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[RC] RE: [RC] Dark horses and heat-looking for evidence - Bob Morris

Don’t you realize that ion almost every race there is a “dark horse”.


Bob Morris

Boise, Idaho


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Subject: [RC] Dark horses and heat—looking for evidence


I know there are people out there doing endurance on black horses. So, does a black horse really absorb significantly more heat than, say, a bay or brown horse? And does that bay horse absorb significantly more than a sorrel?

I'm not talking about small differences, but statistically significant ones. I can see how a white horse would have an advantage over a dark one, but would there be that big of a difference between two different shades of dark?

Or, coming at it another way, is there a reason why a dark horse wouldn't be able to dissipate heat as well as a light one through processes like sweating and respiration?

You know what would be an amazing (and exhausting) research project? Someone should statistically analyze finishers at the various distances and climates to see if there are trends regarding color.

Anyway, I'm interested in everyone's thoughts and opinions. :)

(Who rides a buckskin and feels left out of the Gray Arabian Club)

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[RC] Dark horse s and heat—looking f or evidence, Ruth Maher