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post #51 of 81 Old 05-17-2012, 01:31 AM
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For the Western riders out there....thoughts on throwing a pair of chaps on over shorts in the summer?
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post #52 of 81 Old 05-17-2012, 06:12 PM
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I've done that to fish. Chaps on over shorts. Ride to the remote section of a river, pull the chaps off and wade in the river, not worrying about getting wet. When I get back into the saddle, just put the chaps back on to protect my legs going through the brush.
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post #53 of 81 Old 05-17-2012, 09:09 PM
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It doesn't get too hot? I'm in SC so the heat and humidity are brutal in the summer, but I don't want to have to change into jeans to ride since I work in shorts. Trying to find a solution.
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post #54 of 81 Old 05-20-2012, 12:27 AM
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In the summer, I ride in the am or eves, I take water, I take a spray bottle and spray myself and my horse during ride (she is not too fond of it), stop in shade to rest, I wear the cooler neck ties (bandana filled with the beads that hold water when you soak them) I take off my shirt right before I ride and hold it under the hose, lightly squeeze out excess and wear my wet shirt..new meaning to wet t-shirt.....but it really helps.

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post #55 of 81 Old 05-20-2012, 01:44 AM
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Ok...I live in southeast Texas...in a swamp...literally. It is hot and humid much of the year.

Last year, even during the drought, we rode constantly. We rode as early as possible, wore our cool vests (they WORK) along with our yarmulke (lol that is what my riding buddy called the little cap insert that was the kool fabric also. I have now added a Frogg Toggs towely kinda thing that a barn buddy got for me. Last time I rode I had on Tippery Sportage helmet, yamulke, Cool Vest and Frogg Togg.

I wear some Magellan shirts which are comfortable.

My barn buddies and my cousin ALL have the vests. It makes the ride so much better. They were worth what we paid for them! I also drink loads of Propel while riding!

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post #56 of 81 Old 05-20-2012, 08:31 AM
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I would have to discourage sports drinks for staying hydrated. The sugar will give you a sugar rush then crash :/ I actually drink Pedialyte. It might sound weird, but if I get the tasteless Pedialyte and mix it with my favorite summer drink (unsweetened sun tea), I feel amazing. It is easy for me to get sick and dehydrated in the sun and heat, and Pedialyte is the only thing that really does help me without giving me to much sugar and making my mouth blue :)

Where could I get some of these insulated saddle bags? This sounds genius!

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post #57 of 81 Old 05-20-2012, 08:49 AM
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Qos are you sayingthey make kippahs that keep you cool? Every Orthodox Jewish male I know will buy one this summer in Dallas. Shalom
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post #58 of 81 Old 05-20-2012, 11:31 AM
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LOL yes, they look like a little skull cap. Here is a link to get the vests and the little cap. I ordered 3 vests and she threw in the caps - I got them for me, a buddy and my cousin on the advice of another buddy that got them. They are a LIFE saver in Texas heat. We found that we could ride a 2 to 3 hours and still have the cooling effect. Take an extra bottle of water and take the vest off and rewet!! I took the Frogg Togg cloth and draped it around my neck and tucked the ends into the front opening of the vest to keep it in place. Kept the sun off of my neck and my neck was cool for the ride. Yay!

Vest http://hobbyhillfarm.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=692

Yalmulke Cooling Cap Liner - Fits most caps Cooling Cap Liner [cap-liner] - $9.95 : Cooling Products | Horse Cooling Product | Horse Lover Gifts, from Hobby Hill Farm

They are in a plethora of colors. I have purple, cousin has the blue, one buddy has the silver and another the tan. The colors are vivid!!!

Hobby Hill people are very nice to deal with and they were shipped out immediately.

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post #59 of 81 Old 05-20-2012, 01:03 PM
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Denise, I need to get one of those cooling vests. Sounds like a great plan.

There is something to consider with sports drinks. My daughter was drinking a ton of them because she has problems with her blood pressure dropping too low. It helped with that; however, she started having tooth problems. In the past month, I have received bills for an emergency root canal, a dental crown, and two cavities being fixed. The dentists said it was the sports drinks. I guess they are ok for occasional use; the daily use has cost me big money. (Enough to buy a nice horse.... )

Sports And Energy Drink Consumption Damages Tooth Enamel, Study Suggests

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post #60 of 81 Old 05-20-2012, 01:05 PM
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They do look like Kippahs.
Now if I can get them to do a Mogen David { Star of David} emblem I will have a dual purpose one..
I keep forgetting that is a type of wine and that is what most people think of when they hear Mogen David. Shalom
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