Anyone else fasting in Ramadan and riding? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 9 Old 07-10-2014, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Anyone else fasting in Ramadan and riding?

Salam alaykom! peace be upon you
So I was talking to Caroline and she said there's actually several Muslims here on the forum! I was really surprised. I would love to get to know you! It's Ramadan now and the days are super long, like 17 - 18 hours where I live. I've cut down on my riding... a bit. But I still ride 3 days a week in the sun. I try to schedule later during the day when it's cooler. I ordered a '' brim made for riding helmets that blocks out the sun really well.
Also are there Muslim girls here who are trying to find "modest" clothes for riding? I came up with a solution: Huge XXXXL men's Under Armor shirts that do a good job of covering up! I also got a breathable fabric sports scarf from Botswana, Africa. It took 3 months to arrive but it is totally worth the wait.

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Hello. Sorry I can't answer your question, but you've prompted me to ask one of my own. I've always been interested in the traditional tack used by the various horse cultures of the world. I wonder if you'd have any information on Middle Eastern, or North African tack?

While I won't address women's clothing, I also find that traditional clothing is often more practical and comfortable out in the weather. When riding or working around horses, I usually wear a kerchief around my neck. I double wrap it for warmth in the winter, and soak it in the water trough in the heat of the summer. I work outdoors, and often wear a keffiyeh (spelling?). It works better than anything else I've tried for hot dusty conditions.
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I am only passingly familiar with Ramadan but "Ramadan Mubarak". I would be a bit careful riding during the hot parts of the day or for extended amounts of time. I know during the fast you are not supposed to drink and dehydration is a major concern during these hot months. I would stay safe and cut down rides and know the signs of heat stroke. It would just be horrible to end up hospitalized during what is supposed to be a joyous month.

For conservative dress, I have a few friends who are conservative christian (mostly Amish). They wear dresses as part of their religious observance, but have found that wearing sweatpants or similar type pants under there dress makes riding much more comfortable.
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I've fasted for spiritual reasons for up to 14 days, I'm Christian.

Besides drinking more during the day, I changed my heavier meal to morning and my traditional breakfast foods were eaten at night.

As far as modest clothing, out here in our dry heat we always wear loose, light colored, long sleeved shirts. Some are button down, others are what might be called "peasant blouses" and have no fasteners. And some women whose religion and traditions dictate against wearing jeans or breeches, wear riding skirts.

I'd be interested to know what you find that works for you.
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I'm with boots, have fasted in the past.

For your case I'd think it best to ride in the morning before it gets too hot out and you haven't used up all of your body's water/ energy supply from nighttime meals. Be careful out in the hot sun.. I have a good friend who celebrates Ramadan and she gets quite light headed in the shade.

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post #6 of 9 Old 07-11-2014, 01:57 AM
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I'm not doing Ramadan, but some people I know are.

I would think the best time to do it would be in the morning after breakfast if possible, before it's heated up too much!
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It must be terribly hard to go so long without food and water. I work with a police officer who observes Ramadan. To not even be able to drink water for that long a period with our long days is difficult. I think I would spend Ramadan in Australia as their days are MUCH shorter this time of year.

As for a hijab, there are wonderful sports hijabs that would be fine to ride in. If you wear a helmet, you would have to get one a bit larger to wear over it.

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I've experimented with rides in the morning vs the evening. Evening is a lot better because it's out of the sun. The adrenaline rush that comes with riding makes me forget I'm hungry.
It's really interesting reading about the Amish dress! I have never met someone else who is concerned about conservative dress.

I don't know anything about Middle eastern saddles, sorry!

I got my hijab from a company in Botswana. It is a weird design but it works very well for keeping me cool! I have also considered the Capster (shown by Allison).

The hardest part in Ramadan is definetly the thirst!
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Wasalaam. I haven't ridden this ramadaan unfortunately but last year I rode a few times and agree with you on riding in the evenings. Our fasts are around 15 hours but I live in a desert kind of country so there's humidity and a blazing sun, so I used to feel a little faint riding during the day :/

I used to have a lot of problems starting out riding with clothing but now, alhamdulillah, I wear thin three-quarter dresses with a polo neck to cover my neck with normal jodhpurs/breeches. I wear like a big headband to cover the hair around my head and then put my hair under my helmet. It does get quite stuffy sometimes so I am looking to buy a thin scarf of some sort. What company is the scarf you wear?? Will check out Capster as well :)

Ramadaan Mubarak (even if its quite late :P)
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