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J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2014 Apr;98(2):246-50. doi: 10.1111/jpn.12073. Epub 2013 Mar 28.

Scoring of sweat losses in exercised horses--a pilot study.

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Department of Animal Nutrition, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany.

Abstract

Based on a series of exercise tests which included the estimation of sweat losses, this article proposes a novel sweat scoring system for exercising horses. This provides a practical estimate of individual animal exercise-induced sweat losses, based on visible appearance of sweat on the coat after work, which takes into account the effect of various influencing factors. In terms of accuracy and flexibility, the score seems to provide advantages over estimates based on current general recommendations from reference books. Additional studies are needed to validate this scoring system and its use under more diverse situations.

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horse; relative humidity; scoring system; sweat; temperature

PMID:
23534876
DOI:
10.1111/jpn.12073
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