Excessive sweating concerns owner

My name is Ali Turner and I have a Appendix Quarterhorse Gelding.He's 9 years old and I had just purchased him about 5-6 months ago,and every time I ride him he just sweats excessivly. I mean we can just go around the ring a couple of times and he's already started to sweat. I'm wanting to show himMy name is Ali Turner and I have a Appendix Quarterhorse Gelding.He's 9 years old and I had just purchased him about 5-6 months ago,and every time I ride him he just sweats excessivly. I mean we can just go around the ring a couple of times and he's already started to sweat. I'm wanting to show him

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Hi!

My name is Ali Turner and I have a Appendix Quarterhorse Gelding.He’s 9 years old and I had just purchased him about 5-6 months ago,and every time I ride him he just sweats excessivly. I mean we can just go around the ring a couple of times and he’s already started to sweat. I’m wanting to show him very bad but i’m kind of concerned about this,and I really need to know a way to control this sweating.

Please, please help me.

Thank u.

Ali

Ali,
You didn’t say what part of the country you are in but in the warmer areas (e.g., southeast USA) we often see horses with anhidrosis. The cause of anhidrosis is unknown but is frequently seen in horses that are born and raised in the north and then move to the south. The degree of anhidrosis can vary with each horse and also vary with the time of year. For example, some horses will sweat normally in the spring and fall but not in the summer. Have your local vet come out to examine your horse and there are a few simple test that they can do to help your diagnose your problem.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder

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