Polo Players Edition

AUG 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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Official Apparel Supplier for the USA Team CATCH THE ACTION! WESTCHESTER CUP ENGLAND vs. UNITED STATES POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 17 conditions like Recurrent Airway Obstruction, that will make regulating the heat more difficult for your horses. How can you recognize if your horse is suffering from heat stress? Early diagnosis of heat-induced injuries is e xtremely important in order for treatment to be most effective. Horses that are subject to the heat will show signs of depression or fatigue and may have an increased heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and/or capillary refill time (normal heart rate is between 24-48 beats per minute and normal respiratory rate is between 12-24 breaths per minute). Horses suffering from heat stroke will have an elevated temperature ranging from 104 °F to 111 °F. Horses may also show more subtle signs such as a decreased appetite, mild colic signs, or a refusal to work. Horses should be sweating during the heat of the summer and those that are not sweating and that have hot, dry skin could be showing early signs of heat stress. Severely affected horses may collapse or develop neurologic signs that can progress to coma or death. Horses that do not receive treatment, especially if signs are severe in nature, (continued on page 59) Horses should be sweating in hot weather. Still, if the heat index is too high, don't ride. Instead keep horses in shade with plenty of water. USPOLO.ORG USPOLO.ORG Official Apparel Supplier for the USA Team CATCH THE ACTION! WESTCHESTER CUP ENGLAND vs. UNITED STATES CATCH THE ACTION! A V A I L A B L E FO R V I E W I N G O N D E M A N D

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