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Re: [RC] rugs - Truman Prevatt

There was a lot of research on this issue leading up to the '96 Olympics in Atlanta. What the conclusions seemed to be that it is fine to pour cold water over the entire horse for cooling. However, that research was done in conditions similar to what one would see in the '96 Olympics in August in hot and muggy Atlanta. I expect the issue is how well does it translate to 40 degrees in Jan.


Jean wrote:

I’ve heard the vets say that at many rides I’ve been volunteering for. Don’t pour water over the haunches in the cool weather. Jean


*From:* ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Susan Cushing
*Sent:* Friday, January 04, 2008 12:19 AM
*Cc:* Ridecamp
*Subject:* RE: [RC] rugs

> This from "Vet Gates; Getting it Right" by Dr Kieran O'Brien MRCVS:
> "Common errors committed by crews in vat gates include... not
> cooling aggressively. Failing to apply water to all of the horse
> including the hindquarter muscle masses,>
> This goes against what I have been told at all of the rides I have attended. I cool the lower muscles, but not the top of the hindquarters, I was told this can cause cramping.

Any thoughts?
Susan Cushing


“It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong” Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate in Physics


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RE: [RC] rugs, Jean