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Table 3 Rectal and tail skin temperatures in three horses subjected to different treatments on five consecutive days and exercising outdoors

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

Treatment Rectal temperature °C Skin tail temperature °C
Before Recovery Before Recovery
Unclipped 37.4 ± 0.2 38.0 ± 0.3* 30.9 ± 1.6 32.9 ± 2.4
Unclipped1 37.4 ± 0.2 38.2 ± 0.6* 31.1 ± 1.0 34.5 ± 1.2*
Half-clipped 37.5 ± 0.2 38.1 ± 0.4 30.4 ± 1.1 33.4 ± 0.9*
Clipped 37.6 ± 0.2 37.8 ± 0.4 29.6 ± 1.2 32.1 ± 1.8*#
Clipped2 37.6 ± 0.1 37.8 ± 0.3 29.7 ± 0.5 33.5 ± 1.3*
  1. Mean ± SD of two samples before and six samples after (recovery) exercise.
  2. 1 Winter coat and blanket during recovery.
  3. 2 Coat clipped and riding blanket followed by blanket during recovery.
  4. *p < 0.05 – 0.001 vs. before exercise, and # p < 0.05 -0.01 vs. treatment “Unclipped”.