The traditional manner of
'Sweating a race horse' in 1816

Sweating a race horse in 1816

Admiral Henry John Rous argued in an article in The Field 1   that the traditional practice of sweating racehorses to remove unwanted fat by means of heavily clothed four or five mile gallops was unnecessary. It left the horse exhausted, fit the following day only for a walk, and frequently resulted in accidents injuring the horse’s legs. But sweating in a Turkish bath was far more effective and left the horse lively and in peak condition.

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Turkish baths for animals. Part 3: Turkish baths for racehorses

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 1. 'The Turkish bath as a means of training' / Henry John Rous   The Field   (April 1860)     [return]