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post #1 of 23 Old 07-21-2011, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Staying motivated in this heat?

How are you staying motivated to ride in this heat? What are you doing in insure that your horse is not getting overheated?
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-21-2011, 05:00 PM
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Motivation is hard when it's so hot, that's for sure. But I know once I get out there and start riding it gets easier. My horses are on pasture 24/7 and for the most part they're out in the open eating grass. Early afternoon I sometimes see them standing under a tree. If I have the hose out I'll rinse them off.
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post #3 of 23 Old 07-21-2011, 05:06 PM
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I am hosing off, but I am not motivated. There is no way I am riding in this heat, my horse might cope, but I would surely die.
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post #4 of 23 Old 07-21-2011, 05:16 PM
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I refuse to put my horse through anything with this heat, he is inside from 8 am until 6pm. Then goes out over night. I still go to the barn everyday, brush him hose him and then turn him out for the night.

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post #5 of 23 Old 07-21-2011, 05:26 PM
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I don't. :P

Our barn doesn't allow us to ride if the heat index is over 90, and the horses stay in with box fans blowing on most of them. I hose my girl off if I have time to go out, otherwise I stay in the A/C.

We prefer to turn the horses out at night when it's cooler & less likely for them to overheat. We keep the windows & doors open in the stalls to keep the air circulating, and a breeze going, if there is one. They have water buckets in their stalls & hay, and then they are turned out with more hay & big water tanks.

I think it works pretty well, as our turnout does not have much shade- only two of the four pastures have trees/run in shelters, and so it's best if they are in out of the sun.

A couple of years ago (I don't recall exactly when) we tried putting a portable/mobile run-in shelter, like a mini-barn almost, in the fields without shade, but the horses refused to go near it, even if we bribed them with treats, hay, etc. They were convinced it was going to eat them. So again, we decided it was easiest/best if they are in during the day and out at night.

Alright, that was long enough.

I guess, as far as riding goes, it's best to only ride for say a half hour (not very long), have a goal in mind, and quit while you are ahead. Make sure to warm up and cool down extra carefully, and don't do hard work (jumping, gaming, lots of canterwork, etc). Afterwards, I usually hose her off and put her away, making sure she's got plenty of clean water.

My biggest pet peeve in warm/hot weather is putting a horse in a stall or on turnout without checking their water and making sure there is enough for them to drink, and that it isn't warm, dirty or otherwise unsanitary. My horse is a little picky with her water- if there's lots of hay or grain that's been dropped in her bucket, she's less likely to drink it. So you want to make sure your horse will drink what's there.

That was much more than my two cents, but I had a lot to say about it for once!
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post #6 of 23 Old 07-21-2011, 05:26 PM
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It is hard as heck to stay motivated. I just try to get out in the early morning before it hits triple digits. As for the horses, they are pretty well accustomed so they cope fine, I just keep a good eye on the ones I am working so as not to overdo.

My pasture horses, some of them get sprayed off in the afternoon/evening just because I feel sorry for them but they still survive even if they don't get that.
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post #7 of 23 Old 07-21-2011, 06:38 PM
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We ride early in the morning - we meet at 7:30 and ride around 8:00 AM partially in the shade in the woods and we are walking or just jogging - nothing super hard. I have rode for the past two days for 30 to 45 minutes under a covered arena so it wasn't super hot. Biscuit was sweating to beat the band today but we certainly weren't working hard - walking - jogging and working on a halt. I rinsed him off and put him up.

My horses are pasture boarded and have a 2 sided run in shelter. In the afternoon they are generally standing under it but during the earlier part of the day they are out grazing.

For myself, I am wearing a cool vest I bought from Hobby Hill Farms and it keeps me cooler than without. My face was sweating buckets today but my core body was cool.

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post #8 of 23 Old 07-21-2011, 06:46 PM
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I ride because my pony needs it badly to keep weight off. It's hard, but even when I'd rather just lay around in the basement (it's so gloriously cold down there!) I kick my butt outside and suck it up. I ride her at sundown so it's a bit cooler, anyways.

My younger mare I don't ride every day for lack of motivation, but she's so much fun training and riding that I have enough desire to work with her that don't need to be as forceful with myself.
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post #9 of 23 Old 07-21-2011, 07:00 PM
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I'm riding my mare, walking and trotting around the property for 30-45 minutes, but we start around 7-8 a.m. Sometimes I can get up earlier, but am working pt-time evening work these days and it's hard to get up before 6:30. She had been pasture boarded for a long time before I took her in and in all kinds of weather. If I don't ride her regularly, she can get lazy or bratty, so that is motivation enough for me! She gets electrolytes with her a.m. grain and they have lots of water available. A couple times a week I hose her off.
I am usually out at the barn until 11 or 12 a.m. then I just have to go back into the AC.
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post #10 of 23 Old 07-21-2011, 07:05 PM
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anybody else ride at night?
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