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January 18, 2010

Tips for Cooling the Endurance Horse

Before the ride: Have plentiful fresh clean water available.

On the trail: At water stops allow your horse ample time to drink, and sponge the horse's neck with water.

At the vet checks: Loosen the girth, remove the saddle and pad, Sponge water over the arteries in the neck and the insides of the legs.

Don't put water on the muscles of the hindquarters!!! I've seen people pouring buckets of water over the large rump muscles at rides...Everything I've read on the topic says don't do it, the muscles may cramp up. I'm taking those in the know at their word and won't be testing the wrong end of that theory out.

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