Understanding what it really means to be “cooled out”
You do it at the end of every ride—take ten minutes to walk your horse out, then maybe rinse them with cool water in the summer, or throw on a wool cooler in winter. You feel the temperature between their front legs and pronounce them “cooled out” when it feels normal to the touch. Most horse owners are pretty comfortable with the basics of cooling off their horses. But what does it really mean, physiologically speaking, to say that your horse is “cooled out”? And are you taking the best steps to help them get there?