• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less


  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Anhidrosis?

    How does one tell if their horse has anhidrosis? I think my gelding might not be sweating normally, but its hard to tell. He is the type of horse that, while willing to work, definitely doesn't exert himself unless forced to. So I have a hard time judging if he is not sweating or if he just isn't usually working hard enough to sweat.

    Is there any way to tell? Do I have to just keep working him in hot weather?

    He does sweat, under his tack during harder work and under his fly mask.

    About a month ago he was doing some pretty significant conditioning work, and he was sweating well. He got covered in sweat on his neck, chest, shoulders, flanks, etc.

    I don't want to work myself up into a panic over this unnecessarily (like I tend to do) but I'm just not sure of how to figure out if he does have anhidrosis.

    Is this something a vet diagnoses?
    come what may

    Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013

  • #2
    The two animals I knew who suffered from this did NOT sweat. And their temperatures skyrocketed. It was necessary to hose these horses to cool them down, and to monitor them very closely during warm weather and exertion.

    But as always, speak to your vet for specifics. Don't be surprised if he suggests beer, specifically Guinness Stout, once a day.


    • #3
      I live in south Louisiana, and this is very common. My gelding stops sweating when the heat index gets into the 100s and it stays in the 80s at night. Where are you located as it seems early for your horse to stop sweating?

      Believe it or not we are having great success down here with giving our horses Noni juice. We have several horses at my barn who suffers from anhydrosis, and last year we started giving them 2oz Noni juice 2x a day. The horses didn't sweat as well as they should, but they did sweat. I started my guy on it last month and I hope that it will help him this year.

      Your vet can do a test where they inject something that will make a normal horse sweat in the injection area. If your horse does have anhydrosis, it won't sweat there. Most people around here don't have to do the test because it is obvious.


      • Original Poster

        I live in SE PA. We've had some hot days (hot for our area and the time of year anyway), temps in the low 80's and humid. I just really can't tell if its a problem or not.

        Sometimes I'm thinking ok, he definitely has a problem, other horses are sweating right now and he isn't (like on trail rides) but then I look at the other horses and one is jigging, working herself up and the other still has a full winter coat and is out of shape. So then I wonder if he really should be sweating. He cools out fine, I don't notice him huffing and puffing unless we worked hard (and if we really worked that hard he is sweating at least under his saddle area).

        I'll ask my vet what she thinks next time she is out. She should be out in the next week or two to finish up shots.
        come what may

        Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013


        • #5
          Beer, live culture and unfiltered. Tough to find.

          Do a simple test. No beer then beer, same weather conditions.

          If there is no difference, you are still not pleased with the results, DRINK the beer.
          “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
          ? Albert Einstein


          • #6
            The guy I ride literally STOPPED sweating in the middle of the summer about two years ago. Another owner out at the barn found him standing in the run in panting without a drop of sweat on him. He got Guinness beer and one AC that year. Last year he did ok on just One AC, he was coming back after an injury so he was mostly just walk/trotting. He's on One AC only this year so far and fingers crossed is sweating very well right now. He's been in very regular work since the fall, hoping that also helps.
            Custom Painted Brushes: spcustombrushes@gmail.com


            • #7
              My horse went through this last year and you will definitely know if it is an issue! It usually happens in mid summer after a long string of high temperature days, with no relief at night. My horse sweat a bit (I think they call it "shy sweater") but not enough to cool him. To make up for the lack of sweating, they start panting. That is the dead giveaway that they are not sweating enough. If he is huffing and puffing immediately after a hard work, but then returns to normal breathing quickly, you probably don't have a problem. If he is still huffing and puffing after walking him out for several minutes, but quits after hosing him down, you might have a problem.

              He is doing fine this year, despite early hot weather. I started him on electrolytes early and hopefully that will help. Guiness beer and One AC did nothing for him last year.


              • #8
                They pant. And look distressed. Although before they totally stop sweating they will often have a period of reduced sweating.

                The vet can do a test where they inject a portion of the skin with epinephrine - that is the definitive test for anhydrosis.


                • #9
                  What Thatmoody said. It's a cheap, quick test.