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  • I just got my horse home from training do i let her settle in or ride?

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    08-09-2009, 11:19 AM
Just too hot to ride

I had the alarm set for 5:45 AM so that I could feed, load up the trailer and head off to meet some friends for a nice early morning trail ride at Clemson. About 3 AM I got up and my back was still not right so I shut off the alarm and slept in until ~6:30.

After feeding and grooming Boomer and Cody (the new guy), I did some chores around the barn and came in for breakfast. When I went back out, I saddled Cody to give him a try (he just got here for training on Thursday and I like to let them settle in before riding). I saddled him up, lunged him, put his bridle on then eased into the saddle - he's a long legged 16.1h AQHA racing bred, built like a TB. He was a little jumpy at first and got light on the front end. I let him go where he wanted to so that he got the feel of me and I could assess how he was. After a few minutes, I took control and we W/t around the field a bit. That was all I could handle. By the time we got back we were both totally sweated up. ~1/2 an hour all totaled. I hosed him down, and headed back to the house - all by 10:00. It's just to humid to ride.
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    08-09-2009, 11:24 AM
I understand. It's supposed to be 94 in MI today with the humidity close to that. My glasses fog up when I walk out the door. No riding today.

I hope your back feels better soon.
    08-09-2009, 11:36 AM
Its sooooo humid in MI its like 90-95 deg.!!!!!!
    08-09-2009, 11:56 AM
Lol. Today in my part of Wisconsin, the high is 98, with a heat index of 100+. Definitely no riding today.
    08-09-2009, 12:13 PM
Green Broke
I hear ya! I walked outside at about 10:30 with the intent of bringing Aero up to the house to do a little work and let Katy get some riding time in - was hit with a wall of hot humid air so thick it took my breath away. It has been unusually cool this summer, so this was a double shock. We'll have to see what this evening brings.......
    08-09-2009, 12:16 PM
It is very hot and sticky outside, but that isn't stopping my friend and I going for a ride today. I'll let you know how it goes - lol.
    08-09-2009, 12:36 PM
Want to hear about hot? In OK & TX its been in the 100s for quite some time now. That is just the temperature, I've been too scared to even find out what the heat index is.
You walk outside and it feels like your just going to melt. Awful!
I definitely don't ride when its that hot either. I attempted it once, and just about 20 minutes of walking & both the horse and I were done. Haha.
    08-09-2009, 01:24 PM
Its been extremely hot here in Florida since May. (worse than usual) and humidity at about 100% By 0900 its too hot to ride and there is little breeze or cloud cover. The horses are all sweating just standing the pasture (even in the shade) I have been trying to figure out what to do with my horse because if I don't ride her 4 to 5 times a week she is pretty nutty.

This morning I lunged her first and she really wanted to run. I made her slow down but she worked herself up pretty good after only about 15 mins of trotting and a little cantering that I felt like I had to cool her down before I rode her. I then worked her under saddle and she was good but still really forward and fast. Its just too hot, so going to shoot for riding by 0645 tmrw. (I hope)

What does everyone do when its like this? For us its going to be a 4 to 5 month stretch of extreme heat this year.
    08-09-2009, 01:26 PM
Green Broke
It's about 92 degrees here in GA. It has been in the 95-98 degree range for a while.
    08-09-2009, 01:36 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by LiveToJump    
Want to hear about hot? In OK & TX its been in the 100s for quite some time now. That is just the temperature, I've been too scared to even find out what the heat index is.
between 105-110!! (in OK that is)

Ridiculously hot IMO...

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