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[RC] Offering Water an Accurate Gauge of Dehydration/skin tenting - heidi larson

Our 23 year old has loose skin and usually gets lower hydration scores because 
of it.  I still see vets using the skin pinch test so perhaps this study hasn't 
had any effect on what we're currently seeing at the ride level?  Wondering if 
there will be any change on the horizon for this?  

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heidi larson

--- On Tue, 7/7/09, Merri <mer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Merri <mer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [RC] [Consider This] Study: Offering Water an Accurate Gauge of 
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 1:55 AM
- Full Article

by: Christa Lesté-Lasserre
April 24 2008

If you lead a horse to water, you
might not be able to make him drink, but it's still a
great way to gauge whether he needs that water or not,
according to recent British research examining working
horses and dehydration levels.

The researchers
found that the commonly used "skin tent test"
(pinching up a section of skin to note the time it takes to
return to its normal position) varies greatly according to
the horse's age, the humidity of the coat, and the site
of the skin tested. Furthermore, it has no significant
connection with the actual state of hydration in the horse,
according to the study. 

Because of this, the
skin tent test is not a valid method for evaluating
dehydration in horses, said Joy Pritchard, PhD, DVM,
co-author of the study and a researcher at Bristol
University. Pritchard is also head of animal welfare at
Brooke Hospital for Animals, a U.K.-based charity that
focuses on equids in developing countries.



Posted By  Merri  to  Consider
This  at  7/06/2009 06:52:00 PM

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