What Makes A Horse Sweat Foam?

It is not uncommon to see a horse sweat foam, creating a lather around certain areas of the body during periods of intense exercise. But why does a horse sweat foam, and is it a bad thing?


What Is The Purpose Of Sweat?

Sweating is a perfectly normal bodily function, designed to help animals – and humans – maintain the optimum body temperature.

What Is Sweat Made From?

The sweat of a horse contains water, minerals, and protein. The main minerals contained in sweat are sodium, potassium, and chloride. 

Why Does Horse Sweat Foam?

The protein in a horse’s sweat serves a very useful purpose, as it helps to carry liquid away from the skin to help it evaporate. 

What Happens If A Horse Sweats Too Much

When a horse sweats it loses a lot of water and electrolytes. 

How To Look After A Sweaty Horse

f a horse is excessively sweaty, it needs to cool down gradually while the coat dries. The best thing to do is gently walk the horse until the sweat is completely dry.

So, as we have learned, you will see a horse sweat foam on areas of the body under friction, such as between the hind legs and under the reins. 


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