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        06-09-2011, 09:00 AM
      #11
    Showing
    The only time I don't ride is if I'm too uncomfortable due to the humidity. When we trail ride, we are usually under the shade of trees and there are plenty of places to water a horse if they want. We don't canter as much but will still do 3 to 5 hour rides.

    Ever hear of a cowboy who can't work because it's too hot (or cold either)?
         
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        06-09-2011, 10:13 AM
      #12
    mls
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    Ever hear of a cowboy who can't work because it's too hot (or cold either)?
    We 'cowboys' would not of competed here on Tuesday. Too dangerous for horses and cattle. Air temp was 102, heat index higher than that. Wind was blowing hard. Anything you drank was absorbed and used (you can all think on how we know that . . .)

    Last night when we did compete, 70 something, windy and folks were back in long sleeved shirts and vests.
         
        06-09-2011, 12:19 PM
      #13
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    Ever hear of a cowboy who can't work because it's too hot (or cold either)?
    Who cares about cowboy, iride! We care about the horse!

    Smrobs, I'd love to exchange your temp + humid for mine. We have heat wave in effect here yesterday and today. My horses were wet just hiding in shed (I did wash them yesterday and will have to do it today again). No riding of course. It's actually hard to breath with the high humidity and that's the worst part (plus heavy sweat of course).
         
        06-09-2011, 12:29 PM
      #14
    Banned
    What I would kill to ride in long sleeves and vests. It'd be better than having to ride in shorts and a tanktop to just be comfortable and having to run out for water every 2 minutes. Ugh.

    Yeah, me I normally don't care (I just watch my breathing) but, if my horse has way to much sweat on him or I feel him all "ehhhh mom please" I don't push him. I am probably going to give him a hose down today and maybe try to ride.

    Normally, on our breaks when we ride we stand in the shade and I walk him out in the shady areas so we can both take a breather. Beau is in good shape now though so, I have nothing to worry about even if I do.

    Kitten_Val we have a heat wave here too. Today is 95* but, it feels like 100*
         
        06-10-2011, 05:38 AM
      #15
    Trained
    Around here it's often hot (95+) and humid (50%+) in the summer, so I tend to ride in the early morning, but here is a good rule of thumb that I've followed for years...

    A good rule of thumb when assessing how the heat will affect your workout is to measure the Heat Stress Index (HSI). If the sum of the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit plus the percent of humidity totals less than 120, all systems are “go.” If the sum is greater than 150, particularly if humidity contributes to more than half of this number, your horse’s natural cooling mechanisms will be compromised. You should consider lowering the intensity of your workout, shortening the length of time, or riding later in the day. If the HSI is greater than 180, a horse cannot regulate his core body temperature naturally, so he should not be forced to work. For instance, if it is 100 degrees with 80 percent humidity, leave your horse in a shaded paddock with plenty of cool, clean drinking water and go have a cold drink yourself.
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        06-10-2011, 08:21 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I'll ride as long as I'm comfortable. If I'm uncomfortable, why let the horse be uncomfortable? To me the perfect temp would be 75 F with a slight breeze. I wouldn't want to work at temps above 90, so I don't make my horses do it.

    I think, as far as a specific temp to not ride at, it depends on what they are used to.
         
        06-10-2011, 04:54 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    If I didn't ride when the heat index wasn't a triple digits I wouldn't ride for most of the summer and then some! It's been in the upper 90's for the past 2 weeks with a few days with a high of 100 already. Most horses can acclimate, as can people, but that doesn't stop me from trying to ride as early in the morning as I can, watching to see how hard my horse is working, and spending quite a bit of time cooling off (walking in the shade, long bath with vetrolin, etc)
         
        06-28-2014, 07:37 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I go by the signs of the horse. If the horse is acclimated I would ride and watch for excess sweating and heavy breathing. I usually get a lot more uncomfortable in the heat than he is.
         
        06-28-2014, 07:47 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    And a few short months ago we were discussing when is it to cold to ride......lol.....while there was snow on the ground and wind chills of negative_____(fill in the blank).

    On really hot days, I ride to the swimming hole, with a few beers in My saddle bag. I put on my swim trunks, stripped the saddle off my horse and I float around my horse while he takes a snooze in the water.

    Can't do that when it is too cold outside. Rather have the heat!
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        06-28-2014, 07:54 PM
      #20
    Trained
    95F? That's too hot for me, unless we are walking through a creek or lake, or shaded forest trails.
         

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