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    05-12-2012, 03:39 AM
Also putting your hair in a low ponytail with your ears not covered helps to keep your neck from sweating buckets, course you will need to lather on the sunscreen!
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    05-12-2012, 08:41 AM
Best hot weather lid, ever

Tipperary Sportage Helmet at Bit of Britain

I also concur with getting some quality, wicking breeches. Breeches are sewn the way they are on purpose to avoid seams that chafe and annoy. Once you ride in good breeches, jeans will never do again.

I also avoid cotton shirts and wear wicking shirts made of polyester. Polyester golf polos are loose fitting, wick moisture away from you like crazy, and dry instantly. Cotton shirts just get clammy and waterlogged with sweat. I buy my golf polos at Kohls for $25 each. And they work as well as "technical" shirts costing twice that.
    05-12-2012, 10:16 AM
The heat and humidity in south Texas is brutal.
I am several hundred miles north of you depending on where along the coast you live.
I do not ride from 11 am to 4 pm during the summer. Your summer has already begun if I'm not mistaken.
I have found that cotten material does get sweaty but at least it breathes. Being that close to the Gulf you get plenty of breezes flowing through.
You might want to buy pants without the inner seam. Wear sunscreen at least 70 SPF. Have fun. Shalom
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    05-12-2012, 09:21 PM
Green Broke
Buy a pair of riding tights in one of the "cooling" materials.. you can often find good deals on ebay if you stalk the auctions long enough. I have several pairs of them and I will never go back to cotton tights for summer riding ever again. The difference is amazing.

I ride in t-shirts that I have cut the sleeves and neck out of to improve air flow.. if the bushes wouldn't scratch the crap out of me, I would probably ride in just my sports bra in the summer.

The sponge I carry attached to the saddle is my favorite thing for hot weather riding. Not only does it allow me to cool Dream, but I have also been known to sponge water on myself as well.

I second whoever said a nice, vented riding helmet is a must and I personally tuck all my hair up into it.

Unlike most, I actually ride in the heat of the day on purpose. I need both Dream and myself to be used to the heat, as the weather doesn't give us a break during competitions, so we have to be ready for it.

Sure hoping our summer is as kind to us in terms of temp extremes as our winter was!!
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    05-12-2012, 10:21 PM
Good advice phantom.
I do want to say this however, the heat here in Texas and the southwest is not the same as PA.
The heat and humidity can make it feel like 110-120* easily. For a month at a time.
Even when it is cool it is 95 and above.
Most Texans don't consider anything in the mid 90's and below really hot.
I do like the water and sponge idea. Shalom
    05-13-2012, 01:17 AM
Nah, nothing below 95 is actually hot. We just had our first really warm day here on the Corpus Christi Bay at 91- I almost didn't recognize my horse when I went out as the sweat turned his red dun to a dark sorrel just standing in the barn! I don't expect to see daytime temperatures below 85 again until October unless we have a cold snap.

For better or worse we had a lot of rain in the last few days so the humidity is about 100%, the mosquitoes are breeding and the breeze has been nearly non-existent, which is the worst part. Usually even when it's 100+ there's a nice breeze so at least the air is moving. Riding out of the 'heat of the day' isn't really as big a thing as you might think here because there may be only two degrees difference between noon and midnight and the humidity doesn't typically change at all. It is best to avoid the noontime sun for the burn factor though.

You can imagine how much salt and water the horses go through. Luckily for me, my pony is Texas born and bred and has lived here longer than I have, so as much as I worry about him, he's likely much better adapted than I am.
    05-13-2012, 08:39 AM
Green Broke
Drink water,
Look at a Basspro shop for womens fishing shirts. Light weight vented but protect from sun and heat.
Drink water,
Look for pants marketed towards endurance riders, "saddlebums" are good.
Drink water,
Turn your AC off. Seriously. I grew up in the South and never had AC, nor did any of my friends. We also didnt seem to get worked up over the heat. Now people crank the AC, and gripe and complain and hide in the house all summer. Body never really acclimates.
I spend alot of my work days in 100-120 degree environments. Consequently I think and feel nothing about 90 degree riding days. It's all relative.
Drink water..... Did I mention drink water ?
    05-13-2012, 08:49 AM
I'm riding all day mustering in hot weather with no shade. We all wear jeans and long sleeve 100% cotton shirts. Camelbaks on all day. Really good sunscreen, I use invisible zinc. A lightweight vented helmet with a brim that velcros on. You can buy lightweight Lycra type fingerless gloves that protect the backs of your hands as well.
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    05-13-2012, 09:45 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by dbarabians    
Good advice phantom.
I do want to say this however, the heat here in Texas and the southwest is not the same as PA.
The heat and humidity can make it feel like 110-120* easily. For a month at a time.
Even when it is cool it is 95 and above.
Most Texans don't consider anything in the mid 90's and below really hot.
I do like the water and sponge idea. Shalom

Unfortunately, it all depends on the year for us. The past few summers have been record-breaking and we have been routinely experiencing temperatures like those you describe. I hope like heck this summer gives us a break and we return to normal as there is a reason I don't live in Texas!

I can vividly remember some (not very nice) person at the OD pointing out the atomic clock's temperature reading of 106 in the shade at a hold I was getting ready to leave.. and then informing me the heat index was somewhere in the 120s. Things you do not need to know before heading out for your next loop!!
    05-13-2012, 10:14 AM
Panty horse. William Shatner still rides and swears by them.

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