When the Rider is Hot, the Horse is Hotter | Horse Journals

This is another hot weather/animal article. As with dogs, children or whatever, if it is too hot for you, your animals are even hotter. Their body temperatures are a lot higher. This is normal. Please think of your furbabies as well as yourself.

A hot humid day. One rider. One horse. Both are exercising at a moderate level. Who is more likely to overheat? It might surprise you to learn that your horse gets hotter much faster than you and is more susceptible to the negative effects of heat stress. Prof. Michael Lindinger, an animal and exercise physiologist at the University of Guelph, explains: “It only takes 17 minutes of moderate intensity exercise in hot, humid weather to raise a horse’s temperature to dangerous levels. That’s three to ten times faster than in humans. Horses feel the heat much worse than we do.”

Source: When the Rider is Hot, the Horse is Hotter | Horse Journals

Stay Safe and God Bless!

2 thoughts on “When the Rider is Hot, the Horse is Hotter | Horse Journals

  1. Hi Jason! Long time no see. I have not been on a lot lately. Just here and there. Too much going on and not enough peace and quiet.
    Unfortunately so many people think that “Oh it’s just an animal. They are used to the heat.” GRRRGGH! I so would like to shut them in a hot car, or over work them in the heat and see how they like it. That would not be very Christian, but sometimes I think it would be a good way to show them how it feels. Thanks for your input.
    I hope all is well with you and your family. I have not been able to read and catch up on anything for quite awhile. I hope to soon. I miss my blogging family. Take care.

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