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  • Heat wave: Are you riding?

    Our first heat wave of spring. Mid to upper 90's here in NC and forecast is more of the same for the next 5 days. Heat wimp here, I am not riding. Makes me miserable. Are you riding?
    Friend of bar.ka
    My herd.
    Darby, 4 year old Connemara mare
    Hope, 25-30 years? Appy mare

  • #2
    yes but early, early in the am or late, late in the day! napping around 2pm
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    • #3
      We're seeing temps in the upper 90s here. I've got a horse with limited sweating ability. I'm still riding because I think he's got to get in shape if he's going to be able to handle this all summer long. But I'm doing it very carefully. I keep a thermometer in my pocket all day and check his temp before, during, and after work. Even if he looks cooled out after a ride I won't put him up until his temp gets down. I hose him down before I ride, I hose him during my ride if I have to, and obviously after. Personally, the hasn't hit me too bad...yet.

      Anyone got any super tips on keeping horse and rider cool, please share!

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      • #4
        We didn't ride yesterday or today. We're riding some early tomorrow morning and a few later tomorrow evening. It's been miserable here in SWVA.

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        • #5
          I have been riding early in the morning (I work nights so head to the barn at 7:30am). I have to admit, I have not been riding in the ring as much as I should. I tend to head down the drive and into the woods where it is much cooler. A friend of mine is really affected by the heat and she bought a cooling vest last summer. She really likes it.

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          • #6
            Not riding in Nor Cal!!! Rain, Hail and Tornadoes at 60 degrees!!!! Normal is 85 and it snowed in the mountains today on June 1~~~
            My treasures do not chink, nor glitter. They carry me to great heights, they gleam in the sun, and they neigh in the night. That is my life, at the end of the day.

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            • #7
              Ugghh... mid 30's tonight. Should break 60 by afternoon though. Still in my carharts for morning feeding. Not cool. I'll take 90 (I actually like heat and loved living in Oklahoma... in October )

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              • #8
                :O The East Coast must have stolen our summer! It's been low 50s and rainy here, in CALIFORNIA, all week long with thunderstorms today! Not fair!

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                • #9
                  In NJ here, with upper 90's (98 today) thunderstorms, tornado warnings, and hail.

                  Didn't get to ride the last 3 days due to my work schedule. So I rode this morning. It was already 90 by the time I got on at 10 am. Thought my poor horse was going to die. Not sure I would do it again. However it is supposed to go down to highs in the upper 70's/ low 80's. Hoping this will have been the hottest day of the year (fat chance of that).
                  Celtic Charisma (R.I.P) ~ http://flickr.com/photos/rockandracehorses/2387275281
                  Proud owner of "The Intoxicated Moose!"
                  "Hope is not an executable plan" ~ My Mom
                  I love my Dublin-ator

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                  • #10
                    It hit over 100 here on Tuesday. I rode in the evening. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but we took PLENTY of walk breaks, and I definitely noticed I was a good deal more tired than usual once I got off. Went home and drank - no kidding - 2L of water within 3 hours, no problem. Could have had more.

                    Horse seemed pretty much fine - still fresh enough by the end to spook plenty hard. The brat.

                    Now, of course, it's in the 50s here tonight and horses are back to wearing sheets! Go figure.

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                    • #11
                      well, looks like here we aren't going to have summer, but usually at this point all of the people at my barn have to ride early early or late late to avoid the heat. I like riding early early, because I get the arena to myself.

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                      • #12
                        Not in your area but we get up over 115 and I ride at night with the ring lights on. I'm not much for getting up early... during the day I have fans going in the stalls and misters outside and that seems to help the horses deal.....

                        Sorry to hear about the heat wave but I still think it's better than cold, rain and snow... yuck!
                        Live in the sunshine.
                        Swim in the sea.
                        Drink the wild air.

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                        • #13
                          It is hot in Indiana as well, and I love riding in it. My normally energetic TB is SO VERY GOOD in the heat! It's so pleasant to trot and canter around on a loose rein with nose poked out. It makes me wish I lived in Florida so he could be like this all year. I am in love with Summer Teddy!

                          Plus, I get a nice tan, sort of. The tank top and safety vest look perhaps doesn't produce perfect tan lines but close enough for a horse person.

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                          • #14
                            It's awful here. Hot hot HOT and humid. This is like August weather. We really got no adjustment period. 70 to 100 in 4 days. I am still riding but doing way more in the morning and evening. If I have an afternoon lesson, we usually do a trail ride.
                            Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
                            My equine soulmate
                            Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding

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                            • #15
                              Hot and humid this week here in PA, been riding at 8 pm, not so bad then!

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                              • #16
                                I pawned my horse off on a young rider this week- during the week I can only ride at like 5-6.... hoping she can go out early. But I rode Sunday and my horse was like, lady, I ain't stepping a hoof wrong because I want to be done!

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                                • #17
                                  It has been brutal the last week in GA as well. I'm not a morning person, so that leaves riding in the evening as the only option for me.

                                  Last year someone posted the formula used in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics to monitor the horses' work level in the heat:

                                  Add the temperature and the % humidity together, if the resulting number is:

                                  1) between 130 and 149 -- use caution working your horse;

                                  2) between 150 and 179 -- very light work only;

                                  3) 180 and above -- no work.
                                  Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson

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                                  • #18
                                    I often hose my horses down before riding if it is really hot -- helps them cool without expending so much effort sweating.

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                                    • #19
                                      In Central Va here...The heat is killing me! I go out to do barn work in spurts. Usually 30-45 min of work is all I can handle at one time. I had a lesson at 5pm yesterday and it was still around 95...heat index of 102. I drank 2 bottles of water before, 2 during the lesson and about 6 after.
                                      Luckily I thought ahead and froze a few bottles...they were perfect for during the lesson and after!!
                                      I took frequent walk/water breaks during the lesson, but my face was still purple/red for about 30 min after.
                                      Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
                                      White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

                                      Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.

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                                      • #20
                                        Tarheel, where can you find the humidity? I'm looking at weather.com and cant find it.
                                        Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
                                        White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

                                        Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.

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