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post #1 of 32 Old 07-26-2012, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Summer riding

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So i am now finally riding constantly every week :) yay! Before it was a lesson here at a friends house there so i am quite excited. But im not used to riding in the summer and I am exersizing four horses for the entire summer so what i was just wondering what some of you guys do to tolerate riding in the heat? What do you wear? any useful tips?

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the hardest part of riding is the ground... yup sounds about right
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post #2 of 32 Old 07-26-2012, 09:12 PM
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It's best to ride early morning or late evening, I would avoid anything from 11.00-5.00 at all cost. I made the mistake today when I changed plans from going out at 7 to around noon because I woke up late and I was suppose to go out to dinner. Well, absolutely horrible idea.
While you probably won't have to walk over a mile to find your four in the field (I didn't even know the field was that big o.o ), I was quite literally dripping sweat by the time I found her and walked back (with the rest of the herd stampeding towards us at one point and then following us) to the barn..normally I can go hours in the heat without dehydrating or getting thirsty..but as soon as I got her in the cross ties I went to the house for water. By that time, I had no effort or want to ride, I was already wiped out.
I was only wearing a cami and jeans..which ended up looking like I jumped in the river or something by the time I left the barn, after being there for only 2 and a half hours.

But..nothing between 11-5, lots of water, sunscreen (and I like a hat, since I don't wear sunscreen), more water, flyspray (for both of you!), some sort of shade for breaks..and did I mention lots of water for everyone?
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post #3 of 32 Old 07-26-2012, 09:13 PM
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If it's over 77F, I restrict my riding to early morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. If I do only have time to ride during the hottest part, I go into the woods where it's cooler under the forest canopy. I do wear equestrian specific riding gear designed to wick away sweat & keep you somewhat cool-er. When I am done riding, a cold beer goes down good.
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post #4 of 32 Old 07-26-2012, 09:16 PM
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As long as you ain't still out in the heat when ya get the beer. o.o
You'll end up like my boyfriend, puking in my neighbours yard and letting me get hollered at for it when she has to clean it up. >.>
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post #5 of 32 Old 07-26-2012, 09:19 PM
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LOL, I said "A" cold beer, not a case!
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post #6 of 32 Old 07-26-2012, 09:26 PM
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77 degrees? If it is 77 degrees, I figure that summer is over. I try to ride in the cool part of the day as well. It usually doesn't get hot until 11:00 am or so. Georgia definition of hot is over 85 degrees.
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post #7 of 32 Old 07-26-2012, 09:27 PM
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Funny thing, it was only about 7-8 beers in 5 hours..he just had to wait until after we left the beach and got to my house to do it, lol.
But, I'm gonna have to say I completely agree with you. It's even better after a 40 minute drive back to civilization. :p
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post #8 of 32 Old 07-26-2012, 09:32 PM
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I agree, the alcohol can sneak up on you in the heat! In BC, Canada, the Cariboo where I live, it rarely gets 85. An enjoyable 75 or 76 is normal, and always cools off to below 70 at night and it is not humid, a dry heat. It is ideal to ride in, pretty lucky I guess.
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post #9 of 32 Old 07-26-2012, 09:36 PM
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Our weather's been going from 65 to 105 for the past month in western PA, and I'm getting tired of it..where's the nice ~72* weather!?
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post #10 of 32 Old 07-26-2012, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Haha i only know celsius and I'm in B.C. too and also 16 lol so no cold beer for me ;) its around 20-27 degrees right now which for me is way way way too hot! i prefer cloud cover or rain :) I honestly would much rather ride in shorts and suffer then ride in jeams in the heat, how bad could it possibly be? Any ideas on how im going to fit in all four? i was thinking do the boys and then the girls at different times? i also have to work around the property while im there. On a side note i would like to say this is THE BEST summer job ever :)

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