Treatment & recovery
Heat stress needs to be combated urgently. As soon as your horse has finished an intensive round of exercise, move him to a shady area with plenty of airflow, like the side of a barn or lorry.
Strip off his tack and soak him with cold water, particularly on his neck, sides and hindquarters. Allow the water to cover your horse’s coat for around 20 seconds before scraping it off with a sweatscraper. Repeat the soaking cycle, stopping only when he seems visibly less distressed. Do not use a sweat/cooling rug. If you know your horse has suffered from heat stress before, you can take measures to try and combat it effectively. These include keeping cold water on standby when he finishes exercise. As he becomes fitter, he’ll sweat sooner and the development of heat stress will be less likely.
You’ll need to cool your horse down as quickly as possible if heat stress strikes