From what I understand, any dark beer will do. Cheap is fine. Just remember dark dark dark. Something with the hops that helps.
A quart of sweet feed, a scoop of Let Em Sweat and a dark warm beer kept my guy going throughout the summer. He would attract half the barn with his antics as soon as he heard the can of beer come out of the tackroom. No lie.
I mixed my mare's Guiness with some shredded BP (the non-molasses kind). I let it sit about 10 minutes and then fed it. She thought that was fantastic and scarfed it up. Thankfully her nonsweating episode didn't last long.
I just take his feed (ultium), put it in his feed bucket and add the stout. My guy eats it up and licks up any residue.
Mine just started the non-sweating. Added the One AC too. I've heard both: use the darkest or any cheap beer. So i'm not sure which works best. I think that i'm going to try the regular once he finishes this case (LOL) and see if cheap works.
My vet recommended the dark beer for a non-sweater.
20 minutes after eating/slurping his bucket he was out flat in the field.
Next day, same thing.
Don't know if he sweated any better, but he sure was a cheap date!
I started my guy on Guinness Stout and One AC about 2 weeks ago. I think it might be helping him some as he was sweating more for my lesson on Monday. I just pour the beer right over his feed and he seems to love it!
I may try a cheaper dark beer as Guiness is quite pricey!!!
In addition to the good beer, CLIP YOUR HORSES that aren't sweating. Do everything you can to help their systems cool. Spray/sponge-and-drench cold water and scrape them 2-3x per day (before AND after riding) and put a fan on them while you're doing this. Make as many environmental changes as possible to assist/compensate for the lack of sweating as a means for regulating body temperature.
When blood is the beverage of choice, the sharpest fangs feed first.
I make all my own beer (for home consumption) and it would be really easy for anyone to make a batch for a horse. Here is an ingredient kit that is $30.49, which would make about 54 12oz. bottles. Just need a large stock pot to cook in (most would already have this), plastic fermenting bucket+airlock (less than $20), some bleach to sanitize everything first, save some plastic milk jugs or coke bottles and store in fridge. So $50 initial cost ($1/beer), then $30 after that ($0.56/beer) http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...oducts_id=1114