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    Default Hot hot weather, hard hard ground anything you do different for legs

    Just curious, what do you do differently than in normal weather and easier ground. Poultice, cold hose etc, or any products you can't live without for this Summer of extreme heat and hard ground?

    Lately a lot of stall time here due to stomping flies and Green jelly to cool out legs.
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    More long slow hacks, less jumping and dressage schooling. No products.



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    Slow long warm ups at the walk, on the buckle, to slowly warm legs up. If I have jumped I will cold hose after, longer if I used any kind of boots (makes the legs hotter than they should be).



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    I did a lot of "marching work" at walk...having the horse engaged, of course, after a long rein warm up. did a lot of bending and flexion at walk, and if I really needed to do some trot sets or canters, did them up hill. And used a standing bandage with cool green jelly afterwards, sometimes mixed with a bit of uptite, and put water down the bandages for more heat pulling.
    Don't know it it made a big difference, but it made me feel better.
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    out here in SoCal, that's ALL it is all summer long is hot hot hot and extra hard. We do have rubber footing with sand for a jumping and dressage rings and we wet them down in the evenings when we ride. As for cross country, it's usually just a trot or walk and save the canter/trot sets for the rings.



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    Default Love the Green Jelly. . .

    Mach Two, I love that Green jelly stuff. I keep it in the refridgerator for extra cold and the bandages go in the freezer.
    RIP Kelly 1977-2007 "Wither thou goest, so shall I"

    "To tilt when you should withdraw is Knightly too."



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    Quote Originally Posted by Eventer55 View Post
    Just curious, what do you do differently than in normal weather and easier ground.
    Probably not the answer you're looking for, but since I don't have an all weather surface I trailer out to one most days when the ground is rock hard. I'm lucky in that I have about three I can use all less than a 5 minute trailer ride away.



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    The only thing I really do is I don't jump (or not very much and definitely not very high), avoid galloping, and do a lot more hacking than anything. We're in an awkward situation right now....lots of room to ride but the one place it would be nice to have (the indoor with fancy footing) isn't done.

    My horse does go in pads this time of year, and, since he lost both pads at his last event, any time I do anything more than flatwork, he gets his feet packed overnight. Lots of Sore No More on his legs, too. Ice or cold hose if he does jump or gallop (when the footing is better...but I do that anyway).



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    Stick with walking. I hate hard footing with a purple passion.
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    Patrick currently lives at the Pony Palace where they have some fancy synthetic footing that's like riding on a cloud. (It is, however, almost black and gets *hot*.)

    Out of the ring, mostly walking. There are a couple of tracks where the footing is okay, we might trot or canter up the hill there -- but in this heat, that's plenty.

    I also try to get out there early, though that's a tradeoff as the humidity seems to be higher in the morning. :/
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    All the above and I spray down the legs with rubbing alcohol.



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    I ship to better footing. Or not do anything.
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