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If you’re looking for an alternative for certain health conditions, beer for your horses isn’t a bad idea. Maybe Toby Keith was onto something! Whether it’s safe for your horse depends on your unique situation. It is always important to consult your veterinarian before making any decisions.

It’s a bit of an old wise tale, but many horse owners believe that a beer a day can help horses with anhidrosis. This condition makes it very difficult for your horse to remain cool because he lacks the ability to sweat properly. These horses are at risk for organ failure.

If you’re in a hot environment watch over your horse carefully. This condition may be present if he rapidly breathes during exercise with little sweat under the saddle pad. Other symptoms include a high temperature, hair loss, or dry skin.

Dark beer is said to be beneficial to these horses because the yeast and B-vitamins help support sweat gland production.

High performance horses can drink up to 12oz a day, while those in moderate exercise should stick to under 1/2 a cup. Many horses enjoy the taste and will see it as a treat. Beer also offers probiotic support and can act as an antioxidant.

While you might be hesitant to believe this wives tale, many horses with anhidrosis have experienced great success with limited quantities of daily beer. Talk with your vet and see if it’s a good option to try with your horse. The condition can be life-threatening, so make sure to take the necessary precautions in this summer heat!