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    05-25-2012, 03:47 PM
Riding in hot weather

My equines and I are from Pennsylvania, and we aren't used to the sudden heat wave that we've been experiencing for the past month now. I'm not used to riding in such hot and sometimes humid weather, and neither are the horses. Everything this year seems to have gotten worse, flies, ticks, and some skin conditions.
I'm concerned about riding in such hot weather, is it a benefit or is it hazardous??
I don't quite understand how some of my relations in the southern states can ride their horses in such heat.
Some much needed clarification and advice is welcome....

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    05-25-2012, 05:55 PM
Here in Missouri, we don't ride in the heat of the day. Instead we'll ride early morning or later in the afternoon/evening.
    05-25-2012, 06:33 PM
My cousins in the Carolina's, Virginia, Georgia, and California have ridden almost all day on some occasions. I think they're crazy for doing so.
Thank you!
    05-25-2012, 09:10 PM
It very much depends on the humidity. Here in NC it tends to be very humid and when it's 90+, we try and do all riding before 11 or stay in the shade of the woods.
    05-25-2012, 09:21 PM
Here in AZ we ride in the early morning, like between 5 and 7am. It's not completely unheard of to ride in the afternoon, but it's usually because the morning ride carried over into the afternoon.
    05-26-2012, 11:59 AM
Thanks, that makes sense, i'm just not used to how fast it gets hot here. At 10am today we were at 80 degrees. Should I take a saddle bag with me for water or anything if i'm out on a long ride in the mornings?? Or should I stick to the woods, and close to a creek/stream...
    05-26-2012, 12:04 PM
There's nothing wrong with riding in the heat, if you're used to it.
You don't want to stress the horses out. Make sure they have a cool place to go to if they need it. (Barn, shelter, trees, whatever). You don't want anyone getting heat stroke. Make sure they're drinking enough water, and remember that no one wants to drink water that's been sitting in the sun all day.
Riding at night is the best strategy. If you must ride during the day, stop working once the horse works up a sweat. Take breaks during your ride to let the horse's breathing go back to normal. Hosing them off helps cool them down but make sure there's some kind of breeze to dry them off. If you just stuff them back into a hot stall, they won't dry quickly, and they'll be uncomfortable and soggy...
    05-26-2012, 02:59 PM
Green Broke
Drink water, make sure the horses drink water, learn how to do the cap refill and neck pinch tests or check their gums.. Gums should stay slimey. If so all is well. I ride when I have a chance to ride, if its hot I just deal with it.

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