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        06-29-2009, 03:55 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    This should help, but I even disagree with this. I think the numbers are too high.
    When is it too hot to ride a horse? - eXtension

    Except for the time I lived in SoCal, I never have ridden once it's past 85 degrees because of the humidity --- especially if there's no chance finding shade.

    In SoCal I could ride until around 10 in the morning during the hot months even if the temps were in the 90's because they don't have humidity.

    Well, they think they do, but 4% humidity doesn't get on the scale when a person is used to big double digit numbers

    Hope the link helps
         
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        06-29-2009, 04:07 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by eventerdrew    
    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.
    I hear you. Although I have to disagree up to a point on the humidity thing. We are very dry here all the time and with no humidity, it will dry out mouths and sinuses (miserable) just by breathing. It is so easy to get very dehydrated here and even if I sweat profusely, I don't get cooled off because the sweat evaporates almost before it is outside my body. I prefer a day with between 30% and 50%. Anything more or less is miserable to me. :) We have been averaging around 104 for several days here and even though my horses handle it well, I don't. Too much air conditioning at work makes it hard to acclimate myself . I just can't seem to make myself ride when it is too hot.
         
        06-29-2009, 04:16 PM
      #13
    Showing
    Yesterday I had a show; it was about 83F but there was a breeze. Just make sure you don't overwork your horse, & you give them water/rinse them off after a ride. :)
    I don't ride in the 90's too much, or when it's too hot for ME to ride...sometimes the heat is just too much.
         
        06-29-2009, 06:05 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
    This should help, but I even disagree with this. I think the numbers are too high.
    When is it too hot to ride a horse? - eXtension
    I think this is too high also. I read somewhere else (no longer remember where) that you should only do light work when temp+humidy gets to 130.

    These days in NC when the temp is 90+ and the humidity is 30%+ we try to start our trail rides by 9am and finish up by 1pm. It's even too hot in the evening.
         
        06-29-2009, 06:12 PM
      #15
    Started
    Omg I am in CA and the weather has been crazy! It was 111 deg. Yesterday- yeah not ok ... we waited untill 7:30 last night to ride and it was still like 86 deg.

    It has almost been to hot for a fly sheet but I feel bad because the flies attach them :( We have tons of fly "stuff" but when it's so hot the flies like multiply!

    Here a pic of Maddy all decked out haha
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        06-29-2009, 08:38 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    I hear ya'll about it being hot, its just awful here in Fla. Although I do prefer the dry heat over this humidity, it is awful, by the time I get to the barn/ pasture I'm sweating my butt off and that's just a short walk from my house to my back yard, haha..We ride in the evenings, even though it is still hot

    QHDragon, I will take 80 degree weather anytime, I'll trade you, lol

    Kchfuller, I would not put a flysheet on my horses, they would sweat to death, I spray them down with fly spray, try "horse and pony" spray it is sweat resistant and waterproof, so you can still hose them off during the day to cool em.
         
        06-30-2009, 11:43 AM
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    Kchfuller, I would not put a flysheet on my horses, they would sweat to death, I spray them down with fly spray, try "horse and pony" spray it is sweat resistant and waterproof, so you can still hose them off during the day to cool em.[/quote]

    Oh both of them get the fly sheets taken off when it gets in the 80's - I know that it is too hot above that, but thanks!
         

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