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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2012

Temperature regulation in horses during exercise and recovery in a cool environment

Olsson, Kerstin; Dahlborn, Kristina; Wallsten, Hanna


Discussion and conclusion: Leg skin temperature initially dropped at onset of exercise in clipped horses, and then increased after about 30 minutes due to internal heat from the working muscles. These changes were not significant when clipped horses had riding blankets, whereas unclipped horses became overheated as judged from respiratory rate and elevated rectal temperature. Providing clipped horses with blankets dampened the changes in leg skin temperature during exercise.


Cool ambient temperature; Heart rate; Rectal temperature; Respiratory rate; Skin temperature

Published in

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
2012, volume: 54

Authors' information

Olsson, Kerstin
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry (AFB)
Wallsten, Hanna

UKÄ Subject classification

Other Veterinary Science

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