In October of 2017, our weather in South Florida was still incredibly hot and steamy following a hurricane that had passed through. My horse, an 11 year old Thoroughbred, all but stopped sweating. Owning horses for 30 years but never having been through this situation before, I began doing research on treatment options and speaking with other horse owners/vets. One hour of cold baths at least once daily, dark beer, and the occasional bute helped bring his temperature down, but was no cure. Fortunately, the weather finally broke in late November and we got through the crisis. In the spring of 2018, I started him on One AC. One month of that and still very minimal, if any, moisture from his coat. Next came the series of ACTH shots along with the One AC, no change. Then the prostaglandin shot that was meant to bring him into a good sweat produced next to nothing. Meanwhile, the days were only getting hotter and my hopes more dismal.
One of my friends involved with the Thoroughbred industry had just returned home from a couple weeks in Ocala. She informed me that several of the race track trainers were speaking of a product called “Kombat Kool” and thought that might be of help. Figuring there was nothing to lose, I called the company and spoke with the owner, Russ Schider. Russ gave me over an hour of his time explaining the problem of the vitamin/mineral imbalance with anhidrosis in horses, and spoke with great confidence in his product. He also asked how his feet were, to which I answered “ok” even though they were flat and cracked. He explained that Kombat Kool worked synergistically together with Kombat Boots, and suggested I give both products a try. Even though it was now August and we were in dead heat of summer, I started my horse on both products. Within a week, Willie’s withers were moist and there was moisture under his girth area after a ride. He began sweating again through his neck. His feet started improving much to my farrier’s and my delight! He stayed on both products until the end of November. This year, I started Willie on both products in the beginning of April. His feet get better every day and he has a healthy sweat in the morning when I arrive for a ride, as our temperatures are close to 80 degrees now even in the early morning hours. Russ has said this will only continue to improve the longer he is on the product. THANK YOU KOMBAT KOOL for saving my horse!! I still take precaution and ride him early in the mornings but this has been a welcomed relief and product that I am so happy to give an A+!!
Julie A. Snyder
Director of Equestrian Programs
Keiser University – Flagship Campus