• Cooling apparel for horses

     

    With temperatures soaring the incidence of heat stress and heat fatigue increases for horses. But that no longer needs to be the case. For the first time ever, TechNiche International’s innovative HyperKewl equestrian cooling products are available in India. This ground-breaking technology will help prevent heat stress by keeping your horse’s vital organs cool. We have cooling rugs, cooling leg-wraps and neck coolers for horses, which cut 6-12ºC off the ambient temperature!

  • Heat stress in horses

     

    In India horses endure severe extremes in temperature and humidity. This can dramatically affect the horse’s health and performance if not managed correctly.

    High temperature, high humidity, lack of air movement, poor ventilation, dehydration and exposure to direct sunlight all increase the danger of serious heat and sun related problems for humans and horses alike. Horses are no exception, especially when they are expected to perform at intense levels.

    Signs of heat stress in horses

    During exercise, there is a significant increase in the amount of heat produced by working muscles. Muscles cannot transform energy into movement with 100% efficiency. Horses transform energy to movement at approximately 25% efficiency. As a result, some of the energy is lost in the form of heat. The rate of heat production by working muscles is proportional to how hard the muscles work. Therefore the faster a horse goes the more heat it produces. The amount of heat a horse produces in a 160 km endurance race would be enough to boil approximately 770 litres of water. That’s approximately 7.7 litres per mile. Fortunately for the horse, it is able to dissipate around 97% of the heat it produces during an endurance race in cool-warm conditions!! If not, its body temperature would increase by around 15°C/h. In response, a horse increases its sweating rate, moves more blood to the capillaries under the skin and increases its rate of breathing in an effort to release this build up of heat.

    Commonly observed signs of heat stress in horses are:

    • Profuse sweating
    • No sweating
    • Rapid breathing rate – panting (>20 breaths / min)
    • Rapid heart rate (>50 beat/min)
    • Skin that is dry and hot
    • Unusually high rectal temperatures (>38°C)

     

    A simple pinch test can basically determine whether a horse is dehydrated as a result of heat stress. When you pinch the horse’s skin on the neck, it should resume its original position immediately. If the skin takes a while to resume to its normal position it could be assumed that the horse is somewhat dehydrated.

    What to do?

    The use of our HyperKewl cooling blankets, cooling leg wraps and neck coolers can help prevent the onset of heat stress in horses. Our cooling apparel should be used in conjunction with the following advice:

    • Hose horses with cold water. Hose the horse down then take it for a 1-minute walk, then repeat hosing. This will encourage the dilation of capillaries close to the skin, which will increase the evaporation of heat from the horse.
    • Encourage horses to drink cool water (small amounts frequently). If you are able to monitor the amount of water your horse drinks it will give you a good idea of how much water it is consuming. Horses working in hot/humid conditions should drink approximately 50-70Litres of water per day.
    • In severe cases vets have been known to give cold-water enemas or drenches to cool the horses core body temperature down to approximately 38°C. The critical temperature, one that is characteristic of a life-threatening situation, if maintained for any length of time, is 40-41°C.
    • Supplement electrolytes daily.
    • It is important not to overlook cool-down periods following exercise bouts, even when environmental temperatures are well within normal parameters.
    • Ensure that the horse has plenty of ventilation and access to a cool breeze as convection helps cool horses quicker. If none is available fans / air conditioners can be used to produce an artificial breeze. (Remember poor ventilation in stables can lead to respiratory problems).

  • Sizing of horse cooling products

     

    Products to prevent heat stress


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