­tively if you con­tinue to ap­ply cold wa­ter as op­posed to stop­ping and scrap­ing?” Af­ter much de­bate and 1,000 shares later, Dr Mar­lin light-heart­edly added: “How do so many peo­ple see an im­age and a ti­tle, and skip straight to com­ment­ing with­out read­ing the post?”

Sweat scrap­ers are re­dun­dant for hy­per­ther­mic horses, says equine sci­en­tist Dr David Mar­lin

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