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Indoor vs Outdoor Riding

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  • Indoor vs Outdoor Riding

    I know most of us are suffering from the heat and humidity (much hotter and it's an earlier start for the season)... was wondering is it better to ride in the indoor to be in the shade but only a little breeze? Or to ride in the outdoor where there is a breeze but the sun is beating down on you?

    Trying to figure out what is best since during the week, I can only go to the barn after work (so around 5pm) which is close to the hottest part of the day. Weekends aren't an issue since I can go earlier in the AM.

  • #2
    Definitely the outdoor. The breeze makes all the difference. There are fans set up in our barn's indoor, and those are nice but the outdoor is my first choice. This is in SE PA, where it's generally 90 degrees with 90% humidity the entire summer. I teach afternoon lessons, though, and by 5 it's generally starting to get better weather-wise so it's not too bad.
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    • #3
      Ha, I was just pondering this myself this morning!

      My mare has some spookiness issues in the indoor right now that are being worked on, but once I have that under control, I think we may take refuge in the indoor for some of our rides. The bugs and sun are just NOT our friends lately.
      Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!


      • #4
        I only ride in the indoor when the weather outside is atrocious (rainy or stormy). If it's one of those blazing-hot breeze-less days and the outdoor is like a tanning bed, I head for the woods if possible. We're also lucky to have a ring-sized grassy area that's bordered by a row of VERY tall hemlocks, so by the time I get to the barn after work, the grassy hemlock area is mostly shady; if I want to do any training-type work, we go there.

        Either way, I'll take "hot outside but with fresh air" over "stuffy indoor" any day.
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        • Original Poster

          Thanks... that's what I'm trying to figure out. I grew up in NY and I remember it being hot up until 3pm or so and then it would start cooling down. Doesn't seem to happen here. Here in KY, it's actually hotter later in the day. But with scheduling and such, this is what I've got.

          Bugs aren't too much of an issue in the outdoor ring (maybe a few flies). Now if we go walking around the property... watch out! I usually stick closer to the barn out in the grass during our cool down time. I hate those B-52's.

          The indoor does have big sliding side doors that open. So there is some circulation and a light breeze that comes in. But today, there really isn't a breeze outside either.

          So just trying to figure out what's best... horsie doesn't seem to care... it's more for me! Not very heat tolerant.


          • #6
            Have you thought of changing your schedule while it's so hot, getting up pre-crack and heading to the barn?

            Ride early when its cool and quiet out with few bugs, then head home get ready for work etc?
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            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by tidy rabbit View Post
              Have you thought of changing your schedule while it's so hot, getting up pre-crack and heading to the barn?

              Ride early when its cool and quiet out with few bugs, then head home get ready for work etc?
              Yep... it did cross my mind if only for a brief second! Not a morning person anyways.

              But it doesn't make logistical sense because of where I live, where I work and where the barn is. I would be at least doubling my travel time. And I would have to get there pre pre pre pre-crack of dawn. Would much rather endure the heat for a 30 minute or so ride. Same for going home first and then going out to the barn later in the evening instead of after work. In other words, the barn is close to my work.

              Too bad I don't have him at home. Though since I live in a subdivision... I'm sure I'd get a few looks!

              Guess I'll start in the indoor tonight and see how bad it is... then move to the outdoor and see which is better.
              Last edited by LSM1212; Jun. 18, 2010, 04:10 PM.


              • #8
                Do covered outdoor barns make a big difference? I'm moving to NC from Alberta, I'm not used to super-hot summer weather.
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                • #9
                  Just today I was planning on riding in the outdoor. It is hot and awfully humid. I went into the indoor to get the drag and realized it was 10-15 degrees cooler in there. I rode in the indoor...this was about 10:30 am, so it might have gotten steamy in there later but at that time it was really nice compared to outside. So I guess I would say just let the temp. of each arena dictate where you ride that day.
                  Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.


                  • #10
                    I have ended up riding in the indoor a LOT. Obviously in the winter, rainy etc. But also when flies are bad. And when its really hot. In the outdoor, you can feel the heat radiating off the sand and there is little shade. I ride there on lovely days and sometimes just because I "should" get out of the indoor for my ring work. I am fortunate that the indoor is open just under the roof for about 3 feet all the way around and there is a large door at the end that is open in the summer. So it is shady and cooler and less buggy in the summer. The design does mean that some snow blows in in the bad storms but we like to think of it as helping water the ring!


                    • #11
                      Not all indoors are created equal. I worked at a barn about 35 years ago that the indoor was cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. It had great ventilation, and was next to the woods with lots of very tall trees. I MISS that indoor.

                      I had no idea that indoor arenas were supposed to be hot in the summer, and cold in the winter.


                      • #12
                        Our indoor is actually pretty cool in the summer surprisingly. We get a nice cross breeze and the sun really bothers me so sometimes riding inside is much better for us. I think it definitely depends on the rings. I've been in outdoors that are cool because they're shaded and indoors that are bloody hot in the summer.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Coanteen View Post
                          Do covered outdoor barns make a big difference? I'm moving to NC from Alberta, I'm not used to super-hot summer weather.
                          Oh, dear. When are you moving? We're having a summer in the Carolinas that's even melting us natives.
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                          • Original Poster

                            Thanks for all of the replies... the indoor was definitely cooler! But did a nice walk outside to cool out.

                            I think when it's breezy, the outdoor will be comfortable enough. Will just have to play it by ear each ride.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' View Post
                              Oh, dear. When are you moving? We're having a summer in the Carolinas that's even melting us natives.
                              Following a winter that had a lot of us in the South wondering if we WERENT actually in Alberta.....


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' View Post
                                We're having a summer in the Carolinas that's even melting us natives.

                                Bad news, it ain't summer yet.

                                I'll take it though over the winter we just had.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Fairview Horse Center View Post
                                  Bad news, it ain't summer yet.
                                  Sure it is. In South Carolina, we have four seasons:
                                  Almost summer
                                  Still Summer

                                  I'd have last winter back in a heartbeat. I can always put on more clothes.
                                  I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show