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  • Can you bathe your horse in 95 degree weather
  • Heat during horse camp

 
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    05-02-2011, 08:40 PM
  #11
Weanling
Great thread! Nothing worse than 85+ degrees in an outdoor arena with the sun beating down on you and then being reflected off of arena sand. I got some kind of heat exhaustion one year and have been susceptible to it ever since. It's terrible! I wear irideon tights which are quite cool as well as underarmour which wicks sweat away. I'm sure all of the sports stores have some kind of moisture-wicking material and IMO it's worth it. But the number one absolute need for me is a healthy breakfast with potassium! If I don't eat a decent meal in the morning and stay hydrated during my ride I can plan on having to cut down my time in the saddle. My kitchen countertops are dripping with bananas in the summertime.

Strange- lol! Agreed, wear sunscreen. So true. Age spots and wrinkles aren't worth a tan either.
     
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    05-02-2011, 08:46 PM
  #12
Showing
Oh my, Shasta, you are lucky. 85+? Can I come stay with you in the summer?
     
    05-02-2011, 09:01 PM
  #13
Weanling
Smrobs, you are more than welcome to come on up here to get away from the Texas sun! =) I think I would end up in the hospital on a weekly basis if I had to deal with the heat you must deal with! Can I hang out in Texas for January?
     
    05-02-2011, 09:17 PM
  #14
Showing
Heck yeah. We had average temps in the 40s and 50s for most of the winter, other than the occasional really cold spell.
     
    05-02-2011, 10:54 PM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by donatellodemerlieux    
There is one product that I borrowed last summer from a friend while I was at an eventing trial, I wore it under my vest. It's a vest type thing filled with some type of gel, you just soak it in water, then while you're wearing it, it keeps you cool. The only problem is, whatever you are wearing over/under it gets wet. It worked really well, and if your riding anywhere other than a shower where you have to look good, I would definetly suggest it. I'm really sorry, but I don't know what it was called as I only used it once.

I have something exactly like that, except it's this thing that you tie around your neck. I'll definitely be bringing it to camp with me.

I always thought that a long sleeve shirt would make you hotter in the summer, but I'll be on the lookout for a lightweight one; I'll have to try it out :)
     
    05-03-2011, 09:19 PM
  #16
Yearling
Long sleeves also help protect you from sunburn. :)
     
    05-03-2011, 09:39 PM
  #17
Foal
Found this on another thread: EquiShopper - Cool Medics


I'm glad you started this thread, I have hypoglycemia/diabetes type stuff and being in the heat for a long time definitely doesn't help me feel better! So I need to find as many ways to keep cool as possible. Lucky for me there is lots of shade in the area (at least under the trees and in the barn) and also the place that we ride is literally right beside a lake or pond, whatever it is :P And their bathrooms are working again, so we can go in there and wash off.

Any more ideas?
     
    05-06-2011, 05:01 PM
  #18
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by donatellodemerlieux    
There is one product that I borrowed last summer from a friend while I was at an eventing trial, I wore it under my vest. It's a vest type thing filled with some type of gel, you just soak it in water, then while you're wearing it, it keeps you cool. The only problem is, whatever you are wearing over/under it gets wet. It worked really well, and if your riding anywhere other than a shower where you have to look good, I would definetly suggest it. I'm really sorry, but I don't know what it was called as I only used it once.
It is called a cooling vest, and you can find a lot of them if you just type that into your Google search box. I use these for any outdoor activities in the summer because I have MS and heat just turns me into a limp noodle.

You soak them in the tub to charge up the gel, but then you can wrap it up and put it into the fridge to get cold (or the freezer, if you live in Texas) and if you do this a day in advance it will not make your clothes wet when you wear it.

The neck thingies that have that gel in them are also pretty good - but if you are in serious heat, then the vest is really the way to go.
     
    05-07-2011, 06:55 PM
  #19
Started
Mostly, I'll watch the weather and either ride early morning or late evening.

Its just not worth it to me OR the horse to have to work in 95 degree weather and up! Its no fun having to watch your self AND keeping an eye on your horse for heat exhaustion! I personally do not do well working/exercising in high heat. I get overheated easily, I'll get dizzy and nauseous. I mean, I'll suck it up if I have to, but if I can avoid riding in midday, I will! Where I first took riding lessons, we had a horse that literally, fell down while trotting because he got overheated. Not cool.
     
    05-10-2011, 03:52 PM
  #20
Foal
Here's some tips from my end of things. (I say this as someone who lives in a variation of hell -- but with more humidity.)

-- Drink something in addition to water. Get a sports drink, bring some bananas for after the ride, etc.

-- Tech fabrics are awesome. I just bought some knee-length Nike Pro compression shorts (similar to Under Armour) that were thinner than UA and the seams were less bulky, that helps me breather under my jean breeches. I also have a Nike Climacool t-shirt that breathes quite well. I'll probably pair that with a UA tank top underneath, and/or a well-breathing sports bra.

-- Light layers. As others have mentioned, it's good to get the sun off of you and then have something underneath to control moisture.

-- Wearing a helmet that allows air flow. This is one I'm trying to solve at the moment, as my old IRH allows no air what so ever, so I'm looking at some alternatives.

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Originally Posted by sullylvr    
ahhh im so glad this thread came up!! I know its just now getting hot in alabama but my body must not be used to the heat and after I got of of my ride I almost fainted, followed by a vomiting spell... worst day ever.
Tell me about it! I did the same thing about 3 weeks ago. The temperature hit 90 and I had a 2 p.m. Lesson. Wow. I was fine riding, but once I dismounted, things went quickly downhill. I had to have my trainer untack my horse and turn him out, because I was sitting on the floor, trying not to pass out.

The lesson I had yesterday wasn't quite as bad, but there was still some light headedness when I was done. So, my trainer and I are rescheduling my lessons for early in the morning until it cools off here ... in December. :sigh:
     

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