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    07-29-2012, 03:35 PM
  #21
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ridesapaintedpony    
I ride western in shorts and capris in the summer.
Do you get any rubs or anything? I'm training them for a hunting trip in september and we're working up to cantering for 15 mins straight and constantly loping to build up stamina...
     
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    07-29-2012, 04:34 PM
  #22
Weanling
Well, I only don't ride if its over 100. That being said, my horse in excellent shape for competetion and used to the heat.

To keep ME cool:
-get a helmet with vents, makes all the difference
-we keep one of the sports coolers in our indoor, next to some paper cups.
-when packing to go to the barn, bring multiple water bottles....i usually bring a bottle of gatorade and two or three water.

To keep my horse cool:
-keeping a bucket of water in the ring for walk breaks(sips only)
-picking a trail in the shade with creek crossings along the way
-using thin saddle pads
-doesnt hurt to jump off and sponge some cool water on their chests.

When riding in the heat, take extra good care of you and your horses after a ride. It usually takes me about 45 minutes to safely hydrate, cool, and make sure he is comfertable to turn back out.
     
    07-29-2012, 05:00 PM
  #23
Trained
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Originally Posted by tbstorm    
Do you get any rubs or anything? I'm training them for a hunting trip in september and we're working up to cantering for 15 mins straight and constantly loping to build up stamina...
I rode in shorts a few weeks ago. It was wonderful at the walk and at the trot. When I cantered, it pulled the skin on my inner thighs so bad that I was afraid it would rip. Ouch. It might work if you threw a towel over the saddle, but then it would be slippery. Maybe in a synthetic saddle it might work?
     
    07-29-2012, 07:58 PM
  #24
Weanling
Definitely take advantage of the cooler parts of the day. Since you have 4 that you are exercising for the summer, if you are confident, ponying is a wonderful alternative. I've even tacked up both and hit the trails. Pony one, then switch rides on the way back home (don't forget to loosen the girth a bit on the pony horse to give them a breather.)
I'm so glad to hear that everyone is being safe in this record breaking heat we've experienced. Here's to a quick and beautiful Fall!!
     
    07-29-2012, 10:21 PM
  #25
Yearling
Awesome thanks guys! Maybe if I could fine some kind of saddle cover or try to make one somehow :P I hate being hot!
     
    07-30-2012, 04:19 PM
  #26
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by tbstorm    
Do you get any rubs or anything? I'm training them for a hunting trip in september and we're working up to cantering for 15 mins straight and constantly loping to build up stamina...
No I do not but I have synthetic fenders.
     
    07-30-2012, 04:38 PM
  #27
Trained
The synthetic is most likely way better for shorts than the leather.
     
    07-31-2012, 12:42 AM
  #28
Yearling
Yeah all the saddles are leather.
     
    07-31-2012, 05:44 PM
  #29
Foal
I cut a lot of my tshirts in to no-sew tank tops following this site. It's so much cooler than even a regular tank top.

Tip: don't cut the very bottom off, it causes most regular tshirts to roll up and it's annoying.
     
    07-31-2012, 06:00 PM
  #30
Yearling
I just found something that may work for you! If you have facebook check out saddle jeans. My friend just sent me the link. Kind of goofy, but hey I would think it would save your thighs! I really am thinking about ordering some. ;)

For all who don't have facebook or rarely venture on like me;; http://saddlejeans.com/

AND, honestly I feel that is a bit steep for the price. I think I may attempt making a pair for my saddle, lol.
     

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