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Re: [RC] WEC cooling strategy - Elizabeth Walker

Question - I saw that the saddles came off as soon as the horses came in, and folks started pouring water on them - all over. I also heard mention of ice water. So here is the question -- how was the ice water used? Was it poured all over the horse, or was it just used on the neck, etc., and warmer water used on the back and butt? Or warmer water used first, then ice?

Reason I ask is that I've been at winter rides (So Cal winter - so not very cold for some of you), where the head vet has cautioned about pulling saddles and not blanketing immediately, as he has seen some impressive muscle cramps in a horses back induced that way.

So - I understand that the conditions are radically different, but if ice water was used on the horses to cool them down, what was the management strategy to achieve cooling, but avoid cramping?


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