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post #1 of 12 Old 06-09-2012, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do to stay cool when riding in hot weather?

Hey everyone,

So I am starting riding lessons in a few weeks and I was wondering how you stay cool when riding in summer weather. What are the best times to ride (morning or evening)?

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-10-2012, 12:27 AM
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Just throwing in my two cents- I would definitely choose to ride in the morning as opposed to the evening if you are hoping to avoid the heat.

I've read that horse's eyes take longer to adjust to the change in light than ours do, so dusk is particularly worrisome for them. I know that if I ever have my boy out close to sunset he tends to a spook a lot more. So I would definitely choose morning.

Also, a nice hose-down will probably feel better for the horse while the sun is still high :)
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-10-2012, 01:01 AM
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For time of day, as HannahC already said, mornings will be the coolest under normal conditions. I can cool off in the evenings from the mid day heat, but all things being equal the morning will be cooler.
Of course I'm speaking for the horse since we have the option of using various cooling methodes (cool wrap on the back of our nect, etc....). Best ways of keep the horse cool while riding are (no particular order):
Shade
Breeze
Standing in water almost up to their stomach (they can displace a lot of heat via their legs )
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-10-2012, 01:03 AM
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I enjoy mornings as well! To me everything seems cooler- because I haven't had the chance to heat up my body yet!
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-10-2012, 02:13 AM
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It's definitely cooler in the mornings, but I'm not a morning person so this rarely happens for me as much as I'd like to. I generally ride late...7ish until it's so dark I can't see. I'm hoping to have my hubby install a light this year so that I can ride even later.
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-10-2012, 06:27 AM
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drink water, and turn the air conditioning off and stop complaining, or listening to people complain about the heat. Think happy thoughts. The heat is only a problem if you let it be.

I grew up in the South, I nor any of my friends or any of the schools had AC, we stayed outside all summer, never even noticed the heat. Now the mamby pamby libertartds close the schools if the AC isnt running.
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post #7 of 12 Old 06-10-2012, 06:38 AM
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I wear a tank top and ride on grass. Riding on sand will make you a lot hotter than riding on grass !

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post #8 of 12 Old 06-10-2012, 09:35 AM
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Like Joe, I also grew up with schools without air conditioning here in Tennessee.

That said, we started after Labor day, and ended well before Memorial day.

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post #9 of 12 Old 06-10-2012, 10:08 AM
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drink water, and turn the air conditioning off and stop complaining, or listening to people complain about the heat. Think happy thoughts. The heat is only a problem if you let it be.

I grew up in the South, I nor any of my friends or any of the schools had AC, we stayed outside all summer, never even noticed the heat. Now the mamby pamby libertartds close the schools if the AC isnt running.

Actually I can remember being sent home early from high school in the early 70's because it got to hot and we didn't have AC. But then it does get hot sooner, stays hot longer and often gets hotter in SC than VA. I can remember getting snow in March in VA back in the latter half of the 60's. Down here a flurry in Jan is a big deal (everyone goes out to see if there's over a dozen flakes )

We didn't get as many 100 degree days back in the 70's as we do now, but temps in the 90's was normal and with our sub tropical humidity it's brutal.
We stayed outside as kids because it was cooler than being inside (not to mention that the farm chores were outside) and we did most of our work in the morning or late afternoon. Mid day we were sitting in the shade or eating lunch on the front porch hoping that the breeze kept up. Even the cattle would be laying around under trees. Everything slowed down (even took naps ) mid day during the hot days from June thru Aug.

Thankfully so far this year we're enjoying a cool wave of only the upper 80s mostly to start June with and even getting some rain, but that hasn't been the norm for a long time. Generally the first week in June is upper 90's. E.g. Last year our local high for the first week of June was 101 in the shade, but someplace upstate had a high of 102 for that week. For the past 15 years our normal 1st week of June temperatures have had highs in the mid 90's to low 100's (and that's before Summer starts). These last 20 years have been hotter and drier than any of the old timers can remember and I thought it was hot back in the 70's. When the heat finally hits again (and it will, weather this good never lasts) the horses and my neighbors cattle will be back to spending the middle of the day in the shade unless we force them out of it. I prefer not to ride my horses when they are already sweating from the heat before I put a saddle on them.
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-10-2012, 10:20 AM
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One thing you have to consider about riding in the morning if you ride in a grass arena, like I do, is that the dew can be very thick and slippery in the morning and any sharp turns put you at risk of a spill. Just pay closer attention to your footing if you are going to beat the heat in the early morning.

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