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post #21 of 34 Old 07-01-2013, 11:56 PM
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Not really feeling the summer heat much in my neck of the woods. It's already July 1st and it was only 22C today. It was super nice for riding but we have had our fair share of rain thus far. I haven't even been in the pool yet as it hasn't been up to temperature yet. I believe that on Wednesday it's supposed to get warmer. I know how hard it is to get a ride in when it's so hot and I feel for all of you guys in the blistering heat. Keep cool!
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post #22 of 34 Old 07-02-2013, 12:07 AM
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The heat is bad right now, but I'll take 2 or 3 months of heat over 5 to 6 months of winter anyday.

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post #23 of 34 Old 07-02-2013, 03:02 AM
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It cooled off a bit here. It had been over the "norm" (90's) for weeks! I don't mind the 90's..over 100 is a bit uncomfy. I cannot survive humidity. The one thing that is good about the heat is it fries all those flies in my fly traps. That just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!

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post #24 of 34 Old 07-02-2013, 10:51 AM
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I don't do well with humidity..The temperature isn't what I mind, the sun is what kills me. I do NOT remember the last 5 years as being nearly as hot as this year in the sun.

According to my boss I went into heat stroke last monday. I wasn't dehydrated or anything, but the sun got me. I threw up all the water I had drank (usually one bottle an hour, sometimes two when I splash myself with it instead of drinking it lol) and came very close to passing out. I'm just glad my work truck has AC and I wasn't driving my personal truck that day (no AC).

I think the highest we've gotten is 97* with 80% humidity..and that wasn't even the day I almost passed out, lol.

My poor mare isn't too happy about it..She's been sweaty on her neck/stifles/girth/face everytime I go out to see her lately, and I feel bad, lol. Thankfully though, our wash rack has hot/cold water that actually stays cold, otherwise I'd probably spend 2 houra trying to cool her down after our rides/workouts D:
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post #25 of 34 Old 07-02-2013, 11:18 AM
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Nope, disagree....you can dress for cold weather, but you can take off only that much...
I agree with this. While I don't really care for any temperature extreme (yesterday and today are gorgeous, mid 80's, lower humidity, and a nice breeze), it's much easier to just bundle up when it's cold outside. While it may not be very convenient to wear 4-5 layers and carry hand warmers in your pockets and your boots, I am able to at least stay warm when it's below zero outside. When it gets hot, even stripping down to my skivvies doesn't help. I've taken to dunking my shirt in the water tank every little while, which helps a little, but I still almost heat-stroked myself the other day.
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post #26 of 34 Old 07-02-2013, 01:57 PM
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I agree with this. While I don't really care for any temperature extreme (yesterday and today are gorgeous, mid 80's, lower humidity, and a nice breeze), it's much easier to just bundle up when it's cold outside. While it may not be very convenient to wear 4-5 layers and carry hand warmers in your pockets and your boots, I am able to at least stay warm when it's below zero outside. When it gets hot, even stripping down to my skivvies doesn't help. I've taken to dunking my shirt in the water tank every little while, which helps a little, but I still almost heat-stroked myself the other day.
NEVER without a hat of some kind, I found out. I drench a ballcap. Helps. Just keep wetting it. The hairdo is shot after that, but it would be anyway with all the sweating.

Yesterday we went only up to 104... it was overcast.
Now it's already 94, no breeze. Bad.....
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post #27 of 34 Old 07-02-2013, 02:30 PM
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Oh, yeah, I never go anywhere without a hat on (cap around the barn, felt cowboy hat when working cattle), but my cap doesn't hold enough water to provide much cooling...it's old and broken down so the air blows right through all the open spots where the material has rotted away from all the sweat LOL. And, I can't really wet my felt without ruining it.

I've seriously considered buying one of those towels that they advertise on TV that you snap them and they cool off. I wonder if those things really work...

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post #28 of 34 Old 07-02-2013, 02:37 PM
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They do. I've used a wet towel around my neck INSIDE the last few days....swampcooler hasn't been cleaned, pad not changed( duh), so it's struggling....but that wet towel helped.
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post #29 of 34 Old 07-02-2013, 08:55 PM
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Wow, it plummeted here today, high of 84. With the breeze, and we always have a breeze, I had to put on a sweatshirt this morning.

Idk about folks that think freezing temps are easier. I guess it depends on what you can handle. At below freezing temps, my hands start to "freeze up". In the saddle I can feel myself start to hunker down to protect my face and then I get "frozen" in that position.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #30 of 34 Old 07-02-2013, 10:11 PM
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This evening I waited until the sun was low to saddle up. That was a mistake. I should have waited a little longer. The humidity shot up and the bull flies hit us in droves. I unsaddled and let the horse go back inside. Now, at 9 pm would have been a good time, just that hour later but then the window of opportunity is short.
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