Pre­ven­tion

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A vet will be on standby to help with cases of heat stress at many hunter trials and cross-coun­try events. As well as look­ing for the ob­vi­ous symp­toms listed above left, the vet will check your horse’s heart rate as well as his rec­tal tem­per­a­ture.

A fit horse that is per­form­ing aer­o­bic ex­er­cise should re­turn to a heart rate be­low 60-64 beats per minute (bpm) within 10 to 15 min­utes. If a rec­tal tem­per­a­ture sur­passes 103.5°F, the horse is over­heat­ing. In some cases, if heat stress is ex­tremely se­vere and your horse is strug­gling to re­main stand­ing, then a vet may choose to in­ject a non-steroidal drug, such as Flu­nixin, into his jugu­lar vein.

Your vet may de­cide that a non-steroidal drug such as Flu­nixin will help a horse with heat stress

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