I am wondering if it is safe to work horses indoors, where they get sweaty, and then take them back out to the trailer, unheated stalls and outside pens?
Thank you for your email. Just like athletes, horses need to warm up, work out and cool down. The consequences of not cooling down your horse properly range from leg and/or back problems to colic. When a horse is properly cooled down, his chest should be a normal temperature to the touch and his shoulders and chest should be dry. Walking a horse is a good way to cool him down.
If cold weather is an issue, a rug or blanket should be considered (especially if trailering), but be sure your horse is completely cooled down before blanketing. Horses adapt to weather changes in their area. They can tolerate cooler weather by growing a thick coat. If the horse has been clipped, you must compensate with a blanket. Clipping will shorten the length of time to cool a horse down, but again, he will need a blanket or rug. I hope this will help you. If you have further questions, feel free to let me know.