The effect of high external temperatures has a greater impact the longer the horse works for. A horse doing a fast canter/gallop for 1 minute, there will be little difference if the air temperature is 5°C or 35°C. But for a dressage horse working for an hour, the difference has a much greater impact.
When exercising the body temperature reaches over 40°C. Sweating and blowing after exercise are the main indicators of increased body temperature. Humans breath heavily when the oxygen levels in the blood are low. A horse’s breathing after exercise is mainly controlled by its body temperature and they puff when they are hot. Helping cool the horse’s legs after exercising is as important as cooling the whole body!
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