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post #1 of 18 Old 07-05-2012, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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This heat is depressing me and turning me off from riding!

I go and visit my horse and cover him in various anti-fly things and turn him back out because its too hot to ride most days. I have to get up super early or go late to go ride and I usually just end up visiting. I'll give him baths and let him play with his ball a bit too. I started out working on stuff in my things to do in the heat thread but I've totally lost motivation. I get bummed out because I really loved to go on long trail rides weekend mornings but with this heat if ingot up super early I might be able to get in an hour - maybe - unless I go before the sun is up.

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post #2 of 18 Old 07-05-2012, 01:52 PM
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I feel ya. I don't want to do anything in this heat. And my horse sweats like a fiend without even being worked, so he gets baths daily, and gets brushed. That along with some fresh water. Usually by the time I am done doing all that stuff, I am soaking in sweat, so that's all I do.

Its sad, but this too shall pass!

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I'm always so happy to see that the bath visits make him feel better. When I come in, he's huddled in the shed with his buddies, clumped together and sweating (okay seriously WHY do they clump together in this heat when there's plenty of space to spread out?). I give him a bath and do the anti-fly stuff ritual, turn him out and he has a good drink of water (I always offer him a drink even though he of course has free choice water), has a good roll and goes off to graze. It's 2 degrees hotter than when I arrived but he's more comfy!
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I've been up at 6 lately to ride my four before the heat hits. Tomorrow it's supposed to be over 100F....I'm motivated to keep them fit, but maybe not that motivated....
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post #5 of 18 Old 07-05-2012, 06:22 PM
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its been in the high 90s up to 110 degrees F here. I've been riding every day, but only working for 15-30 minutes, then walking on the trail in the shade. My horse is super fit right now and I want to keep her that way ! She doesnt struggle with the heat, and she's never sweating before I get on. Sometimes between her real work and her trail ride I will hose her with cool water. She also lives outside, so she's accustomed to the heat.

It does suck though ! Not nearly as fun as riding when its in the 70s !!

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post #6 of 18 Old 07-06-2012, 10:27 AM
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I'm always so happy to see that the bath visits make him feel better. When I come in, he's huddled in the shed with his buddies, clumped together and sweating (okay seriously WHY do they clump together in this heat when there's plenty of space to spread out?). I give him a bath and do the anti-fly stuff ritual, turn him out and he has a good drink of water (I always offer him a drink even though he of course has free choice water), has a good roll and goes off to graze. It's 2 degrees hotter than when I arrived but he's more comfy!
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I always thought they clumped together to help keep the flies off one another. Then when one of them swishes their tail, or stomps a foot, the flies scamper for all of them. I may be wrong but that's what I always assumed.

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I always thought they clumped together to help keep the flies off one another. Then when one of them swishes their tail, or stomps a foot, the flies scamper for all of them. I may be wrong but that's what I always assumed.
That makes sense. It just makes the area they clump up in SO MUCH HOTTER that I wonder I'd it's really worth it.

Ah, if horses could talk....
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That makes sense. It just makes the area they clump up in SO MUCH HOTTER that I wonder I'd it's really worth it.

Ah, if horses could talk....
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haha I'm pretty sure if mine could talk I would get sworn at.... a lot.

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I feel ya..While I'd like to ride every day to get ST ready for fair (she sat to pasture all winter/spring until I started leasing her), it's just not worth the 30-45 minute drive if I'm going to be miserable in the heat.

In the 18 years I've lived, I have never seen the temperature past 95* until this year, and according to the weather, today's suppose to be 99* and tomorrow 104*. From what I understood, beaver county just isn't suppose to get this high! I'm use to my 65* comfortable-ness, and only ~85* sweat-weather.

I ended up going on a morning trail ride Wednesday at 9 (we started out at 9, I was at the barn at 8 to tack up and trailer over) and while it was half-decent under the trees, I was still pouring sweat by the time 10.30 hit, as was ST. It didn't really help that we had to jog most of the trail just to keep up with the rest of the horses that were walking. I can't even imagine how it's going to feel when we hit the arena a few miles down the road to start learning the patterns for fair (all the games and some trail courses for practice).

I just wish we would stay around 70* year round, dammit!
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post #10 of 18 Old 07-06-2012, 12:58 PM
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The first time I ever saw my horses sweat in a pasture I freaked out and thought something was really wrong. I can't handle humidity. It drove me right out of a state, once...depressed wasn't quite the word for it. Anyone that can handle it should pat themselves on the back - it takes one tough hambre!!!

Oh, btw...its cooling down here..nanner nanner!

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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