Sweating horse

Sweating horse

Sweating horse

A horse rests after receiving first aid for heat-related injuries immediately after a race at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., Aug. 8, 2010. A humid 95-degree Fahrenheit day caused the horse to overheat and suffer from dehydration and cramps following a full-track race. Arabian camels had ran after the fourth horse race. They must have felt right at home with the heat but the horses certainly suffered. After racing, their gear was removed so they could casually walk around, dry out and cool off. Several horses overheated and suffered from dehydration and cramps. In extreme cases, caretakers rinsed the horses with alternating buckets of ice water and bottles of rubbing alcohol. The alcohol dissipates heat by speeding evaporation.

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