If sweating problems are not corrected, then often the horse may not be able to work, or will be severely limited with instances of refusal to perform at all.We have seen so many horses described as erratic, lazy, stubborn, stressed out, and so on, when a careful examination shows that they are simply not sweating properly.We are often told that a horse is sweating very nicely, thank you.On examination, however, we find that there is excessive sweating at the front of the horse, really soaking the skin, and also under the saddle, with dry areas elsewhere.
If the sweating system is not working efficiently, then the horse's ability to perform at its best will be limited.
As the exercise continues, or the temperature rises, more and more of the millions of sweat glands become activated in the output of sweat.
This starts with the sweat glands on the front of the horse, progressing along the body of the horse to the rear.
The perspiration contains protective anti-microbial peptides, which are necessary to prevent any infective microbes from entering the skin.
If the horse has reduced insensible perspiration, then the skin and coat will appear dull and dry, the sign of an unhealthy horse.