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  • I hate horseback riding in the heat
  • Hate riding in the heat

 
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    05-10-2011, 09:53 PM
  #21
Weanling
I don't ride in summer. I hate the heat but not only that in australia you got 100000000 flies to deal with too!! Your trying to ride nicely so you can get off on a good note, at the same time trying to swat flies and hold the reigns, and trying not to lose the plot!! I hate flies, I hate the heat, so I won't ride. On cooler days I would ride about 6/6.30 at night and usually trail ride. My horses got no comps on during summer so they get to rest :)
I did have to start riding my older horse ozzie in january because he was getting REALLY fat and cresty. LOL but that was it.
     
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    05-10-2011, 10:16 PM
  #22
Green Broke
It gets really hot here in the summer. We usually ride in the early morning if at all possible. I usually wear a loose shirt, comfortable jeans, boots, and a hat.
I always take 4 or 5 bottles of water with me. Two are usually frozen solid. That way they keep the other ones cold and thaw by the end of the ride.
Also, I find that it really helps me if I'm good and hydrated before I start.
I'll drink some gatorade mixed with water or coconut water before I go out.
     
    05-14-2011, 07:29 AM
  #23
Yearling
It was literally 100 degrees when I went out for my lesson on Thursday, & it's only May...I am NOT looking forward to what the weather will be like in July! We have to take a lot of water breaks in the shade. We'll warm up on the flat, chill in the shade & hydrate, warm up over a line of fences, chill in the shade & hydrate, jump a course, chill in the shade & hydrate...
Every once in a while my trainer will just leave the sprinkler on in the middle of the arena while we're doing our on-the-flat warmups so that we get a little cool down as we ride by. The mare throws a fit if the water hits her face though haha she's such a princess. I personally appreciate it hitting my face! This will actually be only my 2nd summer riding in FL, even though I grew up here & have lived here for the majority of my life. I've always managed to escape up north in the past. I'm determined not to live in this state forever, it's just too darn hot for riding!

I have a couple pairs of Ariat Buzz Off Riding Tights. I'm not sure if they still sell them or not, but I originally bought them a few years ago to help keep the bugs away during trail rides. The bug repellant has long since washed off, but they have large ventilation strips across each leg & in back that make them a bit cooler to ride in than normal riding tights.
     
    05-14-2011, 10:23 AM
  #24
Trained
A good cowboy hat (for us old, stick in the muds that still don't wear helmets like we should), and a bandana around the neck. Because of the amount of blood flow in the arteries of the neck, if you get overheated, soaking that bandana in cool stream water and placing around your neck is the absolute fastest way to lower your body temperature.
     
    05-14-2011, 01:19 PM
  #25
Yearling
Stay hydrated!!!! Most people only drink water after they get thirsty, but the secret is to drink water before you get thirsty! By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated, so drinking at frequent intervals will help. Plus, there's nothing worse than the feeling of drinking too much water at once and then having to go back to a grueling ride. Try to get a drink of water every 10-15 minutes so that you don't have to chug the whole water bottle to quench your thirst. It will pay off in the long run!!
     
    05-14-2011, 01:58 PM
  #26
Showing
Make sure the back of your neck is covered as well. A large silk scarf feels cooler and helps shade the neck.
     
    05-14-2011, 04:00 PM
  #27
Showing
Water, water, water! For the horse as well .

In summer, I often resort to cowboy boots with riding tights for English instead of my tall boots, which get super hot and sticky. I usually wear tank tops with it, or just a sports bra if it's super hot out.
     
    05-14-2011, 04:05 PM
  #28
Weanling
So I was at my local tack store today and I saw this new thing by kerrets! They were these sleve things you pit on your arms and they use your sweat to actually get COOL. They lower temp! Haha I would have bought them but I was with my friend shopping and didn't bring cash for myself
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    05-14-2011, 05:02 PM
  #29
Foal
^ Lol.

Not too hot here, but quite. I'll definitely use some of these in June!

Shoving an ice-pack down your back and then having a water fight with hoses sometimes helps... ;)
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    05-20-2011, 09:57 PM
  #30
Weanling
During horse camp last year, I actually had to ask one of the assistant coaches to run in and bring a bucket of ice water and towels for everyone. The poor kids were dying of heat on the last few days so we had to cut riding a little shorter and make pool time a little longer!
I too like to keep the sprinkler running in the arena when possibly. But on the super hot days, I either don't ride (unless in the early morning) or go on a trail.
Our trails are used as cross country ski trails in the winter, and are attached to hundreds of acres worth of farmers fields which have tractor paths all through them. So most of our trails are tree covered :)

We are also quite close to a beach, so this summer we're going to talk to the 'town' and see if we can get permission for a visit!
Otherwise, I just like to wear light breeches and a light coloured, baggy top. After I'm done with a horse, sponging or hosing them off is a nice way to cool off yourself, and I know my horses love having a bath and a good roll in the sand to keep the flies off.

I know I'm probably the last person that should be complaining about the heat, as I live up in Canada. But we still get avg. 80 degree temps during the hottest part of the summer :$ LOL
     

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