Treat­ment & re­cov­ery

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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

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