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    08-02-2013, 04:11 PM
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Foal
Riding in the heat

Here in Texas, it's not uncommon for temperatures to climb above 100 degrees during the summertime. How do y'all deal with the heat?

I try to ride early in the morning before it gets too hot. I offer water before and after the ride (during the ride if out for a long time), monitor respiration rate, pinch the skin on her neck to check for dehydration, and I pay attention to my horse's behavior and level of responsiveness. After riding, I'll often hand walk her to cool her out, rinse her with cool water, and put her somewhere with a breeze while she's drying off.

I'm curious to see how everyone else deals with extreme summertime temperatures. What warning signs do you look for to see if your horse is overheating? At what temperature do you make the decision that it's too hot to ride? Any input or related info is appreciated!
     
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    08-02-2013, 04:15 PM
  #2
Foal
I'm from Alberta... so we deal with extreme old more than extreme heat ;)


But I was just at a competition in kentucky for two weeks, and I got ride times at the hottest part of the day! We sponged her down with ice water every walk break and offered her water every walk break. The ice water really seemed to help a ton! My horse is big and thick, so we were worried about the heat, but we just watched for changes in her behaviour.
     
    08-02-2013, 04:22 PM
  #3
Green Broke
It's so humid here, we ride early in the morning and are all wrapped up by noon.
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    08-02-2013, 05:03 PM
  #4
Started
It gets extremely hot here too, a normal day is about 100 with a heat index from 105-115. Really, either you ride early or ride late, riding in the middle of the day will put both horse and rider in danger. If you are riding in the heat of the day I would suggest breaking every so often and hosing the horses legs, belly and neck off. Also, I think their is a rule that if the heat and humidity exceed 150 that its too hot for the horse to lose his body heat and its unsafe to ride in...
     
    08-02-2013, 05:06 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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It gets extremely hot here too, a normal day is about 100 with a heat index from 105-115. Really, either you ride early or ride late, riding in the middle of the day will put both horse and rider in danger. If you are riding in the heat of the day I would suggest breaking every so often and hosing the horses legs, belly and neck off. Also, I think their is a rule that if the heat and humidity exceed 150 that its too hot for the horse to lose his body heat and its unsafe to ride in...
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Yes, temp (F)+humidity(%) > 150 is a good rule of thumb.You can drnk all the water you want, but f the sweat doesn't evaporate, you will overheat.
     
    08-02-2013, 09:49 PM
  #6
Weanling
We take it slow and easy on excessively hot days. We've had a particularly scary bad summer - the weather's been crazy with days of relentless heat coupled with high humidity anywhere from 75 - 80% to nearly 100%. Evil.

I ride indoors - in an arena, it's cooler in there - probably close to 10 degrees cooler. They hose it down so there's less dust to kick up. Still, we had a couple of days when I couldn't stop sweating, it was pouring down my face and body and the only relief was when my horse moved, to get that slight breeze.

We didn't push it at all those days, but when I got him back to the barn, I made sure to get him straight into the shower and cooled down. I was sweating buckets and guzzling water so I could keep sweating and cooling myself down while I showered him off. I was so exhausted I could barely get the excess water off him, then I dragged my soaking wet ratty old butt to my car and somehow got home. I didn't dare put on the AC full blast in the car - THAT"S how hot it was and I was left the windows open because I was afraid I'd give myself pneumonia. No riding the next day as it was hotter.
     
    08-02-2013, 10:12 PM
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Green Broke
We ride early in the morning or late at night. I get up super early and feed at least an hour before I ride, because my horses usually won't drink until after they've ate. When we're done riding, I hose them off with lukewarm water before I put them away.
I don't ride in the middle of the day here in the summertime.
     
    08-03-2013, 02:37 AM
  #8
Yearling
If it's that hot (which it was here most of July - hottest month in recorded history ) I just don't ride. Maybe if I could get my friend to get started at dawn and get back by 10 am, but no luck with that.
     
    08-03-2013, 10:12 AM
  #9
Weanling
Maryland heat wave has broke for the last two weeks.

Prior to it cooling we rode anyway anytime of day.
We follow a river the horses can drink from and swim in.
Every 2-3 miles we add a river crossing to our journey.
Older trees with a high canopy 95% riding in the shade w/average 5mph breeze.
This adds up and keeps the horses as cool as possible.
All this said an out of shape horse won't do well on a cool day.
     
    08-03-2013, 11:12 AM
  #10
Yearling
I don't ride if the heat index is over 150. Which is a lot lately, temperature is only 75 F but 95 to 100% humidity is really bad. Or we have days of 85 F with 95% humidity.
     

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