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Ask the Vet, Sallie S. Hyman VMD, DACVIM: Cold Weather Riding
Baby It's Cold Outside!
Winter is upon us and most of us still want to ride. For those of us not lucky enough to be able to spend the cold season in warmer parts of the country, here is some information on effects that cold weather riding has on your horse, and how to keep him healthy and safe despite the cold temperatures.
What temperature is really considered cold?
What does exercising in cold weather do?
Inspired air is conditioned (warmed and humidified) by the upper airways to prevent cooling and desiccation of the lung parenchyma. Although this process is usually successful, under severe conditions such as strenuous exercise in frigid environments unconditioned (cold and dry) air penetrates into the peripheral airways.
In the OSU equine study, horses were exercised on a treadmill while breathing in chilled (4°C) air. After exercising, a bronchoalveolar lavage was performed to test for inflammation, cytokines (chemicals that can damage the lungs) and chemicals that can suppress the immune function in the lungs and lead to infection. Horses that exercise in cold weather experienced peripheral airway mucosal injury due to the penetration of unconditioned air. Furthermore, these results suggest that airway cooling and desiccation may be a factor in airway inflammation commonly found in equine athletes. Results of this study support the hypothesis that exercising while breathing cold dry air alters the airway cytokine profile. The study did not find an increase in inflammatory cells, but as the cellular response takes longer to occur, this study many not have been long enough for it to occur. These results support the contention that exercise while breathing cold air can actually contribute to the development of asthma. The data further raises the possibility of local suppression of cell mediated immunity thought the increased expression of interleukin-10.
What does all this mean for the typical owner and rider?
Does cold only affect the lungs?
Musculature and Joints: Muscles take longer to warm up in the cold weather and arthritic joints may ache and need more time to loosen up. If you are riding, even if you are riding less than you do in the warmer months, don't stop any joint supplements that normally help your horse. He will need them just as much, if not more, in the cold weather. You can also consider a quarter sheet to cover your horse's hind quarters. This will help to keep some heat in, without being restrictive, especially if your horse is body clipped. This brings up the question of whether or not to clip. If your horse gets sweaty when ridden, it is probably a good idea to so some sort of body clip, to help him cool out quicker. A sweaty horse will get very cold in cold weather if not properly cooled out dried off. There are many different types of clips so choose one that is right for your horse and your situation.
Energy and Calories: Exercising in cold weather uses more energy than in warmer weather. Glycogen stores (glucose stored in the liver) is used up five times faster in cold weather. Once this is used up, the body start to convert fat for energy, which is less efficient. Make sure that any horses that will be working hard in cold weather are receiving an adequate number of calories.
Hydration: Water consumption should be carefully monitored in the equine athlete who is working in cold weather. Dehydration occurs in cold weather just as much as it does in warm weather. Flavored electrolytes in feed or water may entice your horse to drink more If your horse is dehydrated, he will have reduced blood volume. that in turn, will make it harder for his already hard working heart to try to work harder to pump less blood. Make sure that your horse has plenty of fresh, liquid water around. A full frozen water trough does no good! Some horse prefer water warmed, so consider using trough and bucket warmers.
Feet: Take care when there is ice and snow on the ground. Slippery conditions can lead to a whole host of musculoskeletal problems. If your horse is shod, consider snow pads to keep snow and ice from balling up on the bottom of his feet. Always pick out any snow or ice to help prevent slipping. Borium on the shoes can add traction, as can caulks if needed.
Strenuous exercise in cold weather can be difficult on your horse. Common sense and information about how cold weather affects him will empower you to be able to create a cold weather exercise plan that will keep your horse fit, keep him happy and safe, and keep you in the saddle all winter long.
Information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for evaluation by an equine professional. In particular, all horse owners should seek advice and treatment from a licensed veterinarian for their horses' medical care.
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