The temperature of the stable is another matter of primary importance. Its influence in modifying the horse's coat is thoroughly appreciated and taken advantage of by horse-dealers and grooms. They systematically keep the temperature too high, as well as employ a complete covering of rugs and bandages, for the purpose of improving the appearance of their horses' coats. The injurious effects of this are clearly seen in the frequency with which newly-purchased horses suffer from cold, etc, when subjected to ordinary treatment.
A marked example of the influence of temperature is exhibited by pit-studs. During the first winter they are in the pit the majority require to be clipped, but in succeeding years clipping is unnecessary, for, owing to the slightly higher and more even temperature of the pit, most horses acquire very fine coats.
Another striking illustration of the effects of high temperature, but of an injurious character, is occasionally furnished by horses that have been left out at grass late in the autumn. When these horses are brought in and stabled in warm stables, they, owing to their heavy coats and the sudden change of temperature, perspire profusely, and, as their heavy coats do not dry readily, a subsequent chill with pneumonic trouble not un-frequently supervenes. Whenever such horses are brought up from grass they should be housed in cool stables.
The stable temperature should range from 50° to 60° Fahr., according to the time of year, the class of horse, and the work he has to do.