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Re: [RC] RE: [RC] Dark horses and heat-looking for evidence - Dream Weaver

One of the best recovering endurance horses that I have ever known was solid black. I have a grey horse with a coarser coat that tends to keep heat in more than one of my bay horses that has a finer coat.

I think that in some cases darker horses compensate by developing even more veins close to the surface so that they can dissipate heat as well or better than a lighter colored horse. A lot will depend upon the amount and type of heat training somebody does with each individual horse.

On the Tevis at least, when I ran the stats I don't remember there being any certain color of horse having a higher or lower completion rate over any other colored horse. I think that there are a lot of other more important variables to consider, such as body condition score.

If you want to see how much difference ground surface temps can be, check out the readings I got this weekend: http://enduranceridestuff.com/blog/2009/07/figuring-park-ride-cool/ Interesting that sand would be hotter than road pavement, and check out the difference of black rubber mats in the sun versus shade. Which leads to more consideration of heat retention, some things get hotter faster, or stay hotter (or cooler) longer. When a horse is hot figuring out the coolest place to put them while in a vet check can definitely help the horse cool down faster.



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