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    07-05-2012, 02:59 PM
Also keep in mind that a lot varies from horse to horse. My arab does well in the heat and we ride primarily on trails, even when it's 90+ and somewhat to moderately humid. However we're riding in the shade, with lots of water crossings (up along the hudson river) and he doesn't sweat as profusely and cools off much better metabolically than some of my other horses.

My one OTTB and my clyde cross both do horribly in the heat. My clyde is worse due to body mass and size. With them I don't ride if it's high 80s and humid, let alone 90s.

I also have to be careful as I am prone to heat stroke thanks to having it as a kid. So I know if I start feeling lightheaded at all, or nauseous, that I need to stop and call it quits. Because this happens easily to me even when well- hydrated, it's a good monitor for when I need to call it quits for my horse's sake as well.
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    07-05-2012, 05:37 PM
I think it will also depend upon what you horse is accustomed to...

If 95 is extremely or unusually hot for your area - then heck, no - you shouldn't be riding. (Same goes for cold - if it is extremely or unusually cold you shouldn't be riding either.)

But just like people - horses become acclimated to their climate. If summers are typically hot and humid...horses will adjust to those conditions.

Since you are based in Michigan...and I assume that 95 is may want to postpone until temps are a little more "normal". JMHO.
    07-06-2012, 12:24 PM
Being another from Arizona, I can't help but agree that, if it's not very humid, riding when it's 95 isn't going to kill your horse. I usually don't head out to the barn until after 6pm, but even then it's still 104+ outside! If you're planning on riding for an extended period of time in the heat, I would suggest water breaks for both human and horse. But, really, your horse should be just fine working when it's hot.

And, pssh, only 95? I got excited the other day when it was ONLY 96 at about 7pm!

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