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post #1 of 8 Old 01-21-2009, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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How hot is too hot?

How hot is too hot to ride?
I've had to cancel 3 lessons so far because of the weather.
Its been upto 45c here.
And I wont ride if its upto 30 c.
What do you think is too hot to ride?
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-21-2009, 09:47 AM
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I ride in all temperatures and here in the summer it can get up to 115 F (45 C) or hotter. When it is hot like that, I just have to be very aware of my horse's needs. I make sure that they have the chance to drink often and I never stress them. Only walking or slow trot for short times. I just watch for any warning signs exhaustion or any other illnesses related to the heat. After the ride, I usually rinse them off with cool water before turning them out. I have never had a horse get sick because of the heat.

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-21-2009, 11:46 AM
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I also do what smrobs does, walk, maybe easy trot lots of water for the horses, resting if needed and hosing them off afterwards, me too.
I will change when I ride if its very hot to early morning or dusk, a bit cooler. I don't ride in an arena (don't have one yet), and its cooler in the woods on the trails , no direct sun due to the tree canopy. If its also very humid, I switch to some ground work, hopefully in a shady spot.
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-21-2009, 01:40 PM
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I ride all year-round; but if it's too hot in the summer, then I don't. If it's near like 90+F then I don't ride, I will just groom or rinse them off. Maybe some light riding, but nothing too major.

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post #5 of 8 Old 01-22-2009, 06:52 AM
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Usually it doesn't get this hot but I don't regularly ride if it is above 90 degrees F. If you do decide to ride, go light, and give the horse a nice cold shower afterwards.

Interesting thread because mine was asking if it was too cold! LOL! :)
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-22-2009, 05:59 PM
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I ride in all temperatures and here in the summer it can get up to 115 F (45 C) or hotter. When it is hot like that, I just have to be very aware of my horse's needs. I make sure that they have the chance to drink often and I never stress them. Only walking or slow trot for short times. I just watch for any warning signs exhaustion or any other illnesses related to the heat. After the ride, I usually rinse them off with cool water before turning them out. I have never had a horse get sick because of the heat.
I do similar to this, although normally I will just put on a halter and go on a trail ride to a nice deeper river so we stay nice and cool. I am not sure where some near by rivers are at my new place though. I'll have to go hunting for some.

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-23-2009, 11:18 AM
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Here in San Antonio, Texas, the cutoff is 95f (35c).
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-23-2009, 01:55 PM
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Here in San Antonio, Texas, the cutoff is 95f (35c).
Of course, it all depends on humidity too. It can be 90 degrees with 90%humidity and it can be more dangerous for a horse than a dry heat at 115. In San Antonio, it is a lot more humid than it is in Amarillo.

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