Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kansas in the summer, Kentucky most of the time
I live in Kansas, therefore, getting used to the heat is essential. I ride at 7:00 every morning when it is going to get 90+ degrees, which is at least 3/4 of the summer. My horses (who have all come from Texas) are used to the heat. The trouble here is the intense humidity that comes with the heat. Dry heat is like heaven compared to the humidity.
When I ride, I usually ride for about 45 minutes, depending on my goals that day, the horse's fitness leve, and the horse I am riding. Afterwards, the horse always gets a complete hose down (including a sponge on the head).
If it is unbearably hot the entire day, even at seven AM, I don't ride. Period. It's not good for me (I have a kidney condition that makes me get heat stroke really easily) or the horse.
Unfortunately, most of the time it is too hot to put fly sheets on (but they have fly masks) and my horses fade out tremendously. Uma is almost black in the winter and literally buckskin with dapples in the summer.
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