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post #21 of 81 Old 05-13-2012, 09:28 AM
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i agree with the no AC idea ! i work outside 40-50hrs a week and i spend a lot of time outside with my horse. most other people at my barn have a lot of trouble when it gets hot, but i dont at all because my body is used to it from work and i never use AC in my car or at home. its not fair to your body to go from 65degrees inside to 100+ outside.
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post #22 of 81 Old 05-13-2012, 11:57 AM
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Here is my hot weather riding apparel list:
Tipperary Sportage helmet
FITS riding breeches (my fav), Sticky Seat breeches, or Tropical Cool breeches
Ariat All Terain 1/2 chaps
Roeckle mesh/sun gloves (I forget the name, but they aren't the crochet variety)
Lululemon workout top

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Q Baby jeans
Skip the chaps... toss on the Ariat Terrain 1/2 chaps, in a larger size to fit over jeans
Very light weight cotton top - Tip: nice pre-owned vintage button ups that have washed/worn thin are the best :)
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post #23 of 81 Old 05-13-2012, 05:38 PM
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I work outdoors 8-10 hours a day in the summer, so I just get used to the heat. I force myself to drink atleast a pint of water every three to four hours though, even if I'm not thirsty.

Unfortunately with the type of work I do, I have to wear jeans out to the barn, not breeches- and I dont get the chance to change- but a few things that have helped me are getting a well ventilated helmet, wetting (just damp) a bandana and putting it either across my neck or under my shirt (may sound weird, but sticking it between your bra either in front or back is actually really helpful xD just make sure it isnt TOO'll get some odd splotches) and wearing fishing or athletic shirts helps too. Tank tops are nice too, but if you burn easily, its not a good idea. I have Ariat paddock boots as well, which have a lot of breathability.

I also crop my hair super short in the summer, but that may be something that you dont like. It sure helps me though!

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post #24 of 81 Old 05-13-2012, 06:09 PM
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You've already gotten all the quality advice there is to give, lol, not much to add- Personally, I live in AZ, and it gets to the 120's in the summer routinely. I usually either have to ride in the heat or not at all, so the best option is pretty much to stock up on water, get some good sunscreen, find a nice hat/ helmet with viser, and get used to it... In AZ, it's not much cooler in the morning/evening, so that's not the best option.
Fat is also an insulator, so try kicking up your work-outs/ starting to work out to get more muscle and less fat... I've packed on a lot of fat lately, with the stress of Junior year, and I can DEFINITELY feel the difference now that summer is here. But frankly, I think that's the best option- don't avoid the heat, get used to it/ condition yourself and your horse, try to keep less fat on your body, WATER AND SUNSCREEN, of course, lol, and I like to ride in the morning so that I can jump into the pool afterwards . My horses also get sprayed down/ bathed frequently and after every work out. One of my horses is black, and chubby, so I have to be very careful with him in this heat- he needs to lose weight like I do, LOL.
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post #25 of 81 Old 05-13-2012, 06:19 PM
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Heat? What heat?

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I have no idea if wearing a revolver on your hip makes it cooler or not. I guess it might discourage someone from telling you that you smell bad...

I will say that I haven't seen any old time photo with guys wearing short sleeves...

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post #26 of 81 Old 05-13-2012, 06:36 PM
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I firmly attribute that to them being used to the heat, as they practically lived out there

Forgot to mention, I like to wear tanks and stuff because I basically hate the feeling of clothes on my arms in the summer, LOL, but it's smarter to wear long sleeves anyway...
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post #27 of 81 Old 05-13-2012, 06:39 PM
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Last summer was my first summer in east Texas...holy crap...I almost died.
I did learn with the humidity that long sleeve cotton shirts are way better to wear than tank tops. Plenty of water and Gatorade.

My concern was my horses, they were miserable! In Nevada where we live we get about a week of 100F heat. Which is still very tolerable. Humidity makes a HUGE difference. Here in TX my poor ponies would stand and sweat all day, in the afternoons I would hose them off and added some electrolytes to their feed. Looks like we will be down here for another summer so I hope they acclimated some.

I also found this formula for determining whether or not it is too hot to ride. Especially given horses are much better equipped for cold rather than heat.

Temperature(F) + Relative Humidity(%) - Wind Speed(MPH)
For example it is 98 degrees + 55% humidity - 5mph wind = 148
Anything under about 130 a horses cooling mechanism will work fine.
From about 140 - 170 he will need assistance in proper cooling.
And over 180 there may be a risk of heat exhaustion or stroke.
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post #28 of 81 Old 05-13-2012, 06:43 PM
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^^^ I'm using that equation. Definitely.
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post #29 of 81 Old 05-13-2012, 07:08 PM
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Cotton sucks. Literally.

Cotton absorbs liquid and holds it in, slowing evaporation. Evaporation is the main cooling mechanism of the body. I don't feel like going into the thermodynamics of why.

Synthetic fibers like polyester and polypropylene are do not absorb much moisture and instead transport the moisture from one side of a fabric made from it to the other via vapor pressure differences. In other words, polyester and polypropylene transfer water from one side of the fabric to the other without absorbing much of it.

As a result, wearing clothing made from those fibers makes the wearer cooler as sweat is rapidly transformed to the surface of the garment where it is evaporated rapidly.

It is no coincidence that modern athletic and outdoor clothing contains little to no cotton.

Whatever the old timers wore doesn't mean a whole lot when their choices were three: cotton, leather, and wool.

We now know better and have better choices.
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post #30 of 81 Old 05-13-2012, 07:38 PM
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Disagree about the faults of cotton. For running shorts, where there is friction, I prefer modern miracle fabrics. For socks and shirts, I strongly prefer cotton.

I can't speak to east Texas, because I've never lived there & most of my hot weather living has been in deserts - California, Arizona, Utah, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. I did spend 4 years in the Philippines, though, and it has plenty of humidity.

A loose, long-sleeve cotton shirt works better than any of the modern stuff I've tried. It isn't simply a matter of wicking or not wicking. Loose cotton allows air flow under it, allowing the sweat on the skin to evaporate. When there is enough sweat, the cotton does absorb it - but if it is thin cotton, that isn't a problem. Long sleeves provide shade.

Someone who feels otherwise can wear otherwise. I posted the old pictures, tho, because back then people LIVED in the heat. They didn't leave their air conditioned home and go running for 30 minutes, then go back into their air conditioned homes.

Modern athletic clothing isn't designed for long hours outdoors. It isn't designed for spending 12 hours in the sun. Those who lived outdoors may have something to contribute to our modern living. Or not. Everyone makes their own choice, and I choose loose fitting, long sleeve cotton shirts over modern sports gear.

Oh - and I wear jeans. If I'm outside in something else, I'm jogging when the temperature is above 80 deg or so. And leather boots work for me while riding horses.
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