No one in southern Az, (Tucson, Phoenix, all surrounding areas) would ride a single day at ANY time during the months of late June through early Aug.were we to follow such a chart. Daily after about 7 am and until about 2 am, the temp does not usually drop below 90° & the humidity is 40-70%...(monsoon season) we don't ride long if the ride is strenuous, and if it is a longer ride, we make sure it's simpler/less taxing to horse and rider.
We drink H20 & sports drinks constantly but interestingly, the horses still drink in early am (dawn) & evening (dusk) & always check their feeders before they even think about h20 once they are returned to their stalls after their hose-downs...it's uncanny! I would think, "I've gotta drink!" Were I a horse, but they seen relatively unfazed!
We still ride as early am or late in the evening as possible, but I imagine with all the ranchers, there is some work they MUST DO middle of the day, and I PERSONALLY haven't ever heard of a horse here with heat exhaustion, etc...though I imagine it happens...I think they DO ADAPT fairly well, but we do have a choice and try to make things as comfy as possible for them...
I think once monsoons are over, the heat issue is less, as stated, due to the lower to non-existent humidity!
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Last edited by Back2Horseback; 07-04-2012 at 11:43 AM.