Very puzzled here ~ horse is always WET!!!!! Anyone have ideas why?????
:confused: I have a 14 year old reg. Paint gelding. He is sound, healthy, has the typical stocky QH build, but he is not over weight. Eats normally, mostly just hay, but also gets 1 cup of TC senior textured feed in the a.m., just so he won't fuss seeing my Arab eating grain.
Right now, he's got the long winter coat. What I'm puzzled about is he's always wet around his chest/between the front legs, at the girth area, and the flanks. Always!!!! No matter how warm the day, cold the day, this wetness is present. I'm assuming this is sweat. He is out 24/7, has a run-in shed, which he uses when it rains. When I first noticed this strange business, I took his temperature. Normal, in fact, over the days it never read over 98 degrees. He does roll, but I don't ever see him lying down for periods of time. He is in a field by himself, with access to the other two geldings over the fence. Oh, also he seems to drink a lot of water, more so than the other two. He's not a runner.... occasionally he'll trot or canter to the barn when I drive up to feed, but generally he just moseys around like any relaxed horse.
I ran this by my vet, but got no answer. Just told to watch for other changes, like temp rise, going off feed, loose stools. None of that has presented.
I don't even ride him because of this. One, I fear putting a girth on long hairy wet spots, (can't clip wet hair!) and two, what if there really is something wrong with him?
I do know he has a WHOLE lot of Impressive breeding, on the top and bottom...... never had him tested for HyPP. He's never showed symptoms of this disorder, like what we read about; the shivering, stumbling, falling. I suppose I should send some hair out for testing, but anyway, what would that have to do with this strange sweating business???? Anyone with an idea? Thanks!